Until Sunday, Katie Moody was just a senior administrative coordinator at John Hopkins University and a New England Patriots fan living in the wrong city, Baltimore. Now she is the scorn of the Twitterverse because of a crass tweet she posted after the Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots 31-30 on a last-second field goal.
The tweet was aimed at Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR), whose younger brother died in a motorcycle accident a day before the game. “Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him all about your win— Ohhhh. Wait. #TooSoon?” Moody wrote.
Smith’s teammate, running back Ray Rice (@RayRice27), was among the many tweeters who lambasted Moody for her poor taste. “@katiebrady12 smh u are terrible I hope you know the word karma,” Rice tweeted. “A tweet that might have received about 10 seconds of consideration will be her legacy,” The Baltimore Sun noted in an editorial.
Moody’s employer also was pulled into the controversy when people learned that she worked at John Hopkins. “The social media comment that made light of the Smith family’s loss represented the thoughts of one individual,” the school said in a statement. “It does not in any way represent the Johns Hopkins community.”
Moody initially defended her tweet as a joke, but in response to the outcry against her, she first made her Twitter account private and then deleted everything on it accept this apology tweet: “I truly regret my ignorant, tasteless comment, and I am so sorry for the pain that it has caused, especially to Torrey Smith and his family.”