Seattle's Golden Tate again the center of debate

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by Traci Neuman

RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Golden Tate says if he repeated many of the things that showed up on his Twitter timeline after his disputed catch that lifted Seattle past Green Bay it would be a series of bleeps.

Tate spoke Wednesday for the first time since his 24-yard touchdown reception that gave Seattle a 14-12 win over the Packers on Monday night. Tate's reception set off a storm of criticism and debate about the replacement officials that awarded him the touchdown and not giving an interception to Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings.

Tate said Wednesday he fully admits to fouling Sam Shields when he shoved the defender to the ground before leaping to try and make the catch. But the outcry from angry fans startled Tate, who said he's been called, "a cheater, I don't have any dignity, I'm not a Christian, a lot of hurtful things."

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