FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Roddy White regrets sending a Tweet referring to Hurricane Katrina.
In a game that really didn’t need any additional hype, White managed to stir things up with some incendiary comments he wrote on Twitter leading up to Monday night’s crucial contest between the NFC-leading Falcons and the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
White initially went on Twitter this week to complain about comments made by former quarterback-turned-TV analyst Trent Dilfer, who said New Orleans was capable of winning twice in Atlanta, including the playoffs, to earn a return to the Super Bowl.
“No chance in hell the Aints come into the dome and win once trent dilfer,” White wrote.
Naturally, that stirred the ire of the Saints and their supporters. Defensive end Will Smith tweeted back, questioning how White “has the audacity to call us AINT’S.” Some replies, apparently from Saints fans, were downright crude.
White kept up the war of words on Wednesday.
“The grace of god gave them tht championship so tht city wouldn fall apart now and now they think they hot (obscenity),” he wrote.
In hindsight, White said, that post was probably over the line.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I really didn’t say anything about the hurricane, but they took it that way. I wasn’t trying to say anything mean about the city. I was just talking about the sports team. I am a football player. This is a sports topic. But everybody took it like, ‘He hopes the city of New Orleans dies or something.’ Come on, are you serious, man? It’s not that serious.”
Falcons coach Mike Smith said he spoke to White about his social networking but declined to reveal any details.