Ravens' Ayanbadejo reiterates apology for anti-Pats Twitter tirade

For reasons that defy explanation, Ravens backup linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo ripped the Patriots on Twitter last Sunday night as New England was working over Houston in the AFC divisional game. Ayanbadejo called the Pats' offense "suspect" and a "gimmick" before bringing up Spygate. He apologized a day later, but by then the damage had been done.

As it happens, the Ravens face the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, and you know coach Bill Belichick will take a handful of dumb Ayanbadejo tweets and fashion them into a week's worth of bulletin-board material.

This might explain why Ayanbadejo reiterated that apology on Thursday.

"I think the most important thing is we did a lot of good things this year, this organization stands for a lot of great things, and it's never about one person," Ayanabadejo told the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. "It's about the organization. So, it was just the best idea to apologize. The comments made Sunday were selfish and brought a lot of attention to myself, even though that wasn't the purpose of it. Yeah, I expressed myself, but it ended up being a lot of attention on me. That's not what this organization is about, that's not what I'm about. I'm a team player. It just didn't go off the right way, and I issued an apology."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn't interested in talking about it.

"That's all stuff that just really isn't relevant," he said. "That's all stuff that's not, I don't think, worthy of the conversation right now, at this time."

Maybe not in Baltimore, but, again, this is right in Belichick's "We get no respect" wheelhouse. CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Monday that "A Patriots source tells me Ayanbadejo's quotes have spread through the locker room faster than the flu virus traveling across New England. Players who are aware of the quote are furious and feel it is one of the most disrespectful things ever said about the franchise."

All that's left if for Rodney Harrison to give the pregame speech.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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