Katie Moody, the Baltimore-based Patriots fan, who is known on Twitter as @katiebrady12 and who has caught major heat after firing off an insensitive tweet to Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, has issued a formal apology.
"I profoundly regret my thoughtless, tasteless, and completely inappropriate comment, and I deeply lament the pain that it has caused. I would like to apologize to Torrey Smith, his family, friends, and everyone who was distressed by what I said. I should have been offering sympathy and compassion for such a terrible and heart-breaking loss. I set high standards for myself as a person and as a fan, and I fell short of these standards. This was a horrible lapse in judgment that I will always regret. I am truly sorry."
The apology comes days after Moody used her Twitter account to send this message: "Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him all about your wi--- ohhhh. Wait. #TooSoon?"
The comment came less than 24 hours after Smith's younger brother, Tevin Jones, was killed in a motorcycle accident. It immediately elicited angry reaction from Ravens fans and others online. But many went further, calling her vulgar expletives and wishing harm upon her. Several commenters posted contact information for Moody's superior at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she works as a senior administrative coordinator.
Since the initial post, Moody has switched her Twitter account to private and declined, through her employer, to comment for this article.
Numerous web users fired complaints at Johns Hopkins, where a spokesman on Tuesday confirmed Moody's identity and employment there.
One employee has received 174 emails since the initial tweet, Hopkins spokesman Dennis O'Shea said. Asked whether anyone would face disciplinary action, he responded: "I don't think we really have anything to say on this subject."
The initial tweet and another -- "The pats may have lost but at least none of them lost a family member. I'd say that's a win" -- caught attention from national media.
On Wednesday, O'Shea stressed that neither he nor his employer Johns Hopkins University was speaking for Moody.
"The tweet she send on Sunday night was from a personal account. She was acting then as an individual and not in connection with her employment at Johns Hopkins. She is also making this statement in her personal capacity," O'Shea wrote in an e-mail to The Sun.
"Ms. Moody will not respond to interview requests or comment further. Beyond this apology, she will not be calling further attention to herself at a time when she believes the focus should be on support for Torrey Smith and his family," O'Shea added.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun