Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith took to Twitter on Saturday night to answer a few fan questions, and in the process he revealed a little-known fact about himself. Apparently, Smith doesn’t like anything about New England or its fans:
RT @MBalsley If you had to pick a hockey team, who you cheering for tonight Boston or Chicago?...CHI I hate everything about NE except KG— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 23, 2013
I understand that every Fan base has bad fans what I'm saying is NE fans have more than others and think they are better than everyone else— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 23, 2013
Yeah I said it— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 23, 2013
As much as I dislike MOST of the fan base I can honestly say that I respect the coaches and ownership— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 23, 2013
Patriots Nation came out in full force to defend the honor of the fans in New England, but Smith stood by his comments and made no excuses:
@ToddlerTyler if I said it I meant it...and I don't drink so I have no excuses— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 23, 2013
While attacking the fanbase of one of his team’s fiercest rivals isn’t the smartest idea for the wide receiver, he has the right to voice his opinion like everyone else. Smith presented his points without vulgarity and was just stating his honest opinion.
This isn't Smith's first altercation with Patriots fans, who taunted the wide receiver after his brother died in a motorcycle accident the night before the Ravens-Patriots' Sept. 23 matchup last season (per NFL.com).
Played a lot of games since my brothers death and I never received as many rude tweets after a win than Sunday...yet NE fans cry about class— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 22, 2013
As much as the Ravens wideout has the right to comment about the fans, he has now opened the door to verbal attacks from New England fans on Twitter and in Foxborough every time Baltimore takes the road trip to the north.
Were Torrey Smith's comments out of line?
Smith won't have to do it in the 2013-14 regular season, though, as Baltimore plays host to the Patriots in Week 16.
The Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers and bestowed the starting job to Smith after he amassed 11 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns during Baltimore’s postseason run to a Super Bowl title, and these comments only add to the pressure to perform at an elite level.
With Smith as the main focus of the Ravens offense and New England acquiring enough bulletin-board material for the next 10 seasons, Baltimore must ensure that the talented receiver has no choice but to play great in front of the hostile fans the next time he steps foot in Gillette Stadium.