Ray Lewis Chimes in on Lockout

During an interview with ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens’ 12 time probowler was asked about his thoughts on the lockout. His response was passionate to say the least. But then again, when are words by Ray Lewis not passionate?

Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game.

Ray also alluded to how much the sport of football means to people other than players. The staff at stadiums make a living doing what they do. Taking their livelihoods away over money is just not right. The fans also suffer greatly and it is unwarrented. Although many casual fans get flak for saying “Why can’t they just get a simple deal done?”, in all honesty…why can’t they. Obviously there is much more going on behind closed doors that doesn’t make it that easy, but as Ray Lewis put it, “It’s simple, we really got to remove pride. Seriously.” The egos are getting in the way of what needs to be done. Everyone wants football next season, and something has to be done to make that possible.

When asked why he isn’t talking at the league mediations, Ray said “I’m not opposed to it.”

He claimed that he had recently texted the Head of NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, with the simple words, “Tell me when you’re ready for me to come speak.” Lewis continued to explain his intentions towards talking at the mediation saying “Because I’m not speaking about all, oh I want this, I want that.”

DeMaurice Smiths’ response, “Oh … the time coming,” as Ray Lewis smirked simply invoicing curiosity and hope in his intentions.

Later he was asked how far the Ravens are from reaching a Superbowl. “Minutes…Minutes” exclaimed Ray.

If that doesn’t make you feel better about next season than I don’t know what will. Stay tuned for more of the interview later this week.

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  • heapheaphooray

    I’ve read this story on numerous sites and many are quick to judge Ray, saying a lot of stuff about his involvement in a murder trial in 2000 in Atlanta, as well as the fact that he is just a millionaire who will be so upset because he’ll have to get a ‘real’ job. if you watched the interview, Ray says that he does not want to speak about “I want this and I want that (money)”, he’s a humble man so don’t say he’s a crybaby complaining about the money he won’t get in the event of a nonexistent season. Players are advised to always save their money in the event of a lockout and to just save period because the game isn’t guaranteed to them. So the ones complaining are those who are greedy, lavishly spending idiots, and I lump owners in that mix too. The sport brings people together and the disappearance of such a form of entertainment, as well as the billions of dollars in advertising and television associated with it, will definitely have its repercussions. Whether or not those repercussions are substantial enough to affect specific aspects of the populace, such as crime, is left to be seen, if at all. As a Ravens fan, it’s always encouraging to hear Ray Lewis’ optimism towards the game, his team, and teammates.