Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and current ESPN analyst is once again taking swipes at the Ravens’ supposed lack of leadership. Before Monday’s game on ESPN between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos, Lewis said the following:
We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership, I’ve said it earlier: “Where would the leadership come from?”. Because the leadership being strong in the locker room and winning games, listen talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.
Yes. This is the insightful commentary ESPN was hoping the former middle linebacker would provide when they signed him as an NFL analyst, talent sometimes can win you games.
Only an ex-jock can get paid to say something as senseless as this on TV.
Lewis thinks the Ravens don’t have any leaders now that he’s gone. Proof of this lack of leadership was an incident that happened Sunday night involving Jacoby Jones. The Baltimore wide receiver was on a party bus with other members of the Ravens, and a stripper hit him on the head with a gigantic bottle of champagne. An ambulance was called, and the story was reported on TMZ.
If Lewis criticizing anyone for off the field shenanigans seems wildly hypocritical, it’s because it is. In 2000, Lewis was involved in the murders of Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker. Lewis initially was indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges, but he later worked out a plea deal with the prosecutor in exchange for testifying against his two co-defendants, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting. Both men were subsequently found not guilty.
Two men are dead, and the only person ever convicted of a crime in connection to their deaths is ESPN analyst Ray Lewis.