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.