Back in January, hours after the Ravens upended the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, some unhappy New England fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure, 140 characters at a time. Their target: Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had lost his brother in a motorcycle crash four months earlier.
"Played a lot of games since my brothers death and I never received as many rude tweets after a win than Sunday," Smith wrote after the win over the Pats, "yet NE fans cry about class."
Even though we're now in the depths of the offseason, the Twitter feud continues.
The impetus this time: During the Stanley Cup Finals between the Blackhawks and the Bruins, Smith joked that he was pulling for Chicago because "I hate everything about NE (New England) except KG (Kevin Garnett)."
The Twitter backlash from New England fans was as swift as it was predictable, prompting Smith to respond with this:
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
For example, after the Ravens beat the Pats in January, a New England fan tweeted: "Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him about your wi--- ohhhh. Wait. #TooSoon?"
On Saturday, before Smith joked that the only thing he liked in New England was Kevin Garnett, he received a tweet that read "Still too soon to put one of these in your house?" It included a photo of a motorcycle arcade game.
Smith sent a few more tweets before eventually deciding that engaging trolls wasn't the best use of his time.
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
Ok I'm done starting stuff before I get a phone call from our organization haha...no apologies I meant what I said ???— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 23, 2013
Got called the N word so many times last night like there are no black folks that represent NE...typical— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 23, 2013
I'm done responding to fans who confirmed what I originally said...having 1 fan base out of 32 hate you isn't bad...don't need y'all see ya— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 23, 2013
Smith ended with this:
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