Tate catching Twitter backlash

Posted: September 27, 2012

GOLDEN TATE was asked if he could repeat some of what was directed toward him on social media after his disputed touchdown catch that lifted Seattle past Green Bay.

"If I mentioned those words it would be bleeps, bleeps, bleeps," Tate said Wednesday. "Some nasty stuff. It's mean."

Tate earned himself the odd position of being viewed as a villain when he was ruled to have pulled in a 24-yard touchdown pass that gave Seattle a 14-12 victory over the Packers on Monday night.

The catch set off a storm of criticism because the replacement officials awarded Tate the catch instead of giving an interception to Green Bay's M.D. Jennings.

Tate's only crime was getting away with offensive pass interference against Green Bay's Sam Shields, and then jumping with four Packers to try to make a play on the final heave of the game.

Tate said Wednesday that he fully acknowledges getting away with the shove on Shields, but the suggestion that he was trying to cheat is unfounded.

"I can't control what other people say or do. I personally felt like I had the ball at that time and looking back just off of what I remember I felt like I had the ball in my hands," Tate said.

"My feelings have been hurt a little bit on Twitter, but it's whatever," he said. "I've been called a cheater, I don't have any dignity, I'm not a Christian, a lot of hurtful things."

In a related development, a Las Vegas casino, The D Las Vegas, offered refunds to gamblers who lost money on the game.

In other NFL news:

 * The league fined New England coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Washington assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 for their conduct toward replacement officials.

* Kansas City put center Rodney Hudson (leg) on injured reserve.

* Cleveland receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) will be out Thursday against Baltimore.

* Oakland signed veteran defensive end Andre Carter.

* Arizona will be without running back Beanie Wells for at least seven games because of a severe turf toe injury.

* Chicago running back Matt Forte (ankle) expects to play Monday against Dallas.

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