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Joe Flacco: If you tell Ray Lewis he’s done, he’d kill you

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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis isn’t quite the player he used to be at the age of 37, but don’t even think of telling him he should retire.

Asked by Ed Werder of ESPN if this could be Lewis’s final season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said in no uncertain terms that there’s no way Lewis is retiring.

“If you tell Ray you hear he’s not playing any more, he’d freaking kill you,” Flacco told Werder.

That may be a poor choice of words, considering that Lewis was indicted for murder in 2000 and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice in connection with the stabbing deaths of two men. But Flacco’s point is that Lewis will decide for himself when he’s ready to walk away. And he has earned that right.

However, Lewis may decide to walk away fairly soon. Ray Lewis III starts playing at Miami next year, and Lewis sounds like he’s more excited about being able to see his son play at his alma mater than he is about continuing his own career. It’s hard to imagine the Ravens’ defense without Lewis out there, but we’ll see it soon. Even if Lewis isn’t ready to say exactly how soon.

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108 Responses to “Joe Flacco: If you tell Ray Lewis he’s done, he’d kill you”
  1. h3min1230 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:32 PM

    Lol

  2. apac6586 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    So THAT’S what that guy in the limo said to Lewis 15 years ago…

  3. iownyou2 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    Way to easy Flacco, Ill just let it slide and enjoy the comments of others.

  4. thetroofishere says: Oct 13, 2012 7:35 PM

    The Title Makes A Snide Comment Too Easy.

  5. vuudu says: Oct 13, 2012 7:35 PM

    Hmm… Joe, not the right choice of words there. He’d kill you…..

  6. banky74 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:36 PM

    I remember that first season after he stabbed those two guys. NOBODY wanted to run up the middle.

  7. tdrundmc says: Oct 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    Well Ray has already killed once, wouldn’t surprise anyone if he did it again.

  8. drewfl says: Oct 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    Too easy

  9. CharmCity207 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    and cue the murder comments …

  10. pksoze says: Oct 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    Literally!

  11. thatswhatsgooood says: Oct 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    Sort of like if you tell Ben Roethlisberger you’re drunk, he’d rape you.

  12. ramza86 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    Ray should tell flacco to retire.

  13. drgreenstreak says: Oct 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    Yep. He will get away with killing you just like he got away with a killing early in his career.
    Being a great football player makes him no less a lowlife murderer. Separate the sport from the monster.

  14. ironhawk says: Oct 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    I don’t think it was a poor choice of words. I think he was legitimately concerned for the safety of the local sports reporters.

  15. vicktator says: Oct 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    “Very poor choice of words” -The Joker

  16. bearzfan says: Oct 13, 2012 7:40 PM

    Hey Joe, I don’t think your choice of words are the best given that ol’ Ray should’ve been charged with a murder. Just saying.

  17. jacobamberg says: Oct 13, 2012 7:40 PM

    inb4 thousands of “He won’t kill you, but he will stand there and watch as somebody else does” jokes.

  18. vbe2 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:40 PM

    Ray Lewis, you’re done.

    Now what are you going to do about it?

  19. lovetron says: Oct 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    …and then hide in the trunk?

  20. radtrigger says: Oct 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    Literally

  21. mjbulls45 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    on youtube

    the 2001 ravens -raiders AFC title game

    tony siragusa drove rich gannons shoulder into the ground in the 1st half,

    no flag thrown,

    gannon out,

    ravens win.

  22. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Oct 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    Ahhh, the correct use of the word “ironic” is so refreshing…

  23. 6ringofsteel says: Oct 13, 2012 7:43 PM

    Let the murder jokes begin….

  24. mikelb62 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:46 PM

    Cue the references to his past….

  25. ezmoover says: Oct 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    “If you tell Ray you hear he’s not playing any more, he’d freaking kill you,” Flacco told Werder.

    That may be a poor choice of words…

    That was a PERFECT choice of words.

    Just like with O.J.

    Stabby Ray got away with murder!!!

  26. shieldsisland37 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:48 PM

    Ray Lewis has had a pretty good year statistically.

  27. nodrugarrests says: Oct 13, 2012 7:48 PM

    Somebody told him that a few years ago, but that case was thrown out.

  28. datdangdrewdundunituhgin says: Oct 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    poor choice of verbage in the headline.

  29. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Oct 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    HAHAHAHA 6 rings

  30. shadcan says: Oct 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    If he hasn’t already, zing!

  31. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 13, 2012 7:50 PM

    im afraid to write anything on here, i dont want lewis to find me :(

  32. sullijo1 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:50 PM

    With your best Joe Biden fake denture grin……..

    Malarkey!

  33. schmitty2 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:51 PM

    “If you tell Ray you hear he’s not playing any more, he’d freaking kill you

    Literally

  34. isujames says: Oct 13, 2012 7:53 PM

    interesting choice of words lol.

  35. benh999 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:53 PM

    He’s still mad he didn’t get to go to Disney World :-(

  36. nyyjetsknicks says: Oct 13, 2012 7:55 PM

    He might not kill you, but you might end up dead…

  37. leatherhelmets says: Oct 13, 2012 8:02 PM

    Mr Flacco. This is detective Palone. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind coming down to the precinct for a bit? Nothing big. Just a casual talk for a few minutes. We have some chinese take out here. Some Kung Pao, Sesame Chicken, egg rolls, yada. You like that stuff. Real casual.

  38. pftstory says: Oct 13, 2012 8:05 PM

    Yes.. Can’t believe the NFL promotes this guy and let’s him be one of the faces of the league.

    Flacco must have said ‘Opps” right after he said it.

  39. pftstory says: Oct 13, 2012 8:07 PM

    “Cue the references to his past?” How about cue the references to his present and future as a man who got away with it.

  40. ddogdaddy says: Oct 13, 2012 8:13 PM

    I’m a Colts fan and I am telling you that Ray Lewis is a stud and class act. Probably the greatest MLB of all time. Pretty funny comment though.

  41. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 13, 2012 8:19 PM

    “Joe Flacco: If you tell Ray Lewis he’s done, he’d kill you”
    “Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis isn’t quite the player he used to be”

    Actually, he sounds exactly like the “player” he used to be – except he needs to rat out a few more friends first, once the heat is applied…

  42. thepvyharvin says: Oct 13, 2012 8:21 PM

    NFL’s better with Ray Lewis,,,when animated HOF guys like Brett Favre and someday Ray retires,leaves things a little less interesting,,,

  43. matthewcarlson1 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:26 PM

    Cue the “Cue the murder reference” comments. I feel like “cue the” comments are becoming predictable as well. So stop it. NOW.

  44. realfann says: Oct 13, 2012 8:28 PM

    “And he has earned that right”

    Puleeze.

    If he stops earning his starters role, he’ll be benched, then cut.

    This isn’t Disneyland, this is the NFL.

  45. phillyrick22 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:29 PM

    Ignorance is bliss. Ray Lewis never killed anybody, he is innocent. One of the best players and men to ever play this game. He is a GREAT example on how to live your life and be a man. True Strength, no lies.

  46. rocketcrab says: Oct 13, 2012 8:29 PM

    Yea, I knda cringed when I saw that line, but then again, Flacco was, what, about 12 at the time?

  47. johngavin says: Oct 13, 2012 8:39 PM

    For the millionth time…

    He was charged with obstruction after he admitted that he gave a misleading statement to police. The two men he was with were charged with murder, stood trial and were EXONERATED by a jury of their peers. This is how justice works in America. Lewis ended up settling with the children and families of the deceased to avoid bring the whole ordeal back into the press. If there was not enough evidence to try him for murder and the other defendants were acquitted how can we keep repeating the same tired lines? He was never tried for murder.

    And to be fair, I feel exactly the way about Ben Roethlisberger. It is the callous and ultimately inaccurate barbs like these that give football fans a bad name, mostly on the internet where they hide behind anonymity.

  48. staffordsyear says: Oct 13, 2012 8:40 PM

    Im guessin ray lewis will have a “talk” with flacco after he hears this.

  49. Stiller43 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:43 PM

    Good god. It would be classified as a bad choice of words if it was any other large imposing person who likes (at LEAST on the field) violence.

    Considering he was charged with murder, i would say its a freakin hilarious choice of words.

  50. stairwayto7 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:49 PM

    When Ed Werder is found dead, better investigate Ray Lewis!

  51. hawkfan50 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:50 PM

    Well you’d hope your own quarterback would know better than that . Freudian slip thing ..

  52. osiris33 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:51 PM

    Johnathon Vilma gets a 1 year suspension for trying to knock Farve out a game, Ray Lewis gets 4 games for murder.

    Welcome to Roger Goodell’s version of the NFL

  53. abel660 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:52 PM

    thats because hes the hardest working player in the nfl today period.

  54. latchbeam says: Oct 13, 2012 9:13 PM

    So that’s how it happened…

  55. numberoneinthehoodg says: Oct 13, 2012 9:20 PM

    He’s Achmed the dead terrorist?

  56. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Oct 13, 2012 9:22 PM

    why does none of my comments ever get posted on pft but on all the other nbc sports talk sites they post? so very subpar if 64 comments on all different post do not show up on pft. this app is horrible. I can’t even see any of the pft videos or links to the videos they post but all the other nbc sports talk sites I can see and watch the videos!!! this app needs to be fixed so I can use it on my android phone and tablet!! my comments are even child friendly but do not make it thru the pft censors hmmmmm something is fishy

  57. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 13, 2012 9:24 PM

    Ok Joe Flaccoo..please watch your words..This is a man that all of us esp young men look up to..Don’t drag his name on the dirt

  58. patsman85 says: Oct 13, 2012 9:26 PM

    “If you tell Ray Lewis he’s done, he’d kill you,” Seems to be his MO… and I’m sure he’s still got the cash to beat the rap!

  59. drgreenstreak says: Oct 13, 2012 9:32 PM

    RayRay is my hero! Murderers Row in the NFL Lawyers Guild Hall of Frame.
    Pro sports is littered with people of suspect character. If the players owned any major league, it would be a gangsta-fest with armed gangs in attendance. It would be a large-scale Mike Vick dogfighting operation with P-Diddy Drunkenspunk as the commish.
    But, thankfully it is not there yet. Some decent people still watch pro sports. We don’t want more Ray Lewis creeps. I want him to retire yesterday and go watch his money work it’s magic with his kid at Miami. Doin’ good so far!

  60. istateyourname says: Oct 13, 2012 9:37 PM

    Funny, that murder stink stays on you a long time…

  61. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 13, 2012 9:39 PM

    5 minutes have gone by…I’m still alive.

    You were wrong Flacco. Anything else to say? Wow I feel powerful. Thanks Joe, I didn’t fully appreciate your ability to empower fans until now.

    lol Ray Lewis in 2013, what a joke!

  62. timmons94 says: Oct 13, 2012 9:41 PM

    Ray Ray has been there and done that already Joe…

  63. thefiesty1 says: Oct 13, 2012 9:56 PM

    Should be in prison instead of playing football.

  64. bearzfan says: Oct 13, 2012 10:04 PM

    johngavin says:Oct 13, 2012 8:39 PM

    For the millionth time…

    (really..a million?)

    . It is the callous and ultimately inaccurate barbs like these that give football fans a bad name, mostly on the internet where they hide behind anonymity.

    (Sure, “johngavin”…and if that is your real name, you are dope to put your real name in here. Now ray lewis will kill you.)

  65. baltimoresohard says: Oct 13, 2012 10:05 PM

    Leads the team in tackles and name one linebacker that sheds offensive lineman and is good in pass coverage.

  66. bubblehead22 says: Oct 13, 2012 10:22 PM

    @JohnGavin, OJ was found not guilty by a jury of his peers also…..

  67. whatjusthapped says: Oct 13, 2012 10:25 PM

    Kinda explains what happened in Atlanta a few years ago.

  68. cameraguy76 says: Oct 13, 2012 10:26 PM

    considering that Lewis was indicted for murder in 2000 and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice in connection with the stabbing deaths of two men.
    ______________________________

    Not a Ravens fan, nor do I know the facts of the legal case. I do know this is a weak story on a slow night in the NFL. Been around Ray and this isn’t the same guy. Presumption of innocence until guilt is how the legal process works. Lets play some football!

  69. ravenmuscle says: Oct 13, 2012 10:35 PM

    Ray will kill anybody he wants too…pure and simple…and that includes any A-holes on this board…got that?

    Just watch Romo get carried off on a stretcher tomorrow.

    The only players or fans that are already DEAD are steeler’s like Polamalu, Harrison, and Hampton, and Woodley, and Mendenhall…They ALL REALLY SUCK.

    And of course all Steeler fans are walking around with their terrible towels stuck up their a$$ after losing to a miserable Titan team…Bwaahaahaahaahaahaa.

  70. doe22us says: Oct 13, 2012 10:37 PM

    Face palm.

  71. tcstunner says: Oct 13, 2012 10:39 PM

    After reading that headline, I had a really good comment. Great minds must think alike, cause you all beat me to it.

  72. nflfollower says: Oct 13, 2012 10:42 PM

    Two things have combined to the decline of ray Lewis. Obviously, his age. And also the fact that the game has changed and doesn’t reward defensive intensity as much as it used to.

  73. cuda1234 says: Oct 13, 2012 10:48 PM

    Is Lewis going to be the next millionaire standing on the UM sidelines handing out cash?

  74. jaxbill says: Oct 13, 2012 10:52 PM

    A very cutting remark

  75. allnightdwight says: Oct 13, 2012 11:02 PM

    Can’t wait for this windbag to retire

  76. flockofravens says: Oct 13, 2012 11:07 PM

    after reading so many of these comments, I’m just grateful that the american judicial system isn’t in the hands of small-minded men posing as football fans who realize their life’s dreams by expressing their hatred of football players from opposing teams, passing judgement on them, and then pretending they’re just being fans…
    it’s beyond pathetic; it’s loathesome.
    it has nothing to do with football. it has nothing to do with being a fan of another team, or supporting another team. what it IS…is a bunch of little boys smearing their own excrement on a wall, and then somehow pointing to it with a perverse misapplication of pride.

  77. dadsource says: Oct 13, 2012 11:10 PM

    Don’t you know? All if you to be is black and rich to get away with killing someone. Then, when found innocent, deny- deny- deny, and claim to find God. Praise Jesus! Justice lies bleeding, families cry grieving, and a murderer makes millions, never having to answer for his crimes. This is KILLING ME!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. codysteeler says: Oct 13, 2012 11:18 PM

    I mean he does already have that track record…

  79. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 13, 2012 11:34 PM

    Flacco should have told that to Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar 12 years ago.

  80. ballreaper says: Oct 13, 2012 11:45 PM

    WE already know that Joe , That’s why no one messes with uncle ray.

  81. iamthefootballjerk says: Oct 13, 2012 11:55 PM

    Two things that are wrong with this world: The Yankees and Steelers have won championships. Makes me believe there is NO way karma exists, because these are the two most obnoxious, and ignorant, fan bases that could ever exist.

  82. tone360 says: Oct 13, 2012 11:56 PM

    Ray Lewis is done… Cause I’m death proof. I wonder what Rae Caruth is doing right now?

  83. seeptermean says: Oct 13, 2012 11:56 PM

    Quick, somebody tell Ray that he can’t play so the Ravens can win the Super Bowl again!

  84. purplengold says: Oct 14, 2012 12:25 AM

    banky74 says:
    Oct 13, 2012 7:36 PM
    I remember that first season after he stabbed those two guys. NOBODY wanted to run up the middle.

    No matter who you are, that’s funny.

  85. stlrldyfn says: Oct 14, 2012 12:54 AM

    Ravenmuscle you are most definitely on of the ” A-holes” on this board. With that being said, keep your head on a swivel you might be next! Lol!

  86. chilomane says: Oct 14, 2012 1:25 AM

    no he wouldn’t but he’d tell on who did.

  87. wtfchiefs says: Oct 14, 2012 1:55 AM

    Oh man…. This headline is like tee ball for the big league smartass

  88. hines86for6 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:56 AM

    Captain Ray Lewis: 1 SB ring
    Cap James Farrior: 2 SB ring(s)

    That is all.

  89. despinosa8 says: Oct 14, 2012 2:14 AM

    It wouldn’t be the first time….

  90. rexbeatsoff2feet says: Oct 14, 2012 2:22 AM

    Ba dum dum tish.

  91. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Oct 14, 2012 2:28 AM

    Stay classy Baltimore

  92. lgwelsh1 says: Oct 14, 2012 2:43 AM

    As soon as I read this I did my Stan from South Park impression. ” Put’s hands up” Oh no nonononono no…. “

  93. thebrownrelease says: Oct 14, 2012 4:39 AM

    NOTE TO SELF: Don’t ask Ray if he’s done.

  94. angrylionsfan says: Oct 14, 2012 5:09 AM

    I hope Ray gets at least one more shot at a Superbowl, but I also expect him to “know when it’s time” and go out with his pride intact. Ray personifies the intensity and physicality of football. I’m glad I’ve been around to see his career and value what he brings to the game.

  95. njfinfan1 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:41 AM

    Joe, maybe you should re-think your word choice a little better before you say it….

  96. trbst11 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:02 AM

    Steeler fan here. ………too easy

  97. watermelon1 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:07 AM

    Typical Joe Flacco right here.

    Has no idea how to read a defense.

    Has no idea what to say to the media.

    The sooner the Ravens realize this guy is NOT the “future,” the better chance they have of finally returning to the big game.

  98. dgarrisonb says: Oct 14, 2012 8:37 AM

    Ok Folks let’s get it right please. He was charged with obstruction of murder, he wasn’t EVER charged with murder. Not a Ravens fan but I am tired of the misinformation regarding it. Lewis is a great football player not as great as he once was though. This is purely a football reference here in this article.

  99. feadshipman says: Oct 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    His play reminds me of when Don Shula chose to keep the late, great, Bob Matheson one more year when it was obvious he wasn’t the same player any more and it cost the Dolphins another shot at a Superbowl.

    We could no longer stop the run because he was too slow at the point of attack. Ray is starting to show that now. Bob wasn’t the only dinosaur Shoe’s kept on the team but by doing so he let at least one promising rookie linebacker go who ended up going to the Pro Bowl a few years later, Joel Williams, I’m sure the Falcons are glad of that move even today.

    But the hardest thing for a warrior to realize, is when it is time to hang up the helmet, because let’s face it, the cleats go in the bottom of the locker not on a hook.

  100. greymares says: Oct 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    @flockofravens, way over the top man for Raven fans just be happy he got away with murder.

  101. timmons94 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:58 AM

    And yet the pos still gets commercials. Amazing. Who says murder doesn’t pay

  102. hartleechung says: Oct 14, 2012 8:59 AM

    “Joe Flacco: If you tell Ray Lewis he’s done, he’d kill you”

    And then he would “lose” the white suit he did it in.

  103. flaccosyellowteeth says: Oct 14, 2012 9:07 AM

    In an unrelated event, Joe Flacco has been reported missing.

  104. nflrule says: Oct 14, 2012 3:14 PM

    Open mouth and insert foot.Flacco talks alot for a guy who has never won anything.Most arrogant quarterback in the league next to Rothlesberger.

  105. sbaltimore says: Oct 15, 2012 8:52 AM

    NO player ever “earns the right” to decide when he’s going to stop playing. When the player is hurting the team, it’s up to the TEAM to decide when to pull the plug, not the player.

  106. wretchu says: Oct 15, 2012 1:56 PM

    osiris33 says:
    Oct 13, 2012 8:51 PM
    Johnathon Vilma gets a 1 year suspension for trying to knock Farve out a game, Ray Lewis gets 4 games for murder.

    Welcome to Roger Goodell’s version of the NFL
    ===
    Oh come on, be real now. Goodell was a long ways away from being the commish when that incident occurred. If anything you could bring up Donte Stallworth.

  107. lotusfather says: Oct 15, 2012 7:45 PM

    nflrule says: Oct 14, 2012 3:14 PM

    Open mouth and insert foot.Flacco talks alot for a guy who has never won anything.Most arrogant quarterback in the league next to Rothlesberger.

    So you make the point that Flacco is arrogant because he hasn’t won anything and then qualify that he is #2 arrogant guy by comparing him to Roethlisberger who has been to 3 Superbowls and won 2 of them… Don’t see the logic.

  108. raqaiw says: Oct 17, 2012 6:30 AM

    The vitriol is hilarious.
    Ray Lewis is an all time great in the sport,ridiculously wealthy beyond what any of his detractors on this web blog can hope to attain,and an inspiration to thousands of young men both in and outside of football. The phrase “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” applies here. If more convicts did as much as Ray to keep others from making the same mistakes there’d be a lot less convicts.

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