Torrey Smith, a Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, played Sunday night with a heavy heart as his younger brother Tevin was killed in a motorcycle accident just before midnight on Saturday. The Ravens left the decision to play up to Smith and he decided to knowing that Tevin would have wanted him to play. Smith finished the game with 127 yards and 2 touchdowns in a performance dedicated to his brother.
From the Baltimore Sun,
I didn’t know how I would hold up. I was telling my teammates a minute ago that this is new territory for me personally. I never really had to deal with a death in the family, let alone my brother. It’s part of life and, due to my teammates and my family and friends, I’ll be able to get over it.
No matter where your allegiance may lie, moments of triumph through such adversity should be celebrated. Smith’s character is unquestionable. Human life is more important than football.
Katie Moody Taunts Torrey Smith
Katie Moody is a Sr. Administrative Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She also earned her Bachelors and Masters from JHU in Political Science and Fiction Writing. Katie is obviously a very intelligent person, except for when it comes to social media.
Her twitter account @katiebrady12 (now private) sent these tweets out after the game,
Yes Katie that was too soon. It’s not funny to joke about another person’s brother dying.
The Internet Retaliates
Lesson to Learn
If you say something, it’s permanent. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tweet, facebook status or you’re giving a speech about how 47% of Americans are entitled and pay no taxes. It only takes a second to take a screenshot or record a video.
I’m not trying to limit anyone’s freedom of speech, but there are some things that you just don’t joke about. Encouraging an NFL player to phone their dead brother after they beat your favorite football team is probably one of them.
Note: I didn’t submit that email to Hopkins and don’t advocate the action.
Dennis O’Shea for John’s Hopkins to the Baltimore Sun:
“Our deepest sympathies are with Torrey Smith and his family. The social media comment that made light of the Smith family’s loss represented the thoughts of one individual. It does not in any way represent the Johns Hopkins community.”
A generic but necessary statement to address the issue. Social media in the workplace is a difficult topic and I’m not sure what the JHU policy is.
Torrey Smith announced on twitter that he has created The Tevin Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of his brother.
Donations can be sent to:
- The Tevin Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o T Smith
- 1 Winning Dr
- Owings Mills, MD 21117
I just got off the phone with The Baltimore Sun and they asked me a ton of questions about the story for an article in tomorrow’s paper.
Final Update (9/26/12)
Beyond the importance of what is and isn’t appropriate to release on social media, we all have things to learn from this story. Please know that it is never okay to wish any sort of harm or violence on someone else. Katie has released a statement apologizing for her actions and this is the end. Please leave her alone and let’s all move on.
“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.”
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