The Ravens are known for social media ribbing and pranking. Outside linebacker Matt Judon called Marlon Humphrey “Marvin” for a year and many teammates joined in on the light-hearted fun. Chris Wormley filled rookie DT Daylon Mack’s car full of packing peanuts due to not bringing cinnamon rolls.
One of the (assumed) rookies has a literal truck full of packing peanuts spilling out of his vehicle. pic.twitter.com/moZaVfqzoO— Kyle P Barber (@BB_KylePBarber) August 6, 2019
There was also the time OLB Matt Judon narrowly parked behind former Ravens LB Patrick Onwuasor’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
Matt Judon parks mere millimeters (or less) from Patrick Onwuasor’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat pic.twitter.com/F8aR4EiENm— Kyle P Barber (@BB_KylePBarber) April 8, 2019
But an exchange between former Ravens safety Tony Jefferson and Ravens TE Nick Boyle did not have the same energy of these pranks. Jefferson quote tweeted a study on steroid use reducing deaths in patients with severe COVID-19, saying Boyle “should be good then” if he catches COVID-19, alleging he’s used/using steroids.
Boyle has been suspended twice in his NFL career for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing substance policy, though we’ve never heard what the substance was. In fact, when head coach John Harbaugh was asked about the substance which resulted in his second suspension, he said it wasn’t steroids.
“I can tell you this: it wasn’t steroids or anything like that,” Harbaugh said. “When I first heard about it, that was my first thought, ‘Man, I hope it’s not something like that.’ It’s nothing like that.”
Boyle responded to Jefferson’s tweet, saying he should probably use steroids due to Jefferson currently being unemployed and being incapable of sticking with a team.
Never took steroids... but maybe they will help you since you can’t stay on a team and are currently unemployed ...— Nick Boyle (@nickboyle86) June 16, 2020
Boyle also responded to a fan tweet, agreeing that steroid use still wouldn’t help him play defense.
True he needs a lot of help with that— Nick Boyle (@nickboyle86) June 16, 2020
Jefferson replied to Boyle’s tweet with a GIF reaction and replying to RB Mark Ingram II’s tweet saying that’s how we roll, but, as I said, this didn’t feel the same as teasing one another or pranking. It had a bit of bite and calling out a teammate for alleged steroid use doesn’t come off the same. It has media outlets - like ourselves - reminding fans of Boyle’s past suspensions, which were nearly four years ago. You can assume this has Ravens and NFL fans searching, “Nick Boyle steroids,” online.
Maybe it was all in jest but the retort from Boyle appeared otherwise.