Apologetic Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo says "I can't tweet like I'm a fan''

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo watches the action Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo watches the action on the field during the second half of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Baltimore. (Dec. 2, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens reserve linebacker and special-teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo said he apologized to his teammates and the Ravens for representing them in a "selfish manner" when he took aim at the New England Patriots.

Ayanbadejo -- an avid tweeter who has made waves in the past for his commentary on social issues and perceived injustices -- mocked the Patriots' hurry-up offense as a "gimmick" and "suspect." But he said he soon realized his mistake when he began engaging with several Twitter followers responding to his comments.

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"When it comes to football, I'm not a fan, so I can't tweet like I'm a fan," he said. "So this time it bit me in the butt and I just made it right."

Asked how the Ravens can disrupt Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Ayanbadejo said the key is to "get after him, hit him, make him uncomfortable." When that happens, Brady becomes "like the rest of the quarterbacks," he said. "But if the offensive line blocks and he gets to sit there and he gets to do his thing, then he's one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time."

His defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, had another suggestion for disrupting Brady. Said Pees with a laugh, "Hire Tonya Harding."

-- KIMBERLEY A. MARTIN

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