New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner tweeted an apology on Thursday aimed at American fans of water polo. They surged to social media outlets after the Super Bowl participant appeared to discredit the sport earlier in the week.
Sorry 2 all the folks I offended with my water polo tweet. I can image its a beast, water is no joke.
— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) February 3, 2015
The fifth-year pro from Sylmar, CA had three tackles and broke up a pass attempt in the Patriots’ 28-24 championship victory on Sunday. In the run-up to the title game Browner admitted that violence was an expected part of the game adding, “[i]t is not like we play water polo or swimming or anything like that.”
Any trauma caused to Browner by the fiery online response from aquatics fans was likely cushioned at least somewhat by the estimated bonus of $165,000 earned by each Super Bowl victor. The Oregon State product signed a three-year, $16.8 million contract ($1 million guaranteed) with the Patriots in March of 2014.