The Baltimore Ravens on Sunday condemned racist tweets made by versatile fullback/defensive tackle Patrick Ricard from at least six years ago.
While in high school, Ricard posted at least six tweets in 2011 and 2012 featuring the “N-word.” The tweets have since been deleted and his account has been set to private.
“The tweets are totally unacceptable, and we have addressed the matter with Pat. We expect he’ll have something to say later today after the game,” the Ravens said in a statement.
Ricard, who was made inactive for the second straight game on Sunday, is a second-year undrafted player who grew up in Massachusetts and starred at Maine.
The 24-year-old Ricard has played on a total of 188 snaps (96 offensive, 47 defensive, 45 special teams) in 10 games this season. He has four tackles for the Ravens.
The news comes on the heels of Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray apologizing Sunday morning after homophobic tweets he made in 2011-12 surfaced, hours after he won the Heisman Trophy.
Murray was 14 and 15 years old when he posted an anti-gay slur on a few occasions while tweeting at his friends. The tweets in question were deleted from Murray’s account late Saturday night.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen also found themselves in the same boat. Hader had racist and homophobic tweets surface during the MLB All-Star Game and Allen had racist tweets come to light prior to being drafted.