Ray Lewis says NFL lockout will mean a new crime wave

posted at 11:45 am on May 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When I first heard Ray Lewis predict a crime wave if the NFL season gets canceled, I wondered at first if Lewis worried about the fans or the players. In this ESPN interview, it sounds like Lewis means the fans, but in professional sports, it’s hard to tell — a subject about which Ray Lewis has significant first-hand knowledge. After being introduced as one of the highest profile players in the game, Lewis insists that the standoff is about egos rather actual economic interests, and again one has to wonder whether Lewis means the owners or the players. (He never actually specifies, but since Lewis is representing the players in this dispute, one can take an educated guess.) The highlight of this clip is Lewis’ dire warning of the massive criminality about to ensue because so many people “live through” NFL players, as the Daily Caller notes:

“What we’re going through right now, we’re affecting way more than us,” he said. “Too many people live through us. People live through us. Walk in the streets the way I walk in the streets.”

And according to Lewis, one of the major results of lockout would be an increase of evil, which he says will come in the form of more crime.

“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.”

In other words, give us the football and no one gets hurt. I’ve seen some pretty absurd arguments on both sides in sports labor disputes, but this one takes the cake, especially since most of the criminal news attached to pro sports either comes from the players, or from the drunken fans who show up to the games.

An NFL lockout is not a public safety risk, no matter what Ray Lewis claims. It is a symptom of a dysfunctional labor-management relationship, which is all the more absurd given the ridiculous amounts of compensation both sides receive. But if Lewis really is concerned that people live far too much through the NFL and its players, then the league is well on the way to solving that particular problem.


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Have a seat, Ray. I’ll adopt a college team for the fall, they can’t do any worse than my Bills.

trubble on May 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Become a Minnesota Gophers fan.

Nelsen on May 23, 2011 at 2:37 PM

So we need more football players, games, stadiums etc. to lessen crime?

tommer74 on May 23, 2011 at 2:41 PM

This guy is right. Haven’t you noticed the huge crime wave we experience every year in the off season!

It could be bad.

The Rock on May 23, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Here’s a great idea. How about the dumb@$$’ of Ramsey county (Minnesota) lower their standard of living an additional half a percent, in order to throw yet more money at the Ray Lewis’ of the world.

MNHawk on May 23, 2011 at 11:59 AM

As long as they’re the only county that pays for it go ahead. But don’t make us up here in St Louis County pay for it as well. We already have to put up paying for enough BS.

Nelsen on May 23, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Ray’s looking for a new gig?
Biden/Lewis 2016

The new spokesman for the National Football League Players Association, a cold blooded knife stabbing murder and future Hall of Famer.

Yes Sir….O.J. will be proud

try again later on May 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

A goon in search of a Trumka directive.

Western_Civ on May 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

It won’t help that the Supreme Court just voted to release 30-40 inmates in California due to overcrowding.

Time to buy your gun and load up on cases of bullets.

jeffn21 on May 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Ray’s looking for a new gig?
Biden/Lewis 2016

The new spokesman for the National Football League Players Association, a cold blooded knife stabbing murder and future Hall of Famer.

Yes Sir….O.J. will be proud

try again later on May 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Good Point! LOL He may have been making a threat!

jeffn21 on May 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

If there’s anyone who knows about evil, and “what [we] call crime,” it’s the murderous, rat b a s t a r d Ray Lewis.
On top of murdering an innocent man, he sold out his friends to take the fall for him.

badcrow on May 23, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Fighting dogs hardest hit.

hillbillyjim on May 23, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I’m old enough to remember when pro athletes were actually role models (the good kind) for America’s youth. Today? Not so much…

Big John on May 23, 2011 at 1:39 PM

There are still a few. New England’s Tom Brady is an excellent example, although his good deeds don’t go widely reported, primarily because he likes it that way.

1. Helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner at the Goodwill Center in Roxbury, MA (2008)

2. Is partnered with One Laptop/One Child, a charity that provides computers to underprivledged children world wide

3. Promotes health and fitness with the United Way (tv commercials)

4. Good will trips to Africa to raise awareness of the crushing poverty there (the One Campaign)

5. Works with/donates time & money to the Starlight Children’s Foundation

6. Works with/donates time & money to the Active Force Foundation, which provided adaptive sports equipment to the disabled/handicapped.

The only thing Brady’s detractors can seem to pin on him is that he left his pregnant girlfriend. Definitely a shoddy thing to do, but other NFL players have treated their girlfriends much worse.

There are also still some role models in baseball, like Boston’s David Ortiz, as well as Albert Pujols and Ruben Sierra.

Del Dolemonte on May 23, 2011 at 3:31 PM

jeffn21 on May 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Sadly, he would be elected in a landslide, given the number of stupid, foolish peoples in this country.

try again later on May 23, 2011 at 3:44 PM

give use the football and no one gets hurt.

Ed added an E for ego.

itsnotaboutme on May 23, 2011 at 3:51 PM

All I can say is that…

… the personal value of NFL players to themselves is much greater than it is to the majority of the populace.

Within the circles the players live, the populace does live through the NFL and its players, however, contrary to the players opinion of themselves, their populace does not reflect the majority.

Lawrence on May 23, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Because of course the logical response is
Well, let us END football and Finally and Fatally end those who would hurt us

:: ))
sounds like a better game anyways

Observation on May 23, 2011 at 4:00 PM

This is an unintelligent, criminal man. Perfect choice for player leader.

Mason on May 23, 2011 at 4:04 PM

I miss Johnny U!

Laura in Maryland on May 23, 2011 at 4:13 PM

“Too many people live through us.”

Right Ray, let’s get back to where just the right number of people live through you…

Akzed on May 23, 2011 at 4:40 PM

“Too many people live through us.”

Right Ray, let’s get back to where just the right number of people live through you…

Akzed on May 23, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I’m afraid that’ll go over Ray’s head, Akzed. Subtlety and nuance, I’d be willing to wager, are most likely not his strongest assets.

hillbillyjim on May 23, 2011 at 4:55 PM

If my watching the NFL depended on the criminals like Ray Lewis, they would not get squat. Now that I think about it, I haven’t paid a penny to any NFL teams coffers since Troy Aikman left the game, and he had some doozies on that team also, but at least no accomplices to murder like Mr. Lewis. Funny how many criminals come from “The U”. If there is no football this season, I’ll live my life just fine, it’s the owners, players, and merchandisers who will suffer.

Mini-14 on May 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Overpaid jocks vs. obscenely rich owners – Hmmm…. Who to root for?

BASEBALL!

mojo on May 23, 2011 at 5:37 PM

So….every NFL fan is really just an evil criminal held precariously at bay by the weekly vicarious violence fix we’re hooked on. Take that away and society crumbles into Mad-Max like anarchy.

I want some of what Ray’s been smoking.

infidel4life on May 23, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Ray ought to know.

Philly on May 23, 2011 at 7:07 PM

That jerk is out of his mind. Cancel the game completely and in a year everybody would be going about their business just as though nothing had changed. Face it, it’s fun but it’s also a child’s game that we can easily live without. Get a life Ray . . . or better yet, get a real job.

rplat on May 23, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Ah, yes. The ghetto argument. Well played, Ray, you effing nitwit.

Jaibones on May 23, 2011 at 9:48 PM

See, this is why the players want Ray representin’ out there: his deep and thoughtful judgment and perception.

Adjoran on May 23, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Overpaid jocks vs. obscenely rich owners – Hmmm…. Who to root for?

BASEBALL!

mojo on May 23, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Seriously?

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 23, 2011 at 11:46 PM

I said this months ago; well, at least with regards to Steelers Quarterback Ben Rapistburger. If he doesn’t have football, he’ll be loose in the bars toilet raping whatever he can get his hands on. End this strike for the sake of naive college girls and jock sniffing boys everywhere.

austinnelly on May 24, 2011 at 1:33 AM

These people suffer from delusions of relevancy, and we are the ones who afflicted them with it.

Professional sports are nothing but entertainment. If the entire NFL were to disband and close up shop, the world would be no poorer for it.

This nonsense will cease to matter as soon as people realize that it isn’t important.

Find some other sport to watch and enjoy instead of continuing to funnel money to these jokers.

leereyno on May 24, 2011 at 3:54 AM

Imagine if a white guy or republican said what Ray Lewis said.

76United on May 24, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I think RayRay is talking about the PLAYERS!!! If there’s no season, they may go to a city and be an accessory to murder or something.

Isn’t that RIGHT, Ray?

Sponge on May 24, 2011 at 11:03 AM

So we need more football players, games, stadiums etc. to lessen crime?

tommer74 on May 23, 2011 at 2:41 PM

–Don’t forget basketballs. Looks like you guessed it. The only way we’re safe from high stakes crime is to make sure there are plenty of teams and high paying sports? No high paying ditch digging jobs mind you….. just sports.

The people at McDonalds™ and Dunkin Donuts™ will be relieved.

he really said the truth and its kind of scary they can’t belong in society unless they get paid to jump around on the field. A percentage still does crime and drugs in growing numbers though…. we can look forward to that as well.

johnnyU on May 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Like the New York City Dunkin’ Donuts , FOOL!

Save your own Tribe, nitwit.

nimrod on May 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Ray Lewis says NFL lockout will mean a new crime wave

Yeah what’s an unemployed football player do but rob convenience stores.

MaiDee on May 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM

This seems to be a modern version of the old menacing black power tactic of the 60′ & 70′s: give us what we want or we’ll burn you house down!

Don’t think it’ll works so well these days.

Chessplayer on May 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM

I predict a record number of new babies born next summer! Husbands will actually have to spend time with their wives on Sunday night. That’s right, I predict a LOVE wave.

sothinbelle on May 24, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Word for Ray:

GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!

That makes him happy, trust me. Got me a dirty look.

And it ain’t racist.

IlikedAUH2O on May 24, 2011 at 2:46 PM

“Stop me before I kill again!”

Ray Lewis

Jaibones on May 24, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Should be especially bad around San Fran, LA, San Diego and Oakland when they drain the Cali prison system. Teams should not forget to add Ray’s valuable insights into the criminal mind to the proposal when they next hit up the taxpayers for a free stadium. No lavish HQ for the team? Okay enjoy the crime wave. You feel sorry for those cities that don’t have a franchise. Crime must be through the roof.

curved space on May 24, 2011 at 7:04 PM

As opposed to the riots that break out in any large city with a team that wins the Superbowl?

flataffect on May 25, 2011 at 1:32 AM

Why is that Ray? The National Felon League will be in the streets robbing, raping and plundering instead of playing football?

abcurtis on May 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM

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