Ravens' Lamar Jackson Addresses Tweet at Fan After Jaguars Loss: 'My Bad'

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVDecember 2, 2022

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 27: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball defended by Rayshawn Jenkins #2 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at TIAA Bank Field on November 27, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson addressed his response to a fan on Twitter that included anti-gay language and came after Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While speaking to reporters Friday, Jackson said, "My bad," in reference to the tweet, which he sent when he was "bitter" and "mad" after a tough loss:

Jamison Hensley @jamisonhensley

Lamar Jackson said he was “bitter” when he tweeted at a fan after Sunday’s loss. “My bad,” Jackson said. <a href="https://t.co/3DKQoVT5Xn">pic.twitter.com/3DKQoVT5Xn</a>

Jackson responded to a fan who tweeted that the Ravens should not reward him with a huge contract after the loss to Jacksonville.

While Jackson later deleted the tweet, Joe Rivera of Sporting News noted he wrote the following: "Boy STFU y'all be cappin too much on this app mf never smelt a football field never did s--t but eat d--k."

After ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley characterized Jackson's tweet as "anti-gay" on Monday, Jackson took exception with that:

Lamar Jackson @Lj_era8

<a href="https://twitter.com/jamisonhensley?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jamisonhensley</a> This is Defamation of my character, Because not once have I ever mentioned or disrespect anyone’s Sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, Religion or Race. Your reaching…

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh also commented on Jackson's tweet this week, stressing the importance of staying off social media after a loss and not responding to criticism:

"We talk a lot about football, but we also talk a little bit about that stuff too—what goes on in terms of the media and everything, and really, it's just, beg guys not to get into the Twitter world right after the game, especially after a loss. It's never going to be positive. It's not going to be a nice place, and I think that's kind of reflected in Lamar's response.

"He wants to win. I'm sure he's frustrated, just like we all are, and that's just a place you just don't want to live right after a game. I know he understands that."

In 11 games this season, he is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has also been an electric runner with 755 yards and three scores on the ground.

Many quarterbacks have received huge contract extensions over the past couple of years, including Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray.

There is little doubt that Jackson deserves to be the next, but the reported hang-up has been his desire for a fully guaranteed contract, which the Ravens have seemingly been reluctant to offer.

Since there is no obvious upgrade available to the Ravens and there likely won't be for quite some time, it is difficult to envision them letting Jackson walk in free agency.

Despite his experiencing some bumps in the road this season, the Ravens figure to at least place the franchise tag on him even if they can't reach a long-term agreement during the offseason.