Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens made some inflammatory comments about the New England Patriots on his Twtter account on Sunday, and on Monday he apologized for those remarks.
On Sunday he said the Patriots' hurry-up offense was a "gimmick." He also referred to the SpyGate incident and jabbed the Patriots for cutting a player a day before last year's Super Bowl.
The Ravens and Patriots will meet in the AFC championship game on Sunday, and on Monday, Ayanbadejo issued the following apology on Twitter: "I made selfish comments on twitter last night that reflected poorly upon myself, my teammates, and the organization. For that I apologize."
Although the Patriots publicly offered little reaction to Ayanbadejo's comments, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reported the Patriots privately are furious about those remarks and their disrespectful nature.
None of the Patriots' players paid much attention, according to a report by USA Today.
"He wasted no time, huh?" Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui told USA Today with a laugh. "We've got other things to worry about, like who to block, how to run a route, what routes we're running.
"Everyone's entitled to their opinion. We'll keep doing what's working for us and what's going to get us a victory."
The Patriots will host the Ravens in the AFC championship game on Sunday, which is a rematch of a regular-season game won by the Ravens.