Seahawks Golden Tate Still Smiling Despite Criticism
The Seahawks third year wide receiver has been hearing plenty about the last play in Monday nights Seattle win over Green Bay, some of it pretty nasty.
In the wake of Monday night's wild finish that left football fans all over the country with plenty to say, Golden Tate has heard most of it.
Larry Stone writes in today's Seattle Times:
Tate says he's been inundated with reaction via every form of social media. Much of it has been anti-social.
"If I mentioned those words, it would be bleeps, bleeps, bleeps," he said. "Some nasty stuff. It's mean. I've been called a cheater. I don't have any dignity. I'm not a Christian. A lot of hurtful things. I just pray on it and continue to live my life."
It's actually been two weeks in the maelstrom for Tate, who took some heat a week earlier for celebrating an explosive block on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee. That earned a reported $21,000 fine from the NFL.
But it was nothing compared to the backlash from his disputed catch in Monday's win over the Packers. Tate praised the support he's received from teammates, Seahawks officials and fans, but it hasn't drowned out all of the negativity.
"There's been moments it's been tough, but when you have family in the locker room and in this building, it makes it a little easier," he said. "It hasn't been too bad. My feelings have been hurt a little on Twitter, but whatever."
Tate added with a laugh, "Probably the best part is I think I've moved up in followers like 5 or 6,000 ... I guess people know my name in their household because of the two controversial calls. It's OK."
The Seahawks play at St. Louis this Sunday, with the broadcast starting at 10 a.m. on AM 1280 and FM 99.3 Newstalk KIT.