Golden Tate committed what should have been called pass interference, and caught what shouldn't have been called the game-winning touchdown on Monday night against the Packers. Needless to say, the Twitter backlash was substantial.
In addition to the chaotic tweets calling for an end to the NFL referee lockout, Tate was the recipient of plenty of hate as well. In fact, things got downright cruel.
"If I mentioned those words it would be bleeps, bleeps, bleeps," Tate told reporters Wednesday. "Some nasty stuff. It's mean."
The hatred toward Tate is expected — some people are crazy — but that doesn't mean it was warranted. After all, it's the replacement refs who botched the call and handed Seattle the victory. Even though Tate did push off before "catching" Russell Wilson's desperation hail mary bid, he was simply trying to make a play. Tate acknowledged that on Wednesday, while also noting that the big play is in the past.
"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. "We both competed for the ball and the call ended up going our way and won the game. We're 2-1 now, time to move forward. The Rams are the most important thing right now."
While Tate's focus has already shifted, the Seahawks wide receiver did mention the magnitude of the Twitter assault, which included him receiving an additional 5 or 6,000 followers in the wake of Monday's controversial game.
"There are moments where it's been tough but when you have family in the locker room and in this building it makes it easier. It hasn't been too bad. My feelings have been hurt a little bit on Twitter but it's whatever," Tate said.
Among the mean messages?
"I've been called a cheater, I don't have any dignity, I'm not a Christian, a lot of hurtful things," Tate said.
Chances are Tate will glady accept social media insults as a form of punishment for catching a game-winning touchdown on a national stage — deserved or not.