Ravens safety Ed Reed was suspended three games by the NFL for a racially charged post, which was shared on Instagram, on Sunday.
The Ravens were also fined $25,000 and placed on postseason probation for Reed’s comments on social media, per the league’s website.
“I hate black people and want to hurt them,” Reed wrote.
“And I’ll never stop.
I want to make my teammates, my coaches, and everybody I love feel like shit.
And then the only thing I’m going to do is make the people who did that to me feel like crap.”
Reed was suspended for the Ravens season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, which started at 7:30 p.m.
ET Sunday, on Aug. 10.
The Ravens played in the opener before being shut out for the remainder of the season.
Ravens linebacker Brian Urlacher, who also has been suspended for six games, tweeted a photo of Reed with a caption that read, “I know we’re not friends, but we just can’t keep this a secret.
Randy Moss tweeted that he has a friend who has been in jail for the past year and has had his driver’s license suspended because he has been arrested for DUI.
Moss is in jail in Miami, where he was arrested for driving under the influence and resisting arrest.
Moss was also suspended by the Baltimore Ravens for four games, per The Associated Press.
Mollensaid on Twitter that the Ravens have been “forced to suspend Reed because of his actions.”
Mollsaid that he hopes Reed’s punishment will send a message that “black people can’t be victims and that they will always be targets of hate and hate speech.”
Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver, who tweeted a link to the Instagram post, also took to Twitter and said he hopes the Ravens can use Reed’s suspension to “send a message.”
Culliver also tweeted that “the NFL has been wrong for far too long in the past.
Cue the backlash.
Ravenback Justin Tucker responded to Reed’s Instagram post with a picture of himself wearing a Ravens jersey, saying, “Redskin fans, I think I’m gonna start a riot!”
He later posted another picture of him wearing a jersey with a Ravens logo.
Tucker, a free agent who has played for the Texans, Colts and Bills this season, also tweeted, “This is a team that is more than a team.
It’s a community that I can count on to help me get through any challenges that I may face.
It will be up to the Baltimore fans to do that.”
The Ravens and Reed both were fined $5,000 for their posts, which are not considered “inappropriate” by the league, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Reed’s suspension comes after a tweet from the Ravens that criticized Ravens defensive end Cameron Wake, who is black.
Riley Smith, Reed’s teammate in Miami who has since been released by the team, wrote on Twitter, “What an idiot.
This dude’s on his way out.”
He later tweeted, “#Ravens fans, welcome to a new day.
I’m sorry for all you people who are pissed off at us.
I can only hope your pain is temporary.”
Reece, a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2013, has 11 career sacks.
He has appeared in 10 games this season.