Hell hath no fury like a New England Patriots' W.A.G. scorned, it would seem.
UPDATE: Tuesday, January 22 at 8:45 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
In a statement to Larry Brown Sports, Anna Burns Welker apologized for her comments:
I’m deeply sorry for my recent post on Facebook. I let the competitiveness of the game and the comments people were making about a team I dearly love get the best of me. My actions were emotional and irrational and I sincerely apologize to Ray Lewis and anyone affected by my comment after yesterday’s game.
It is such an accomplishment for any team to make it to the NFL playoffs, and the momentary frustration I felt should not overshadow the accomplishments of both of these amazing teams.
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Over at the Big Lead, Jason McIntyre came upon a screen grab from a Facebook status posted by Burns Welker after the game. It reads as follows:
Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis' Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!
I particularly enjoyed this reaction from Chip Brown of "The Chip Brown Show" on Twitter:
Look, it's not as though this is some new way of looking at Lewis. There seems to be three ways NFL fans and folks around the league perceive the linebacker:
- The Lewis Fans: He's an inspirational leader and one of the best football players in history. He'll truly be missed, and the fact that he could go out as a Super Bowl champion would only cement his legend. In this group of folks, you'll get nothing but love for No. 52.
- The Haters (they would call themselves The Realists): Pretty much everything that Anna Burns Welker wrote. Generally, folks holding this viewpoint use more colorful language when describing him.
- The Weary: Yes, Lewis is a great player. Yes, he was tried for murder, though the charges were later dropped. But honestly, can we talk about someone else? Is all of the crying and preaching at every single moment of every single day really necessary? Can't we talk about Joe Flacco or Ray Rice instead?
But here's the thing—whether she likes it or not, anything Mrs. Welker says ultimately reflects on her husband.
And while she's entitled to her own opinions, hearing a players' wife say something like this about Lewis seems to cut into an unspoken agreement among players that Lewis should only be shown respect, at least publicly.
I'm sure there are plenty of players and perhaps even coaches that question the innocence of Lewis. But you can bet you'll never hear any of them publicly admit that. It could be considered a breach of the fraternity.
So Anna Burns Welker should probably be careful about what she publicly exclaims from here on out (and yes, your Facebook Wall is a public place now everyone; Deal with it).
And the rest of the NFL should watch out for the women of the Patriots after a loss. These ladies are not to be trifled with, folks.