By Tim Graham
Stevie Johnson tried to make a joke on Twitter a couple weeks ago, when he asked North Korea to bomb Foxborough, Mass., home of the New England Patriots.
Johnson encountered immediate backlash for the tweet. On Monday, the annual Patriots Day celebration, his tweet became even more divisive. Two explosions at the Boston Marathon have killed three bystanders and wounded around 180 people.
Johnson was no-nonsense when asked for his reaction to the Boston Marathon explosions.
"It's ironic, nothing to be played with at all," Johnson said today at One Bills Drive. "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."
As of this evening, Johnson's notorious Foxborough remark had been retweeted nearly 4,500 times and favorited nearly 1,800 times.
Johnson defended his tweet as a joke, and it remains on his Twitter feed.
War is nothing to be played with. I apologize North Korea........but if y'all do bomb 1st... Bomb Foxboro, Mass. Sincerely,#BillsMafia— STVN (@StevieJohnson13) April 3, 2013
Johnson hasn't tweeted for two days. His most recent message is a retweet from his agent, CJ LaBoy, on Monday.
Thoughts and prayers going out to everyone in Boston. Shocking & disgusting. Prayers to everyone affected and all those in the area.— CJ LaBoy (@CJ_Octagon) April 15, 2013
"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."
Johnson has been controversial on Twitter before. After an overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, Johnson seemed to blame God for dropping what should have been the winning touchdown.