Buffalo, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson expressed regret over the tweet that he made, asking North Korea to bomb Foxborough, Massachusetts, the home city of rival New England Patriots, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“It’s ironic, nothing to be played with at all,” Johnson told the Buffalo News. “I mean, that’s pretty much it. There’s really nothing to be played with, at the end of the day, with seeing what happened. I feel like how everybody else in America feels.”
“No Twitter, no games, no jokes, none of that. But at the end of the day, I feel just how everybody else felt when they see those bombs go off,” he added.
Three people died and more than 170 were wounded Monday when two bombs went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. No arrests have been made in the investigation.
On April 3, Johnson stirred controversies when he tweeted: “War is nothing to be played with. I apologize North Korea……..but if y’all do bomb 1st… Bomb Foxboro, Mass. Sincerely,#BillsMafia.”
Johnson has not deleted the tweet, which has since been retweeted more than 4,400 times and liked more than 1,700 times as of Thursday morning.
During the newspaper interview, Johnson defended the tweet as a joke, as he also did in responses to his Twitter followers immediately after posting the message.
“The only gut reaction was hearing people was injured and people died,” Johnson said. “The only thing about Twitter was how ironic it is. That’s a tough one. That’s a tough one to deal with.”