Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/24/13
For the second year in a row, a New England Patriots relative went on a tear following a playoff loss.Gisele Bundchen, wife of Tom Brady, had some critical comments for the Pats immediately after their Super Bowl loss to the Giants.This year it was the wife of Wes Welker taking center stage as she took to Facebook to go after Ray Lewis.After the Ravens downed the Patriots this past weekend, Anna Burns-Welker had this to say about Mr. Lewis:“Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. Six kids, four wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a Hall of Fame player! A true role model!”Mrs. Welker would later release a statement apologizing for her remarks.“I'm deeply sorry for my recent post on Facebook. I let the competitiveness of the game and the comments people were making about a team I dearly love get the best of me. My actions were emotional and irrational and I sincerely apologize to Ray Lewis and anyone affected by my comment after yesterday's game. It is such an accomplishment for any team to make it to the NFL playoffs, and the momentary frustration I felt should not overshadow the accomplishments of both of these amazing teams.”Despite the apology, these comments have sparked a bit of a debate about Ray Lewis and his character. It was a topic that was expected to be brought up during media week, but with Welker’s comments, it will likely be over discussed and over analyzed.Looking at the comment itself, it was not incredibly bad. Burns-Welker didn’t blame a referee or attack a teammate like Gisele Bundchen did. All she did was state facts. Yes, all of those things about Lewis are true.With that being said, the problems that Ray Lewis has had off the field had no impact on the outcome of the game that was being played. The fact of the matter is that the Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots and that has nothing to do with Lewis’ personal life.We all have our own opinions on the topic. Some people love Ray, some hate him. The difference between the average person and Anna Burns-Welker is that her opinion will be heard around the world simply because she is with a professional athlete.A person in her position has many privileges. You have money coming in from every angle, get to watch football every Sunday and have a right to say just about anything you want.Whether Burns-Welker had a point or not, what she did is not acceptable and it is an abuse of privilege. Attacking an individual player is uncalled for, especially in this situation. Nobody is perfect and these comments could come back to haunt the Welker’s.Two years, two playoff losses, two separate incidents. Hopefully by now they have learned that it is a good idea to let the players play and keep their thoughts to themselves.
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