OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was contrite Friday for sending a vulgar reply to a fan five days ago and believes he’s learned from his mistake.
“I apologize if I’ve hurt feelings out there,” Jackson said, addressing reporters for the first time since the incident.
After the Ravens were upset at 28-27 in Jacksonville on Sunday, Jackson was tagged by a Twitter user in a tweet that read, “Someone asking for over $250M with a guaranteed like [Jackson] … Games like this shouldn’t boil down to this [kicker] Justin Tucker.”
Jackson snapped back with a profane reply shortly after.
On Friday, Jackson stated that he was upset at the loss and that this tweet was the first post he read on social media.
“I had just smashed my butt – my whole team, the coaches – I saw that. I just reacted to it,” Jackson said. “My fault. My fault.”
Jackson admitted he hadn’t considered how his obscene response would impact the Ravens organization.
“I was bitter,” Jackson said. “I feel like you should be bitter after losing. No smile. I think the fans should be angry too that we lost. But don’t be mad at us. We tried it.”
Jackson’s tweet was deleted after 3 1/2 hours. According to Jackson, his girlfriend suggested removing the post.
Jackson did not reach out to the Twitter user to apologize. However, he saw the fan later post that he “loved” Jackson. The Twitter user has since switched his account to private.
“I love him too,” Jackson said. “I do. I’m not mad at him.”
Jackson, 25, has become the face of the Ravens franchise in his five NFL seasons and one of the most popular players in the NFL. Jackson, a unanimous 2019 NFL MVP, has a 44-16 record (.733) since becoming Baltimore’s starting quarterback midway through the 2018 season, trailing only Patrick Mahomes (49-14) during that span.
When asked what he would take away from the experience, Jackson replied, “Don’t say anything on Twitter. Don’t say what I said. We have children watching. I don’t need kids to say that. I’ll try to stay off twitter if anything like this happens again. Hopefully we won’t lose again.”
Jackson starts Sunday when the AFC North-leading Ravens (7-4) play host to the Denver Broncos (3-8) after kneeling in the quadriceps in last Sunday’s loss. He was restricted on Wednesday before engaging in full training sessions over the past two days.
“I’m fine now though,” Jackson said.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/35165458/ravens-lamar-jackson-apologizes-vulgar-reply-fan-tweet Ravens’ Lamar Jackson apologizes for vulgar reply to fan tweet