After the stir created by the Ravens' Brendon Ayanbadejo when he wrote that he doesn't respect the New England Patriots' offense before later issuing an apology, his teammates are downplaying the effects of his remarks.
"They are irrelevant," said Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith when asked generally about the impact of trash talking. "It doesn't really matter. People say things. You can say whatever, whether we are trash talking or they are trash talking.
"Even during the game, you still have to go out there and play. The plays need to be made, regardless of who is out there. You have to play football for 60 minutes, so words don't mean a thing."
Ayanbadejo ripped the Patriots during their AFC divisional-round victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.
"New England does some suspect stuff on offense," Ayanbadejo wrote on his verified Twitter account. "Can't really respect it. Comparable to a cheap shot b4 a fight. Are you watching the game pats vs texans? If so you see the hurry snap offense catch em b4 they set up. It's a gimmick.
"Their offense is good enough to be successful with out that. .. In a sport that is predicated on mano y mano, lets hurry up n snap it = [expletive]."
Ayanbadejo also referenced New England's Spygate controversy and releasing wide receiver Tiquan Underwood last year one day before the Super Bowl.
"You know the same organization that did spygate and cut a guy the day b4 the Super Bowl," Ayanbadejo wrote.
Today, Ayanbadejo apologized: "I made selfish comments on twitter last night that reflected poorly upon myself, my teammates, and the organization. For that I apologize."
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata declined to talk about Ayanbadejo's controversial comments, which have prompted a lot of reaction on Twitter and message boards.
"I'm not going to comment on that stuff," Ngata said. "That's all about him and his deal."