Lamar Jackson defends Matt Skura in wake of threats on center’s family
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson came to the defense of embattled teammate Matt Skura after the center and his family were targeted on social media with disturbing threats earlier this week.
Jackson made his remarks about the unfortunate situation involving Skura during his media availability session on Wednesday.
"People shouldn't be messing with Matt's family. That's my teammate, my brother." @Lj_era8 pic.twitter.com/Mdprpivi3r— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 18, 2020
“People shouldn’t be messing with his family, I don’t think, at all,” Jackson said. “That’s a human being at the end of the day. That’s my teammate. That’s my brother. … That’s just B.S.”
Skura revealed on social media on Monday that his wife Emma was subjected to “hateful and threatening messages” following the team’s Week 10 loss to the New England Patriots, a game in which he severely struggled snapping the ball.
Ravens center Matt Skura posts on IG that some fans have sent his family “hateful and threatening messages” after his poor snaps in Sunday’s loss in New England. pic.twitter.com/8bAMmuCeoz— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 16, 2020
“I appreciate those who have sent encouraging messages to me since the game,” Skura wrote on Instagram. “However, please know my family is off limits when it comes to hateful and threatening messages. They do not deserve to be scrutinized for something they did not do.”
Skura went on to add in his social media dispatch that he pledges to “take ownership” for his mistakes, which includes difficulty snapping the ball to Jackson in successive weeks.
In Sunday’s upset loss to the Patriots, two errant snaps by Skura — one on a 4th-and-1 in the third quarter and another that resulted in a 16-yard loss in the Ravens’ second-to-last drive — obviously proved to be critical plays.
Skura, who went from undrafted in 2016 to a four-year starter at center and has overcome a devastating knee injury suffered last season, hopes to put the ugly and unfortunate incident in the past.
“I want to move on from this and grow so that I’m able to be at my best for the rest of the season,” Skura wrote. “Now it’s on to the Titans.”