With a day to think about it, Brendon Ayanbadejo would like to recant his claims about the Patriots.
Ayanbadejo, the Ravens linebacker who ripped the Patriots on Twitter Sunday night over Spygate and an offense that Ayanbadejo described as a “gimmick,” returned to Twitter on Monday morning and said he was sorry for what he had said.
I made selfish comments on twitter last night that reflected poorly upon myself, my teammates, and the organization. For that I apologize.—
Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) January 14, 2013
Ayanbadejo’s comments about the Patriots were surprising and out of character for a player who’s generally viewed around the NFL as intelligent and levelheaded. The Patriots said they didn’t particularly care about anything anyone was saying in the social media, so any talk that Ayanbadejo’s tweets would make their way to a bulletin board at the Patriots’ facilities can be dismissed.
But that doesn’t mean the Ravens were happy that one of their players spoke out of turn like that. It seems likely that Ravens coach John Harbaugh or someone else in the team’s leadership leaned on Ayanbadejo to apologize and move on.