Torrey Smith says Patriots fans taunted him about dead brother

January 22, 2013

Torrey Smith was surprised to be taunted, again, about his brother’s death. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith managed to have a breakout season despite the death of his younger brother, whom he’d helped raise, in a motorcycle accident in September.

Smith played against the New England Patriots on Sept. 24, the day after his brother’s death, and was the target of taunts from fans before that game. Undaunted, he caught six passes for 127 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 31-30 victory. When the Ravens played the Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship, he found that little had changed.

“Played a lot of games since my brother’s death and I never received as many rude tweets after a win than Sunday…yet NE fans cry about class,” Smith tweeted Tuesday.

There was plenty of back and forth between the Patriots and Ravens, with Wes Welker’s wife apologizing for comments about Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs telling the “arrogant” Patriots to enjoy the Pro Bowl before moderating his tone.

Taunting Smith is one thing, but shouldn’t his family tragedy be out of bounds?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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