Wes Welker's Wife Anna Smart to Backtrack on Ray Lewis Comments

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2013

Courtesy of NESN.com
Courtesy of NESN.com

In the heat of the moment, especially when sports are involved, people will say stupid things. If you are a public figure—or in the case of Anna Burns Welker, wife of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, related to a player—an apology will be in order. 

Welker found herself in the middle of controversy for comments she made on Facebook after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead posted a screen grab of Welker's comment regarding Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis

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!

For those that don't know what Welker is referring to, in 2000, Lewis and two friends were involved in an altercation in Atlanta after the Super Bowl. Two people wound up getting killed on that night. Police questioned Lewis, but there wasn't enough evidence presented to implicate him in the case. He did plead guilty to a misdemeanor for obstruction of justice. 

Four years later, Lewis reached a financial settlement with the daughter of one of the men who was killed on that night in Atlanta. 

Whatever your opinion on Lewis and that particular case, it is only for you to say. But for Welker to use such a public forum to make her statement when she did reflects poorly on her, her husband and the New England Patriots. 

Welker did issue an apology for her comments (via Larry Brown Sports) and tried to explain why she did it. 

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.

Sports fans are the most irrational group of people in the world. Things get said in the middle of a game and immediately after that make you wonder how a lot of them manage to function in society on a daily basis. 

Welker at least had sense enough to realize that what she said was stupid and issued an apology for it, or someone got hold of her and explained why she needed to. 

Whatever the reason, Welker made the right decision to explain she let the competitive nature of the game get in the way of her thinking. Her words and actions are a reflection of everyone associated with her.