It would probably be a very cheap shot to say Baltimore LB Ray Lewis (above) is uniquely qualified speak on the matter of violent crime. For starters, the loveable deodorant pitchman had double murder charges against him dropped in 2000 in exchange for his testimony against two buddies who were eventually acquitted, so it would be a huge stretch to claim Lewis has any particular insights on this subject. However, it is also possible ESPN couldn’t find anyone else who’d plead guilty to obstruction of justice charges along with being a Super Bowl MVP to discuss the ongoing lockout of NFL players.
“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,” Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.
That’s because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects “way more than us” — the owners and the players.
“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he said. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”
When asked why he thought crime would increase if the NFL doesn’t play games this year, Lewis said: “There’s nothing else to do Sal.”
Sunday is Day 68 of the lockout, which is now the longest work stoppage in NFL history. Lewis said the current dispute boils down to a matter of ego.
“It’s simple, we really got to remove pride. Seriously,” he said.
As for Lewis’ claim “there’s nothing else to do”, I don’t know who should feel more insulted, the programming executives at the Lifetime Network or the hardworking players of the United Football League.