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Ray Rice's Newtown Tweets Spur Anger Among Fantasy Football Owners

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice looks up at the scoreboard during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) | AP

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was among the many athletes to express his grief and share his condolences via Twitter after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday. Like the rest of the nation, his thoughts were still with those affected by the senseless horror a few days later. After the Ravens' 34-17 loss to the Broncos, Rice again shared his thoughts about Newtown.

Ray Rice
Life is real people after the game was over today all I could think about was the families and victims in Newtown Connecticut.

Apparently, Rice's postgame tweet did not go over well with everyone who follows him. A few individuals on Twitter took issue with the sentiment, criticizing Rice for his underwhelming 38-yard rushing performance.

Daniel MacSorley
At the end of the day this is a business dude. Fans don't pay for players with big hearts they pay to see wins and Tds.

Rice responded strongly to his critics, a group that seems to have included people overly concerned with their fantasy football teams, and asked anyone who disagreed to unfollow him on Twitter.

Ray Rice
People had the nerve to tweet me about fantasy football when the people and families of Newtown CT are the ones who need us all Right Now

Ray Rice
Fantasy football is FAKE compared to what the families in Newtown CT are going through

Ray Rice
So if you feel like tweeting me about a loss or how I let you down in fantasy just unfollow me. My prayers and thoughts are with Newtown CT

The backlash against Rice was thankfully limited to the few, with the majority of fans expressing their support for the Ravens running back and the victims of the shooting.

Seriously. is on my fantasy team. He had a bad game. WHO THE HELL CARES?! Fantasy football isn't more imp. than real life. Idiots

Gordon Hewetson
you were absolutely right in your Sunday tweets re: Newtown. Admire your courage & humanity. I am a new follower.

Evan Kendall - TFJ
Much respect for for standing up to the idiots. Fantasy Football isn't more important than lives.

Unfortunately, this was not the only time that sports fans have shown a disheartening lack of perspective in the days since the Sandy Hook shooting. On Sunday night, several viewers sent racist tweets to voice their frustrations over the decision by NBC to move an NFL game briefly to a cable channel in order to broadcast President Obama's remarks during a vigil in Newtown.

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