When Football Wives Run Amok On Facebook

By David Cohen 

Anna Burns Welker, wife of New England Patriots Wide Receiver Wes Welker, apologized for the firestorm she created with a Facebook post critical of Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis following the National Football League’s American Football Conference Championship game Sunday, in which the Ravens defeated the Patriots 28-13.

Burns Welker alluded to Lewis’ past legal issues in a since-deleted post on her Facebook page, as reported by Big Lead Sports:

Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids, 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!

Cooler heads prevailed Monday, as she issued the following apology, via Larry Brown Sports:

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.

Readers: Should teams require a cooling-off period for coaches, players, and their families following tough losses before they are allowed to post on social networks?

Screen grab of Facebook post courtesy of Big Lead Sports. Tape over mouth image courtesy of Shutterstock.