While dealing with the failure of her husband's New England Patriots team, Anna Burns Welker came off like a petulant child by needlessly slamming Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
Welker and his Patriots teammates, despite being favored, lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday, 28-13.
After the game, Anna decided to show some public support for her husband, and also get in a shot at Ray Lewis.
Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead passed along Anna's message:
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!
Look, Anna has the right to say whatever she wants, and share it with whomever she likes, and she certainly isn't the only person who has been critical of Lewis' off-the-field life.
However, that doesn't make slamming his character after he just beat your husband a good idea.
I can see her after the game now: "Those stupid Ravens. They are so mean. They did not deserve to win. And who cares about Ray Lewis? He's always trying to obliterate my husband. I should give him a taste of his own medicine. To Wikipedia!"
Talking trash about an opponent that just beat her husband is in bad form. It is petty, and certainly did not display the class that the Patriots players themselves did while accepting their defeat.
Anna is not a player. She is only connected to the Patriots through her husband. However, she has to realize that being the wife of a famous football player puts her in a greater spotlight. Now she is just coming off as a sore loser who was looking for a way to lash back at the team that just knocked her hubby from the playoffs.
I get where she was coming from. I've said far worse things of opponents that have just beaten my favorite team, but I'm not going to immortalize those words in print for the entire world to see. A little tact is always wise in cases like this.
To her credit, Anna seems to realize this now, as she issued an apology (via Larry Brown Sports) and admitted her emotions got the better of her.
So, let this be a lesson to anyone getting ready to send out any message while in the moments of temporary insanity that follow a heartbreaking loss of your favorite team: Use a cooling off period before hitting the send or post button.