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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis believes there will be an increase in criminal activity if the NFL lockout lasts into the regular season. And he’s not talking about crime committed by NFL players.

Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that he thinks there’s a segment of the population that will be at risk of turning to criminal activity if there’s no football to watch on Sundays in the fall.

“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 said. “There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us. Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

Asked to explain why crime would increase without NFL games, Lewis said: “There’s nothing else to do, Sal.”

Lewis said he hopes that both sides in the labor dispute can put pride and ego aside and consider what their failure to reach an agreement says to the average fan.

“There’s people who are really struggling for real,” Lewis said. “There’s real struggles out there.”

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  1. literofcola says: May 22, 2011 4:06 PM

    Ray Lewis acts as if life revolves around football, And While I totally enjoy watching football, I’m not gonna hit the streets and start robbing and murdering if there is no football next season.

  2. bobulated says: May 22, 2011 4:07 PM

    It will if Ray is partying in Hotlanta!

  3. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 22, 2011 4:08 PM

    Of course it will. These players are hoodlums. They have no proper training. They think rules and the law do not apply to them. They never accept ownership of their actions.

    They have idiots always making excuses for them.

    Ray Lewis must be a RACIST !!!!!!!!!!

  4. bears0492 says: May 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    translation – Ray Lewis is going to kill someone (again) if football doesn’t return soon

  5. jsesquire says: May 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    But these poor kids could never even dream of being able to afford to go to a game because the players and the owners are both too greedy.

  6. 8man says: May 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    Crime will rise anyway. There are more lazy scumbags born every minute and each of them completely bereft of the talent, intellect and initiative it takes to make it in this world.

    And they all have an excuse for their actions. But we never get to hear from their victims. I will never understand why we don’t execute more violent offenders.

  7. serifyn says: May 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    In before the Stabbing jokes.

  8. jstrizzle says: May 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Is this an attempt to blame crime on the owners if they don’t get a deal done. Ultimately, people all control their own decisions.

    (https://minnesporta.wordpress.com)

  9. deanvernonwormer says: May 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Ray, tell us about it.

  10. citizenstrange says: May 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Why is there no correlated in increase in crime in the off season when there is no football on Sundays?

    And Monday through Saturday for that matter?

    Ray-Ray shhhhhhhh. The grown ups are talking.

  11. skoobyfl says: May 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    If the NFL players have nothing to do with themselves all fall / winter, I think this will be the case for sure.

  12. tncm333 says: May 22, 2011 4:18 PM

    “There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us. Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, stabbing guys, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

  13. dan39564 says: May 22, 2011 4:19 PM

    I Guess He Should Know, better than anyone!

  14. FinFan68 says: May 22, 2011 4:19 PM

    If no football sends some people on a crime spree then I submit that the crime spree was inevitable regardless of football. It is a game, a form of entertainment and nothing more.

  15. ar1888 says: May 22, 2011 4:19 PM

    If that is true Ray why dont you have the player rep Demaurice Smith make a counter offer? Cant get a CBA if the players wont respond to offers on the table.

  16. sotoman33 says: May 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    Uh Ray, we seem to be doing just fine during the offseason ever since the beginning of time. We do still have College football.
    Last and def not least, I think you should worry about the players and not the fans turning to crime. If you want research, take a look at the turd meter from time to time.

  17. jstatham1979 says: May 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    Here’s right.

    Given more free time; Ray himself is likely to stab someone.

  18. chochav says: May 22, 2011 4:22 PM

    Totally agree, Watching this interview I saw this man’s passion for the fans and the game. Got goosebumps when he spoke. He’s really on our side. Then on a different note, didn’t he kill a guy?

  19. Dustin Chace White says: May 22, 2011 4:23 PM

    Sorry to disappoint you Ray, but I will not be going on a massive crime spree if there is no NFL season. America loves the NFL, but I don’t think we are so desperate for it that we would begin rioting in the streets and murdering people.

  20. euroamericans says: May 22, 2011 4:25 PM

    Correct me if I am wrong, Ray Ray, but aren’t a member of the Union* that is refusing to negotiate? Your hands are dirty too.

  21. thingamajig says: May 22, 2011 4:28 PM

    Asked to explain why crime would increase without NFL games, Lewis said: “There’s nothing else to do, Sal.”

    Maybe they could use their down time to look for a job.

  22. fatfreddystubbs says: May 22, 2011 4:29 PM

    Why is there no correlated in increase in crime in the off season when there is no football on Sundays?

    ————————————————-
    That’s exactly what I thought when i read his statement. I’m no Criminologist (if that’s a word), but do you need a lost season to study this? Can’t you just look at crime stats from the second week of Febuary through Labor Day?

  23. halftermguv says: May 22, 2011 4:29 PM

    Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

  24. cryptker says: May 22, 2011 4:30 PM

    Ray would know!

  25. dan39564 says: May 22, 2011 4:31 PM

    Oh! He wasn’t talking about just the Player? Having once lived in Baltimore, I can almost agree with him. If you are not, in a bar watching football, then you are out on the street mugging, raping, and murdering innocent people who would otherwise be at the Stadium, or home watching football!

  26. camnewton420 says: May 22, 2011 4:32 PM


    dj khaled im on one <– LISTEN

  27. pittman2052 says: May 22, 2011 4:32 PM

    When did Ray ever stab or kill anyone?

  28. dirtytaco says: May 22, 2011 4:35 PM

    Just shut up and murder another person already

  29. goombar2 says: May 22, 2011 4:36 PM

    Is this a threat?

  30. tamvu says: May 22, 2011 4:38 PM

    well, he’s not completely wrong. the only reason the crime rate will increase is because these player/tards will have nothing better to do in their spare time.

    the nerve to claim that us fans NEED football to live…or else…it’s the other way around, buddy.

  31. hoobsher says: May 22, 2011 4:42 PM

    why will the crime rate rise if the nfl doesnt play?

    BECAUSE THERES NOTHING ELSE TO DO!???

    1. spend time with family
    2. hang out with the boys
    3. get drunk with the boys
    4. get high with the boys
    5. play some video games
    6. watch a movie
    7. watch tv
    8. GO FLY A DAMN KITE, IDFC!!!

    dear rayray: youre without a doubt one of the best linebackers to ever play, but the fact that you think people would go out and commit crime (on a sunday, no less) just because theres no football game on really shows me how your mind works.

  32. TheWizard says: May 22, 2011 4:50 PM

    This is why they play football instead of waxing eloquent on the travails of society.

    Or, that’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.

    If true, it’s pathetic.

  33. nothimagain says: May 22, 2011 4:51 PM

    People who believe the earth was created 10,000 years ago strongly agree with Ray.

  34. oo9er says: May 22, 2011 4:58 PM

    I understand where Ray Lewis is coming from with that statement. What I will say is that there is no conclusive evidence to prove or disprove that notion yet I will admit there are many who live through them ie Financial support “entourages” and by them “As in the Hardcore Football Fan who Watches every game and plans around it”.

    I will have to give him the benefit of the doubt crime may increase but not to an overblown rate.

  35. snaponrules says: May 22, 2011 4:58 PM

    He KNOWS the crime rate will go up, because he will be out on the streets on Sundays and wont be at the team facilities the rest of the week.
    Stabbings will almost certainly rise.

  36. tfbuckfutter says: May 22, 2011 4:58 PM

    Dumbest effing thing I’ve ever heard anyone say ever.

  37. innerlign says: May 22, 2011 4:59 PM

    There’s nothing else to do?
    What an idiotic statement. LEarn a musical instrument, read a book.
    I like Ray, but he is looking really stupid with this one.

  38. fatfreddystubbs says: May 22, 2011 5:04 PM

    Besides, doesn’t Ray play in Baltimore? I thought, according to Omar in season 3, that there’s some type of code in Baltimore that you don’t commit crimes on Sundays. Or maybe it was just Sunday mornings when you’re taking Grandma to church. Need to dust off my “Wire” DVD’s.

  39. t1mmy10 says: May 22, 2011 5:07 PM

    “You wanna go rob that liquor store?”

    “Nah man, ravens game is on in an hour. But man oh man, if there was a lockout…”

    Yeah, I’m sure that’s very realistic.

  40. canesfan56 says: May 22, 2011 5:07 PM

    As a Canes fan who watched Raymond’s first game in person all I can say is “what a dumbass!”

  41. cletusvandam says: May 22, 2011 5:08 PM

    If there is one thing ray lewis knows about, it’s committing a crime

  42. thefiesty1 says: May 22, 2011 5:08 PM

    He ought to know. Football is only a distraction for many of these guys. Otherwise, they’re be in trouble ALL the time. Idle hands…….

  43. aweber102405 says: May 22, 2011 5:12 PM

    He says people live through us…..i wish these idiot players would quit thinking they are gods…. i cant even stomach these players anymore…..you play a meaningless game……ray, guess what…..im more in awe of my marine next door neighbor who just did his 3rd tour in afghaniston …..oh, ray….here is a name you know that has real bravery and courage that we should be in awe of and not punks like you…………………………pat tillman

  44. titsburgfeelers says: May 22, 2011 5:13 PM

    I say its a wash. Being a bailbonds man in california business alaways pick’s up when the raiders loose. Most of the bail calls are for spouse abuse.

  45. iflounder says: May 22, 2011 5:14 PM

    so the people that are going to commit crime anyway are distracted on sundays, and monday night, what about tues – thurs? and how much crime is committed on sun by the same small percentage of the population that are criminals after they had too much to drink watching football? and what about the home invasions that are stopped because honest people are home instead of attending the game or a social function to watch the game? do any of the players still have a connection to reality?

  46. p4hbiz says: May 22, 2011 5:17 PM

    I Concur!

  47. reents says: May 22, 2011 5:27 PM

    Ray was talking about the guys that work at the stadium, like vendors and other people, if they can’t work they may turn to crime to support their families.

    Ray said the deal would be done, if some guys would put pride to the side, and said that he would talk and De Smith has said his time will come and soon, but Ray did say he would talk soon.

    If Ray Lewis was in charge this would be done and we could talk about the upcoming season.

  48. nyncsports says: May 22, 2011 5:35 PM

    I think Ray was trying to say. That if there is no football then he is going to shoot someone else.

  49. Tim says: May 22, 2011 5:36 PM

    I sure hope I don’t let him down!

  50. commandercornpone says: May 22, 2011 5:39 PM

    there goes ray, fulfilling another couple of stereotypes…

  51. 4evrnyt says: May 22, 2011 5:40 PM

    What the the murderer said was. The NFL is essentially nothing but criminals that otherwise would be out breaking the law if it wasn’t for this thing called football to distract them.

    Well, stupid is as stupid does.

  52. cleonslamminsalmon says: May 22, 2011 5:46 PM

    I think he was speaking about himself. Stupid ex Hurricanes…

  53. bengalsfan123 says: May 22, 2011 5:50 PM

    One thing that will not be going up during the NFL Lockout is Ray Lewis’ IQ.

  54. duanethomas says: May 22, 2011 5:50 PM

    Not a smart statement. There have been porfessional sports lockout/strikes before and people found a way to fill the void in a positive way. Football is not that important…Ray Ray

  55. benchillada says: May 22, 2011 5:55 PM

    Doesn’t anyone realize that he is talking about the people who are seriously struggling….not like you and I?

  56. occamsrazor1 says: May 22, 2011 6:00 PM

    If there is no football on Sundays people are going to be confused. And when people confused they start stabbing eachother.

  57. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: May 22, 2011 6:03 PM

    “There’s nothing else to do, Sal.”

    Really? Really??
    I know he lives in Maryland (on par with West Virginia) but nothing else to do?

  58. southmo says: May 22, 2011 6:05 PM

    Sadly crime does go up in the summer so in about a month, some brainiac is going to claim he was right…

    And it’ll probably someone who believes in the Big Bang Theory… or someone with legs… or someone who believes Pepsi is better than Coke…

    Sorry, just thought I’d say something random like the reference to a 10,000 year old earth up there…

  59. sdw2001 says: May 22, 2011 6:12 PM

    8man says:
    May 22, 2011 4:11 PM
    Crime will rise anyway. There are more lazy scumbags born every minute and each of them completely bereft of the talent, intellect and initiative it takes to make it in this world.

    And they all have an excuse for their actions. But we never get to hear from their victims. I will never understand why we don’t execute more violent offenders.

    ————————-
    Not to get too heavy, but crime has gone down over the past 30 years. Example: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0524/US-crime-rate-is-down-six-key-reasons

  60. brasho says: May 22, 2011 6:22 PM

    Sad to say, as much as like football, but there is probably more crime because of football than due to the lack of it.

  61. king3319 says: May 22, 2011 6:24 PM

    Ray Ray Ray Ray…for a man that usually speaks with intelligence this is not one of your better interviews…however I do work for the postal service and there are ALOT of no life I know all about football and live and die with this game guys that are a little…….unstable…..pray for me!!!! Lol

  62. montanared says: May 22, 2011 6:26 PM

    Once again Ray reminds us (1) he went to college on an athletic scholarship, and (2) he didn’t graduate.

  63. navis97 says: May 22, 2011 6:32 PM

    Ray WOULD know, he’s a criminal.

  64. beefsbrother says: May 22, 2011 6:34 PM

    If anyone knows about crime, it’s Ray.

  65. tatum064 says: May 22, 2011 6:36 PM

    8man says: May 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    Crime will rise anyway. There are more lazy scumbags born every minute and each of them completely bereft of the talent, intellect and initiative it takes to make it in this world.
    =============================
    Idiotic.

    -15% of the population on food stamps
    -much higher unemployment
    -bankrupt county level muncipalities
    -tent cities springing up in places like Fresno, CA and in the rust belt states
    -prisons having to let out offenders due to same bankruptcy
    -has nothing to do with “scumbags”

  66. garyln7 says: May 22, 2011 6:36 PM

    Ray is a complete moron!! Too many blows to the head….dumbest thing I have heard said since the rapture stuff….

  67. tv426 says: May 22, 2011 6:47 PM

    Well Ray Ray and Mendenhall can become adjunct professors at their nearest university…….oh, wait, nevermind!

  68. hedleykow says: May 22, 2011 6:49 PM

    When crime becomes the activity of choice in the fight against boredom, we have obviously failed as a society in the area of family planning.

    Access to birth control options is the path to a smarter future. (Words you will never hear on FOX News.)

  69. grudenthediva says: May 22, 2011 6:59 PM

    Sure, Mr. Research Raven, the crime rate will rise. Stabbings, shootings, and muggings will skyrocket.

    And Reverend Ray will be furiously running to the scene of each crime, ready to hop on the pile late to take credit for those too.

  70. harpoo51 says: May 22, 2011 7:00 PM

    Some of the comments here really amaze me….if Ray Lewis knows anything about crime he knows how to get away with one. Any more comments coming from him should be a crime.

  71. nocryinginbaseball07 says: May 22, 2011 7:02 PM

    Does Ray actually think that these poor, desperate people he’s worried about are going to sink lower into desperation without football on Sunday? He’s not talking about guys who normally sit in front of their big screen TV’s with a beer and a sandwich, and will now be planning crime sprees. Football is not the glue that holds the truly desperate together! Just ludicrous.

  72. mrjumpman23 says: May 22, 2011 7:05 PM

    montanared says:
    May 22, 2011 6:26 PM
    Once again Ray reminds us (1) he went to college on an athletic scholarship, and (2) he didn’t graduate.

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Lewis, who played in the 2004 Pro Bowl, fulfilled a promise made to his mother Sunseria by earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland in May.

    Its funny how idiots like you can make stupid comments about people. Your comments reminds me how ignorant our society is.

  73. Deb says: May 22, 2011 7:07 PM

    Ray makes an intelligent sociological comment, so of course, it brings out the Neanderthals of PFT. Some days it’s really sad to see what lurks here.

    @literofcola …

    He wasn’t talking about you, doofus. He specifically referenced “the streets” and people with nothing else in their lives. It’s not all about you.

    @iamtalking …

    Obviously you didn’t even read the comment but were just suckered in by the headline. He wasn’t talking about the players but was making an astute observation about how football gives some elements of society a focus and a way to act out.

    @8man …

    Human beings are not born lazy scumbags anymore than they’re born self-righteous jackasses.

  74. justanotherdummy says: May 22, 2011 7:19 PM

    Oh my goodness. Please make the players stop talking. “There’s nothing else to do…” Somebody needs to get to the agents, and get them to issue gag orders to clients, or the smart players have to talk slowly, in simple sentences to the really stupid ones. Do not say any more. About anything. They are actually making me not want to watch them.

  75. sgm405 says: May 22, 2011 7:30 PM

    Oh crap! Ray Lewis and his boys are going to murder someone else! End the lockout!!!!!!!

  76. beefbus says: May 22, 2011 7:30 PM

    So, 2,400 players make a difference in the crime rate? More idiocy from America’s ultimate warrior ego-maniacs.

  77. shiftyshellshocked says: May 22, 2011 7:30 PM

    That could be one of the silliest things ole Shifty has ever read.

  78. timegambit says: May 22, 2011 7:32 PM

    When I read the headline, I thought it was a direct threat from Ray Lewis: Resolve this lock-out or ELSE!

  79. txhc says: May 22, 2011 7:35 PM

    “8man says:
    May 22, 2011 4:11 PM
    Crime will rise anyway. There are more lazy scumbags born every minute and each of them completely bereft of the talent, intellect and initiative it takes to make it in this world.

    And they all have an excuse for their actions. But we never get to hear from their victims. I will never understand why we don’t execute more violent offenders.”

    Move to Texas. We fry their asses on the regular, lol.

  80. clintonrb says: May 22, 2011 7:43 PM

    - I believe that most folks willing to commit a would be willing to do it even if football was on 24/7-dumb statement mr lewis

  81. Patriot42 says: May 22, 2011 7:51 PM

    If the league doesn’t settle this thing then by God, the criminal element of the players will create trouble because these guys will revert back to their basic instincts.

  82. thetooloftools says: May 22, 2011 7:51 PM

    HE SHOULD KNOW !

  83. doe22us says: May 22, 2011 7:52 PM

    Great, i will run a regression and co-relation coefficient between lockout and crime lmao

  84. mwm367 says: May 22, 2011 7:52 PM

    I had a comment here, but I think it’s already been said.

  85. jpmelon says: May 22, 2011 8:04 PM

    I know for a fact that Orchard Park, NY would have about 200 less cases of public intoxication and assault on any given Football Sunday had there not been a football game.

    I know this wasn’t his point, but Ray threatening more crime if he isn’t playing football sounds about right.

  86. schmedley69 says: May 22, 2011 8:05 PM

    I can’t wait until this guy finally retires.

  87. azwildcats96 says: May 22, 2011 8:07 PM

    The majority of NFL players are a positive influence on their communities and are far from criminals. Stop the ignorant comments with racist undertones. “The majority of the nfl is black therefore nfl players are all criminals.” The facts prove different.
    If you listen to the interview Ray Lewis is referring to the thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on NFL games every Sunday not just the players. I do think he is blowing it out of proportion though. Also, the stabbing jokes are funny as hell. rofl

  88. 1phd says: May 22, 2011 8:11 PM

    Wait folks! You misunderstood. He was referring to the Big Corporations, who without their ads telling us how great they are (BP is still cleaning up the Gulf and they want y’all to know how great they are for doing that) or how much we need them (every hot chick and wild party requires a bottle of Bud Light), will need to figure out new ways to dazzle us with their BS and skirt the laws by paying off even more politicians and judges (see the 8th Circuit COA). It’s a jungle out there! I understand Ray, I really do!

  89. dickroy says: May 22, 2011 8:17 PM

    Don’t worry Ray, even if they murder someone, they will get a pass, just like you did. No one wants to hear about crime from a person like you. You should be in prison yourself. Double standards when it comes to law in America!!

  90. 8man says: May 22, 2011 8:40 PM

    @sdw2001:
    Thanks for the good news. I’ll actually sleep better tonight. Insightful.

    @tatum064:
    Sounds like you are making excuses for it. Guess what? That’s why we still have it because people like you tolerate it.

    And I don’t care why someone turns to crime. If they can’t hack life for some reason, it’s no justification to prey on someone who can.

    Oh, and NFL games on Sundays won’t directly or significantly help any of the issues you have listed.

  91. 8man says: May 22, 2011 8:47 PM

    Deb says:
    May 22, 2011 7:07 PM
    Ray makes an intelligent sociological comment, so of course, it brings out the Neanderthals of PFT. Some days it’s really sad to see what lurks here.
    ———————————————–
    There is no substantive data available to support this specific of an assertion. It’s speculative at best and possibly inciteful at worst. Seriously.

    Deb says:
    Human beings are not born lazy scumbags anymore than they’re born self-righteous jackasses.
    ————————————————
    Thank you, love. You must know my wife.

  92. commandercornpone says: May 22, 2011 9:02 PM

    tatum, letting scumbags out of jail to commit more crime does most certainly involve scumbags.

    hedley, yer a dick. people who plan pregnancies and can afford them dont have an issue. they can also afford and know how to use condoms.

    nbc/msnbc/cbs/abc/cnn/oprah watchers dont plan, cant afford and dont know how to use a doggone thing. and they watch networks with schitty ratings, to boot.

    clinton, commit a what?

    az cat wouldnt know a fact if it bit him in his botoxed-a$$. most crimes are committed by nubians and illegals. the media doesnt report jack. of course ray ray was talking about the hood. what else does he really know about? actually unlike a lot of america, most players are pretty close to reverting to criminal hood-action (yes they are black), and some even do it while they have a contract.

  93. mrjumpman23 says: May 22, 2011 9:04 PM

    dickroy says:
    May 22, 2011 8:17 PM
    Don’t worry Ray, even if they murder someone, they will get a pass, just like you did. No one wants to hear about crime from a person like you. You should be in prison yourself. Double standards when it comes to law in America!!

    Your mother should have swallowed you, but she didn’t. Ray Lewis has never been convicted of murder, so I find all of these murder comments funny. I wonder how much of a murderer would Ray be, if he played for your respective teams?

  94. sf424 says: May 22, 2011 9:23 PM

    @Deb: Agreed completely. I think a lot of what Lewis is saying here is totally valid. Literally it’s as simple as giving people predisposed to crime something to do. That’s the philosophy behind programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, and that’s an effective program.

  95. coachstram says: May 22, 2011 9:28 PM

    Well, of course crime will increase…..he and Rothlisberger will have too much idle time on thier hands……..

    Really, anyone that gives this ass and ounce of credibility on his ill advise comments needs thier heads examined.

    So, Ray Lewis is now the standard bearer of social issues and solutions????

    Moronic.

  96. getweird4u says: May 22, 2011 9:31 PM

    Omar,stringer bell and avon barksdale love to watch football!

  97. dickroy says: May 22, 2011 9:43 PM

    My Mother should have swallowed me!! You sound like a real good person. No matter what team he plays for, he was INVOLVED in a murder. He got nothing because of who he is. What gets to me is this guy talking about players getting into trouble.

  98. eaglesfan290 says: May 22, 2011 9:59 PM

    Well I guess this is the perspective of the typical NFL player……………….when I don’t have a game to play on Sun I rob stuff!

    I mean give me a break because there is no football people are going to turn to crime…………….wait I can hear it now the Ray Lewis Defense …………..”your honor I had to steal that car Ray lewis said without football I was worthless and needed to turn to crime” LOL

    Ray go back to school and remember it’s good to kill the QB not people Ray!

    This is the kinda stuff LT used to say when he was playing, so Ray you are 7 years away from that fate. Check ID at the door Ray

  99. browns1968 says: May 22, 2011 10:13 PM

    He’s right, They players will be getting into trouble!

  100. Deb says: May 22, 2011 10:28 PM

    @sf424 …

    Thank you. Comments like yours give me hope for humankind :)

    @8man …

    Ray didn’t provide substantive data, but as sf424 said, there is substantive data that finding alternative activities for at-risk kids makes a difference. So it’s not beyond reason that giving people from at-risk communities alternative outlets also helps keep them out of trouble. And I wouldn’t be surprised to learn someone somewhere has substantive data to back up that assertion. Ray is making comments based on his own observations of troubled populations.

    @dickroy …

    Ray isn’t talking about players getting into trouble. He’s talking about people from troubled communities getting into mischief if they don’t have that football outlet to keep them occupied. It’s a reasonable theory.

    Because of my work, I spent several years living in ghetto projects in another country. People from those communities are much more interdependent than people from typical middle-class communities. Getting a multi-million-dollar football contract doesn’t cut those ties. As a young player, Lewis was still caught up in his old life and that’s how he wound up involved in a murder. He didn’t kill anyone; he helped cover for his friends. But his legal issues were resolved long ago, and he’s spent years since doing positive things for the community.

  101. ravensfan4life52 says: May 22, 2011 10:39 PM

    if you all realized that there is a world out there besides your perfect suburban lives you would realize that ray is making a legitimate point. criminals who live in the ghetto that are football fans will now not be able to watch football on sundays. so now they’ll be outside committing more crimes on sundays. and thus the crime rate rises. it makes sense. think people.

  102. terminatorlikesmaids says: May 22, 2011 11:02 PM

    So thats why there is so much crime in Clevland. No football….for years.

  103. maddogbruin says: May 22, 2011 11:02 PM

    Ray, Ray, padding the resume…Murderer, Criminologist, Statistician.

  104. sonoco says: May 23, 2011 12:53 AM

    Why would it be much different than the other 7 months a year? And college football isn’t going anywhere.

  105. hendeeze says: May 23, 2011 1:05 AM

    Is that a threat Ray Ray?

  106. mikeyz6 says: May 23, 2011 1:41 AM

    i think there will be less crime!…… i wont have to be out robbin armored trucks to go to a pre-season game, park and have a dog w/ a few 9 dollar beers

  107. backindasaddle says: May 23, 2011 1:43 AM

    This jerk apparently is so egotistical that he actually thinks we all live to watch him.

  108. ishiibrad says: May 23, 2011 1:54 AM

    Everyone please remember this statement! When winter rolls around lets see how many players will have had something to do with the courts and police services?
    I bet it will be a larger % then the fan population

  109. axespray says: May 23, 2011 2:29 AM

    8man says:
    May 22, 2011 4:11 PM
    Crime will rise anyway. There are more lazy scumbags born every minute and each of them completely bereft of the talent, intellect and initiative it takes to make it in this world.

    ——————-^

    So anyone born in a tough spot should be executed or aborted?
    what if it’s some rich snobs (parishilton/lindsylohan) doing crimes do we stick with the letting them get out of jail after an hour?

  110. heavyjumbo says: May 23, 2011 4:10 AM

    Not sure what it is, but I think ravensfan4life52 might be a little biased.

  111. bertcampaneris says: May 23, 2011 6:36 AM

    Ah, Ray Ray would know. That HGH abuse must really be driving him over the edge.

    He’s the Barry Bonds of football, minus the tainted records. (but plus a, uh, RECORD).

  112. 706vet says: May 23, 2011 7:16 AM

    The public is safer with NFL players working. It gives the players something to do.

  113. icematrix69 says: May 23, 2011 7:32 AM

    Asked to explain why crime would increase without NFL games, Lewis said: “There’s nothing else to do, Sal.”

    *************

    How bout getting a job!!! Crime is a choice, not a destined way of life.

    Why not choose to go back to school, choose to be a positive influence somewhere, choose to stop blaming everyone else for your problems!!!

    That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my life Ray…….

  114. alacard052003 says: May 23, 2011 7:37 AM

    Im not for the whole bickering back and forth between the players and the NFL, but PFT did not release where he said ” Im talking about people that work in the stadiums , people who depend on us to play football so that they can feed there families”. So yes when he says they live through “us” They essentially do. No football no jobs for the working people that provide the vending services, stadium clean up and so forth. I do hope they get a deal done Not for the game itself but for the people who depend on the income/extra income.

  115. tombrookshire says: May 23, 2011 8:31 AM

    OK, so this crook is sitting around the apartment on Sunday morning, and there is no football. So, he decides to knock over a bodega? Something like that?

  116. lebrack27 says: May 23, 2011 9:07 AM

    This is another reason why some athletes don’t need to speak, Ray is a great player, but this is among the stupiest comments ever from players. I’ll add him to the of those that should just play and not talk, Cromatie, James Harrison, etc… I agree with Ray, but the only crime that rise is the one committed by players who don’t know what to do. Once again, Ray is been way too overdramatic. He make it sounds like people are getting out the street in panic mode and start stabbing their neighbors. Ray just shut the F..k up

  117. thegonz13 says: May 23, 2011 9:10 AM

    Lewis has a point. I mean, look at the crime rate go up among NFL players. If this keeps up, NFL will really stand for National Felons League.

  118. 8man says: May 23, 2011 10:07 AM

    @axespray:

    That’s a great question and it actually leads to my next point which is, in the course of determining what factors lead to criminal behavior, one of the prevalent factors is poor or abused childhoods. Which is, of course, an indicator that some people are having children that they do not have the resources or capabilities to raise. So yeah, these types of people should stop having kids. Dude, in some cases, we are subsidizing the breeding of criminals.

    I’m not a “it takes a village to raise a child” kind of guy.

    And I don’t care of it’s Paris Hilton, Paris France or Paris Jones. If you break the law, you get punished! And I think I said we should execute violent offenders. That’s a bit more exacting than being someone born in a tough spot.

  119. bensstinkyfingers says: May 23, 2011 10:28 AM

    If there was ever any doubt that Ray Ray played a major part of the Atlanta murders. this transcript should clear that up. Yeah, unfortunately he is right, there will be a small percentage of the “Ghetto” fans that will commit more crime on Sundays. They have 4 extra hours to devise their well thought out plans then drink a few extra King Cobras or Steel Reserves. But Truth is if people are capable of committing crimes, then they will find time regardless if football is on or not it will just get pushed back a few hours. Ray just stick to tackling people, and making commercials where you ride on oversized birds in Ray Ray land to sell soap.

  120. vaphinfan says: May 23, 2011 10:30 AM

    So your saying a 18 game season would help reduce with the crime rate due to the season being longer? Then are you against a 18 game season?

  121. tjrubleysaudible says: May 23, 2011 11:12 AM

    Wow this is the funniest thing I’ve read in I dunno how long. “The people you don’t see all the time…” are you hallucinating or something? I have a very hard time believing he “walks the streets”, I mean who is he in the offseason, Joe Friday?

    We all know the real reason crime will rise, no need for me to repeat it. This is so funny!

  122. Deb says: May 23, 2011 11:44 AM

    @8man …

    Of course, your argument is about a certain type of criminal behavior. But realistically, I’ve been repeatedly victimized by corporate con artists, bankers, and politicians lining their pockets with my money and have never been victimized by an American from the projects. My aunt worked 16-hour days nearly 35 years for the same company only to have them decide–just as she retired–to kill their pension plan. And the people who made that decision were probably born in nice middle- and upper-middle-class homes. They took a lot more from her than anyone would ever get in a purse-snatching.

    I agree about executing violent offenders. But I consider bankrupting America an act of violence. Let’s start rounding them up on Wall Street.

  123. steelerlady43 says: May 23, 2011 12:04 PM

    Maybe in Baltimore……

  124. 8man says: May 23, 2011 2:07 PM

    @ Deb:

    Completely agree about Wall Street racketeers and corrupt politicians. They are the worst kind because they betray the public trust, do it repeatedly and often do it for a lengthy time. As a free marketer, even I see the necessity for intense scrutiny, oversight and severe penalty for lying, cheating and embezzling in each of those arenas.

    But Wall Street is closed on Sunday, so there is little they can do if the games aren’t being played. :)

    And I still fail to understand how not having the NFL play games this year will increase crime. Think about it. It will be millions of people not sitting in bars or their basements watching TV. Maybe they’ll do something positive instead, like cut their grass or spend more time with their kids.

  125. buckybadger says: May 23, 2011 3:03 PM

    I see many comments making fun of this statement but there is some logic to this. We probably would see a slight bump in some violent crimes. Not saying people will say “Hey there is no football, lets go do some crime!”. That won’t be the case but there will be thousands of young dumb people who will have one more day of their week to do some thing stupid. Idle hands are always up to no good.

    Indirectly yes there could be a very slight rise in crime but nothing significant. If you look up crime rates there are several things that seem to effect them.

  126. buckybadger says: May 23, 2011 3:06 PM

    This is another reason why some athletes don’t need to speak, Ray is a great player, but this is among the stupiest comments ever from players. I’ll add him to the of those that should just play and not talk, Cromatie, James Harrison, etc… I agree with Ray, but the only crime that rise is the one committed by players who don’t know what to do. Once again, Ray is been way too overdramatic. He make it sounds like people are getting out the street in panic mode and start stabbing their neighbors. Ray just shut the F..k up

    ———————-

    That isn’t what he said at all. Way to take something and turn it into something extreme. Did you even look at the full conversation or just look at these few lines and decide that was enough?

  127. wetpaperbag2 says: May 23, 2011 4:17 PM

    Reading this article, I thought Ray Lewis was smoking something; saying what he said. But after watching the ACTUAL video interview, I got a full understanding of what he meant.

    There are those who DO live for football (and we ALL know these types of fanatics, i.e. the movie “Big Fan”). But the heart of which he was referring to were those who’s livelihoods depend on football. Stadium workers, small and large businesses, grounds keepers, security, etc. Couple that with an economy where finding a job is often near impossible or finding a job where 5,000 other people aren’t applying for the same position.

  128. granadafan says: May 23, 2011 4:44 PM

    There’s a certain segment of the population that thinks crime and breaking the law is OK. There’s no accountability, zero parenting, zero teaching of right and wrong, and very very very little community pressure to teach their young to be law-abiding citizens. The failing culturally deep and on the verge of anarchy if the conditions were right, ie., no cops around. Notice that there was little to no looting or robbing in Japan after the tsunami destroyed large portions of the country? The Japanese teach their kids to respect society. Sadly, that is not the same for a certain portion of our country. FACT.

  129. redskinsrt says: May 23, 2011 5:19 PM

    A former roommate of mine is a police officer who patrols SE DC; he said that he loved Skins games because there was no crime, and if we won, a lot less that night.

  130. getweird4u says: May 23, 2011 6:06 PM

    @deb heres a thought stop having babies if ur poor,ghetto stricken.

  131. Deb says: May 23, 2011 6:35 PM

    @8man …

    Wish as a free marketer you’d have that need-for-oversight talk with airraid77 :)

    Read the comment from redskinsrt. It’s just about having an outlet–and spending time watching games or working on your fantasy rosters instead of roaming around with nothing to do. Football takes up a lot of time–and it can be an outlet for letting out frustration and aggression in a nonthreatening way.

    Spending more time with the kids? Gosh, my family bonds over football :)

    @getweird4u …

    Well, thanks for that thought. Do you have any suggestions for how to persuade poor, ghetto-stricken people to stop having babies? About 15 or 16 years ago, a community in New Jersey was experimenting with paying poor people not to have children. The program was pretty successful but there were big outcries against it from all sorts of groups. Any other ideas? Partisan groups fight any attempt to educate kids on birth control, much less to provide birth control. You can’t force people not to have children. Well, the Nazis did, but we’re not the Nazis.

  132. getweird4u says: May 23, 2011 10:02 PM

    @deb yeah i have an idea,
    #1. Drug test ALL people getting ANY form of public assistance,if u fail cutoff.
    #2 Limit public assistance to 2 children.
    #3 Limit public assistance to (you pick the number of years) not 18 yrs.I believe once your kids get to the age of 6 where they go to school all day anyone can find a part time job of some sorts i.e. fast food.
    #4 DO NOT let them use food stamps for crap food and soda pop if we have to support your as**s at least limit them to reasonably healthy food so we arent supporting your diabetes medications as an adult……

    As a hard working lower middle class family it makes me sick to think that if me and my wife would get fired,enjoy 12 yrs of unemployment or whatever ridiculous amount of time we’ll run up our deficit to pay people to NOT look for work ,and then to top it all off continue to have babies to keep the welfare checks comin in we might actually be better off(my kids delivered for free,any health problems paid for) while i give the insurance company plenty of $ just to have them want to cover nothin without at least three phone calls makes me want to puke!No wonder people get so used to doin nothin it’s a vicous cycle that must be broke,and some people will fall by the wayside but all great change comes with a price.

  133. Deb says: May 24, 2011 12:50 AM

    @getweird4u …

    Yeah, that all sounds great. Here’s the reality:

    Buying fresh fruits and veg, lean meats, and whole grains costs twice what it costs to buy junk food.

    Some people simply don’t have the mental wherewithal to do anything other than menial labor. And working 60 hours a week at McDonald’s will not pay daycare for one child, let alone daycare plus living expenses. And the state refuses to consider the government-sponsored daycare so many other nations have. So we have to pay people to stay home with their children.

    Once the children reach school age, something still has to be done with them after school is out. And no one wants to fund after-school programs. You can’t leave the kids home alone because latchkey kids soon create their own problems in society by turning to crime and drugs and producing babies of their own.

    You can tell people you won’t provide welfare if they go over two children, but what if they get pregnant anyway? It happens–especially since no one wants to distribute birth control or provide sex education in schools. Are you going to pay for an abortion? Nooooo, not with tax dollars, you’re not. You can’t force a mother to give up a child for adoption–that brings you back to the Nazi scenario. So are you just going to leave that child to starve, punishing an innocent baby for the sins of the parents?

    My dad grew up picking cotton, and my mother worked two jobs from the age of 13. My brother the lawyer’s first job was digging ditches, and I never stopped working through three cancer battles. I’m no happier about busting my butt and handing over a third of my earnings to taxes than anyone else is. But these problems aren’t so easy to solve. And I’d rather face God knowing my money helped feed poor children than knowing it subsidized oil companies and bankers. And if we’re going to cut something, let’s stop hemorrhaging $$$$$–and lives–in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

  134. sgt50 says: May 24, 2011 11:12 AM

    FBI Crime Statistics released 05/23/2011 stated that violent crime across nation was down 5.5%, Hey Ray, guess not as many people living through you as you would have hoped.

  135. beelicker says: May 24, 2011 1:21 PM

    I think everyone is missing Ray’s real ‘point’ here.

    If we could actually see what’s going on in his thought balloon, Ray (sitting home in the moonlight, brooding & wearing a purple smoking jacket) is musing (suddenly, a knife comes flying in from the streets below through the open window) …”NFL fans is a superstitious, cowardly lot, so I must strike fear into their hearts… I shall become … The ShankRay!”

  136. getweird4u says: May 24, 2011 7:00 PM

    @deb
    ur money helps prolong a busted system and buys food shelter and healthcare for LAZY people.Not to mention missles nukes and space shuttle missions,research on ducks,beavers and any other stupid ass pork barrel thing our senators,representitives can throw in there.We are flat ass broke as a country yet we spend like we are high on the hog.Kids are resiliant and i dont know where you live but where im from homeless kids end up in shelter’s and if u get pregnant three times without any money ur on ur own enough tryin to take care of ignorant people.

  137. Deb says: May 24, 2011 8:00 PM

    @getweird4u …

    I know the system is broken. I know how my money is spent. The difference between us is that I believe we should work on stopping those pregnancies before they occur rather than just leaving people–and innocent babies to starve afterward. And I believe societies have a responsibility to take care of their children rather than throwing them into shelters and assuming they’ll be resilient while making sure we don’t overtax our billionaires as we bail out our irresponsible banks and Wall Street firms. Not all poor people are LAZY.

    I don’t mind if some of my money goes to entitlements for people less fortunate than I am. I mind that most of it goes to support the wealthy and priviledged.

  138. tformation says: May 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    schmedley69 says: May 22, 2011 8:05 PM

    I can’t wait until this guy finally retires.

    —–

    That won’t stop him from talking. He’s hall of fame material. TV cameras are going to be shoving microphones in front of his face until he’s dead in the ground. Judging on the sports press coverage during the lockout, they might even shove microphones in his face after that.

    If Ray was talking about the loss of 2011 season as a hit to the economy, then Ray needs to think a little bit more before he speaks. Especially if he plans on fake-laughing it up with Shannon Sharpe in a couple years.

  139. jammer88 says: May 26, 2011 11:09 AM

    wow, let me see if I got this right. Ray Lewis, who killed two people at a bar in Miami after his team, the Ravens got lucky and won a superbowl, but was acquitted of the charges because the witnessess were intiminated by Ray Lewis and they didn’t testify, claims that if football is cancelled this season, that crime would go up. Who would have thunk it?

  140. geemoney713 says: May 26, 2011 6:06 PM

    I wonder when Ray and Mendenhall will start the Ray and Rashard Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too

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