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Ray Lewis: Dance wasn’t disrespectful

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Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne wasn’t a fan of the postgame “squirrel” dance Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis did on the field at the end of last Sunday’s Wild Card game, calling it “disrespectful” during a radio interview this week.

Lewis responded to Wayne on Tuesday and, to no surprise, had a decidedly different take. Lewis said the dance had nothing to do with the Colts, but was about “honoring my team and honoring my city” after what will be the final home game of Lewis’ career unless he reverses course on retirement.

“That was about capping off a heck of a legacy of 17 years. When he was in Pop Warner playing football, I was in Baltimore. To salute my city that way, I guess the trot around the field was disrespectful too. No. It wasn’t even about them. The game was over,” Lewis said, via the team’s website. “I didn’t go towards their sideline or make no big issue of that because I’ve never been that type of player. But [it was] to salute my city, knowing that people love to see that.”

That’s certainly the way the dance came across on Sunday afternoon, although one can understand why a player from the losing team might have a different read on it. As Wayne said, they were celebrating Lewis all day long and that was one final moment for a player who has been the face of the Ravens franchise since there has been a Ravens franchise.

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116 Responses to “Ray Lewis: Dance wasn’t disrespectful”
  1. tatvin says: Jan 9, 2013 9:00 AM

    just let him have his last dance, he wont be dancing on Sat

  2. drmonkeyarmy says: Jan 9, 2013 9:02 AM

    Sorry Ray, to me your legacy will always be hopping into the back of a car after your boys stabbed some people to death. Seems like the NFL and many people have forgotten what a true hypocrite you are. I see all these commericals with you about leadership….a true leader would have stood up and did the right thing…..instead you cower and hide.

  3. packermama says: Jan 9, 2013 9:02 AM

    He was dancing his big heart out and showing the love to his city. It was beautiful and something Baltimore fans and many sport’s fans will very fondly remember as his farewell.

  4. lifeofcurley says: Jan 9, 2013 9:04 AM

    It was completely self serving which is who Ray Lewis is as a man. I know all the great stuff he has done since him and his buddies killed a guy but, his legacy should include him and his buddies killed a guy.

  5. vtopa says: Jan 9, 2013 9:05 AM

    Oh don’t feel so bad Reggie….I think Ray did the same dance after he got off his murder charges in Atlanta.

  6. raypinpillage says: Jan 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    I friggin hate that dance. But, it certainly was not disrespectful towards the Colts.

  7. fanofevilempire says: Jan 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    Reggie, when you win you can do what you want!

    now shut up and go look at film why they shut you guys down.

  8. bradshawlives says: Jan 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    He probably has it in his contract with ESPN that he gets to dance into the studio.

  9. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 9, 2013 9:08 AM

    Ray Lewis should be in prison and the Ravens are an illegitimate franchise.

  10. opneon says: Jan 9, 2013 9:08 AM

    It was a home game, so at least he didn’t go out and stand on the horseshoe, or Dallas star like T.O. did. I am a Ravens fan and thought the whole day was a bit overdone, but this was the end of a tremendous carreer. No one in his drafting class even plays anymore and Ray still plays hard…it’s amazing!

    However, I also understand there will be nay-sayers…but there always are…so you may as well celebrate because they’ll find something to complain about no matter what.

    My only disappointment was that he didn’t mention Pagano in his parting field interview.

  11. S.Nevada says: Jan 9, 2013 9:09 AM

    Me: Dance was stupid and embarrassing.

  12. ravanator says: Jan 9, 2013 9:10 AM

    I am a dancer and really respect Ray’s dance moves, just stinks he should of retired two years ago, way past his prime

  13. ravensallday2012 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:10 AM

    If u don’t appreciate ray Lewis u pretty
    Much are an idiot and should never comment on football. Dance was no disrespectful it was a way to celebrate a great career and all the things ray means to bmore. We love ray and ray Lewis is bmore. Can’t wait until we beat Denver sat and all these idiot sport fans can sit there with nothing to say

  14. eagleempire says: Jan 9, 2013 9:12 AM

    Never have I seen a more self-serving phony idiot. Take your stupid dance and your what time is it (that you stole from the chicago Bulls) along with your dogs in the house, and go away. The whole act has been tired for 15 years. See ya later Ray. Great player, but a self serving egotistical jack ass

  15. badguy711 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:12 AM

    The dance didn’t look disrespectful. It did, as usual, look stupid. As usual.

  16. fordmandalay says: Jan 9, 2013 9:13 AM

    Yeah, I’m not a Lewis or Raven fan, but everybody who is any kind of fan of sports knew his dance at the end was just a final salute and ‘thank you’ to the city and the fans. I’m surprised that someone who’s been a veteran as long as Wayne would go out of his way to be offended. Maybe theres just too much bad blood between them over the years, and that colors his viewpoint.

  17. joemammy says: Jan 9, 2013 9:13 AM

    Ray celebrating Ray. A tribute to an overblown sense of self-importance.

  18. bayrich says: Jan 9, 2013 9:14 AM

    Did u guys have a bad night? I loved every min of the dance!

  19. redmanalishi says: Jan 9, 2013 9:14 AM

    I like Wayne, he’s a good guy. But he’s sucking on some sour grapes with this thing. It was Ray’s day.

    But hey, if Wayne can redefine the position of WR, play 17 years with one team and he gets to play his final home game of a hall of fame career with a playoff win then he can show us how to do it differently. We’ll check back with you in 2018 Reggie.

  20. FinFan68 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:15 AM

    When I watched it on tv I got the impression that is spelled out above. The team honored him similar to a final substitution in basketball. He did his signature dance one last time for the home crowd. It was in no way disrespectful to indy.

  21. coltzfan166 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:17 AM

    Not to sound like a biased Colts fan, but Reggie isn’t the type to complain. So it would take something pretty big for him to do so.

  22. Brittany says: Jan 9, 2013 9:18 AM

    Amazing the number of haters here. Amazing. I understand the need to remember what happened that night 17 years ago. I wish two people hadn’t lost their lives from it; we all do. But harp on and on about he’s a “hypocrite,” Atlanta being his legacy? Ridiculous.

    If a hypocrite is someone who makes a mistake one night, and then works to make himself better/NOT shying away from talking about it ever since, how would he not be a hypocrite? By continuing to make mistakes since the first one he made?

    I admit the man is theatrical, but if anybody says that in his prime he wasn’t a force and even after his prime they would have loved for someone on his team to have been as knowledgeable on defense, they are lying.

  23. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:23 AM

    Because of their opponent. I’ll be the Ravens #1 fan this weekend. Hopefully I get to see Ray Lewis do a victory dance one more time.

  24. knackstermyea says: Jan 9, 2013 9:24 AM

    Thats just his ” I got acquitted of Murder” dance.

  25. bullcharger says: Jan 9, 2013 9:25 AM

    It was not disrespectful, Wayne just didn’t like losing. When the Jets beat the Patriots in 2010 they made airplane arms and were running up and down the field like idiots and they were directly taunting the fans sitting close to the sideline. That is definitely disrespectful, but who cares. They won so they can celebrate how ever they want.

  26. magicbucs says: Jan 9, 2013 9:25 AM

    The dance is lame, I respect him as a player but not a person.

  27. anarchopurplism says: Jan 9, 2013 9:27 AM

    Not a Raven’s fan.

    That dance was clearly a “last dance” to cap off a great career after his last game in that stadium, where consequently, they go crazy for that dance.

    Did anyone else notice the Colts player rushing in to congratulate Ray, then turn back when he realized Ray would be doing his “last dance?”

    Reggie Wayne needs to shut up. It OBVIOUSLY was not about you or your team.

  28. brownspower says: Jan 9, 2013 9:27 AM

    Ray has always been about Ray. His dance should have been about getting released from prison.

  29. drmonkeyarmy says: Jan 9, 2013 9:28 AM

    Brittany…..he is a hypocrite because he preaches leadership when at the one time in his life when he was called on to be a true leader and hero he fled. Bottom line.

  30. dirtybirds24 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:28 AM

    I was there, it wasnt done in any disrespect.. The time already expired and he did it facing the Ravens sideline.. And while he did it the place went nuts..

  31. getweird4u says: Jan 9, 2013 9:33 AM

    He is the best MLB of all time!… he is also an unadulterated tool and his “dances” look like someone having a siezure grow up!

  32. fin1fan says: Jan 9, 2013 9:33 AM

    Not a Colts or Ravens fan….thought it was a nice touch to say goodbye to some great Baltimore fans……

  33. ravenscaps48 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:33 AM

    How are the Steelers doing this postseason?

  34. davidschap says: Jan 9, 2013 9:34 AM

    Ray Lewis is a tool. Great player but like others, I remember the murder rap. I for one am stoked I don’t have to see that stupid dance anymore or that stupid grass eating stuff. Just go away.

  35. justinnoah says: Jan 9, 2013 9:35 AM

    If Ray is such a stand up guy, great leader, blah blah blah… then he wouldn’t make a reference to Wayne playing Pop Warner football. Obviously what Reggie said got to Ray. The truth hurts.

  36. ketchupaholic says: Jan 9, 2013 9:36 AM

    At least no knives fell out of his pants during the dance.

  37. steel420 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:36 AM

    It was great to see Ray come in for the last play, but the dance was stupid. He’s a HOF, but he looks like an idiot when he does that dance, and it’s no different than all the other fools that celebrate for doing their job. It was in no way disrespectful to the Colts, but it wasn’t about Baltimore either. It was about Ray. Good thing is we won’t have to see it ever again.

  38. whitdog23 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:38 AM

    Lewis wont spend ONE day in Baltimore after football ends. so don’t say he did it for the city or likes it there. guarantee he goes and lives in a place “more happening”

  39. crik911 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:39 AM

    Ray is great, wish him all the best, but im pretty sure that he wasnt playing for Baltimore when Reggie Wayne was in pop-warner. You’d expect Ray to remember he went to the U just like Ray, and actually bunked with Ed Reed.

  40. eaglesfan8 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    “When he was in Pop Warner playing football, I was in Baltimore.”

    Ummm, Reggie Wayne is only 3 years younger than you, Ray. Hope you can get your facts right in your new analyst job!

  41. brintfatre says: Jan 9, 2013 9:42 AM

    If it was P Manning doing the dance Wayne wouldn’t have had a problem with it.

  42. chillyp says: Jan 9, 2013 9:42 AM

    What’s the big deal? Ray Lewis was just doing his ‘Shake Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker blood off ya’ dance. It’s perfectly normal after gut stabbing some fools.

  43. countduku says: Jan 9, 2013 9:45 AM

    Ray, two things i wish you would note. 1) that dance is ok, but never on the football field., it makes it classless. 2) You would never see Dick Butkus ever do anything remotely that goofy. That is why when you look up middle linebacker in the dictionary, his picture is what you will always see. He didn’t need gimmicks like that to get himself noticed. His play is what he wanted to be remembered for. You will always be his caddy.

  44. mountaingirl39 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:46 AM

    Bash Ray all you want……your envious your team didn’t have a leader like him. As for those who still wah about “he’s a murderer” that got old real fast. He paid his debt big time and gave back to the community. Ask the families he’s helped over the years. You have no clue because of your ignorance. He could have gone down the path of a Pacman Jones but he chose to turn his life around to make a difference…

  45. dt58 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:46 AM

    I truly hope that all you people focusing on what happened in Atl. are perfect. The man made a mistake early in his life and has worked very hard to change to be a better man. I guess none of you has made a mistake in your life…didn’t know there are that many perfect people out there. So, tell me again who the hypocrite is?

  46. westclaims says: Jan 9, 2013 9:48 AM

    Isn’t he supposed to be a religious man now? Isn’t vanity a sin?

    What a joke this guy is. I won’t miss him in the least.

    And, I trust Manning will assist us in that quest.

  47. traxxx9 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:48 AM

    justinnoah,

    I’m not a Lewis or Baltimore fan. But I certainly respect the guy as a football player. Lewis’ reference to Pop Warner was not disparaging of Reggie. He was just pointing out that he’s been in B’more a long damn time. It was an emotional day, and Ray wanted to thank the fans one last time. I only wish every HOF veteran could have such a moment in front of their home fans.

    Reggie just sounds bitter about losing. I would be bitter, too.

    And, on a side note, I can’t believe I’m agreeing with a Raiders fan, but I too hope to see Ray play at least one more time after this weekend. I want to see Peyton ground into the turf.

  48. iam6thatthatiam says: Jan 9, 2013 9:48 AM

    Like All your Hatters Ray…Dance on these dumbasses also…People change and you got a new perspective on life from that murder charge. You used it to do better and be better.

  49. polo550 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:49 AM

    People on here are the biggest haters I’ve ever seen in my life. Your lives must really be messed up to find fault with what other people do. I know all of you that hate and complain about other teams players live the perfect life. You never do anything wrong. I usually ignore half of you because you probably have 2 left feet and could never be athletes. A quarter of you are hatin ass Steelers fans that are mad that your team is sitting at home watching the playoffs. The other quarter are just idiots that don’t know the first thing about football except what they see after playing Madden 22hrs a day in their mom’s basement. Give credit where it’s due.

  50. yourignorancespreads says: Jan 9, 2013 9:52 AM

    Possibly one of the best players to ever play the game. Let alone LB. All you haters shut up. You wish you could be him.

  51. knickg1 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:54 AM

    I could care less about the Ravens, but let the man have his day!

    So what he celebrated a little longer after a stellar career, Reggie stop crying!

    If Peyton and that huge forehead of his would have retired a colt and he threw one last pass to you at the end of the game you wouldn’t be bitching about it!

    I could tell there are a lot of Steeler band wagon fan comments here, your team sucked this year deal with it!

  52. themokoda says: Jan 9, 2013 9:55 AM

    A whole lot of you jackasses need to grab a dictionary and look up the word “acquitted”. For those of you who either don’t have one, don’t know how to use one or are just too lazy, let me help you. It means “To OFFICIALLY declare someone NOT guilty of a charge or a crime.” Regardless what any of you think and regardless how any of you interpret the evidence, none of you were on the jury that listened to and weighed ALL the evidence presented, and the man was officially declared not guilty. That’s the end of the story; whether you all want to keep harping about it your own affair.

    I honestly don’t see how Reggie Wayne, or anyone else, can see that final dance as disrespectful. You don’t have to like the man, the player, the team, or the dance, but it was obvious he wasn’t doing this to taunt the COLTS, but rather to thank the FANS for 17 years of support. I get Reggie being mad that they lost, but his complaint is petty. And as for Ray mentioning the fact that Wayne was still in Pop Warner ball when he started as a pro I take to mean simply that Reggie can’t identify with the experience of being with one team so long and be playing his final game in his home stadium on a high note.

  53. hatesycophants says: Jan 9, 2013 9:55 AM

    If the “mistake” he made is double murder or accessory to double murder, there is nothing he could do over 17 years to erase it. Yeah, some folks tend to “harp” on and on about a guy getting away with such heinous crimes. Go figure!?

  54. msstiller58 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:57 AM

    The face of the franchise and Goodell thinks he sets a good example. Typical of mainstream media – no one addresses the fact he has 6 kids with 4 baby mamas and never been married. Son going to UM just happens to be football player so you hear about him.

  55. philsimmsisadouche says: Jan 9, 2013 9:59 AM

    It’s nice to see two players from the U battling it out in the media. So, Ray Lewis thinks that dancing around after a win at midfield like a dying chicken isn’t disrespectful? Huh. Not that I should be surprised after he’s set the tone for disrespect long before Harbaugh picked up that mantle and ran with it. And to say that Wayne, a 12-year vet, was in Pop Warner when Ray was with the Rats in an attempt to diminish Wayne’s stated point of view makes Reggie’s case for him with further disrespect. Yeah, we know you’ve been in the league a long time, Ray. Your diminished play is evidence of that. You don’t have to tell us you’ve been in the NFL for 17 years. We can tell. Comparing an established veteran’s point of view to that of a wet behind the ears rookie just makes you look like a bigger horse’s a– than you already do.

  56. woodrree7 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:02 AM

    I’m just glad we wont have to watch his stupid dancing any more after this weekend. Ray Lewis was made out to more than what he is. He’s nothing but a glorified gang banger who got away with murder after selling his so called friends out for his freedom.

  57. wrestlecraprd says: Jan 9, 2013 10:03 AM

    Again, I wish that people would have actually LISTENED to the show Wayne was on as I did.

    No doubt Wayne was sick of Lewis and all his dancing schtick. No question. But he also talked about how he was going to be cheering for the Ravens the rest of the playoffs because they beat them and he respects them for doing so. He also noted how no less than Ed Reed was jokingly thanking him for “letting” the Ravens finally beat the Colts in the playoffs.

    Actually, maybe we should be happy this ‘Wayne thinks Ray’s dance was disrespectful’ story has legs, otherwise maybe we’d be getting a hyperbole-driven ‘Reed Thanks Wayne for Throwing Wildcard Game’ on here instead.

  58. rskills says: Jan 9, 2013 10:06 AM

    I didn’t think it was disrespectful for Ray Lewis to do the dance, I just thought it very silly. That being the case, each home team should now put there best dancer in on their kneel-down formation. Whenever they’re about to clinch the win, that player does his best routine! Of course, if it’s still an active play, the other team can try to hit him, so he’ll need a few blockers!

  59. teambringitstrong says: Jan 9, 2013 10:08 AM

    drmonkeyarmy says: Jan 9, 2013 9:02 AM

    Sorry Ray, to me your legacy will always be hopping into the back of a car after your boys stabbed some people to death. Seems like the NFL and many people have forgotten what a true hypocrite you are. I see all these commericals with you about leadership….a true leader would have stood up and did the right thing…..instead you cower and hide.
    ———————————————————
    Stop it with the holier than thou, I’m a bigger man than you. Were you there? An eye witness? Then turn off your computer and get to your meaningless job in your meaningless city then go to your meaningless home and have a miserable evening.

  60. bartlettruss says: Jan 9, 2013 10:10 AM

    Wow, is that the only thing about that game that bothered Wayne??

  61. rockthered1286 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:11 AM

    AGAIN I’ll say it- stop complaining about how much he does his dance. He ONLY does it before home games, and only when they announce our starting D. It’s 4 times a year at most, 5 if we have a playoff game at home. Nobody ever whined about Dawkins crawling out of the tunnel like a dog every game did they? Or the countless other players who have some little gimmick everytime they do something. Ray has NEVER done his dance in the field of play. Not like Jared Allen and his sack dance every game, or Keisel’s bow-and-arrow gimmick, or countless other players who stop everything mid game to pull some move that says “look at me.” And if you think Ray is doing this for selfish reasons? You’re a moron. He does it PREGAME to get everyone, fans and players alike, jacked up for the game. He gets the place wild. The Ravens use that to establish the best home record in the past 5 years in the league. 12th man always helps.

  62. dfeltz says: Jan 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    I love that Ray Lewis is a hero to the people in Baltimore. Does the city of Charlotte love Rae Carruth? Does Green Bay love Mark Chmura? I hope one day someone will tell me why Ray Lewis gets this huge pass.

  63. slig1213 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:14 AM

    Pre-game dance would be great entrance to WWE…

  64. Cereal says: Jan 9, 2013 10:14 AM

    It wasnt disrespectful it was just silly,,as it always has been. Its a silly tradition that he & the fans share…its just silly

  65. packerpride03 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:19 AM

    He is the biggest self promoter ever

  66. ctsteelersfan says: Jan 9, 2013 10:20 AM

    Its a complete reflection of the “look at me” mentality of our society. no humility at all. Its not just disrespectful of the colts but all those nfl player that came before him had acted with class and humility.

  67. malvaren18 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    Stop being a B…… Wayne, you lost don’t blame it on the Ravens, oh wait actually you have a point!

  68. bengals78 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    If the fans in Baltimore appreciate it for what it is (and they do, why wouldn’t they?), why it in world wouldn’t he do it one more time, for them? It’s about a connection, that’s ending, between a great player and his fan base. Well done.

  69. tomtravis76 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:26 AM

    Think what you want about the Atlanta incident based on what little knowledge you have on the incident from someone elses opinion. The justice system punished him for his involvement. He would not have walked if he killed those guys.

    The league decided to make Ray Lewis the face of Defense for the NFL. The league supports the man. Multiple businesses have partnered up with him beause they know he can help grow their business financially( and its always about money, if he couldn’t make them money they wouldn’t work with him). There are plenty of guys in this league with bad rap sheets and the league doesn’t posterize them. Coaches and players all have great things to say about Ray Lewis.

  70. hedleykow says: Jan 9, 2013 10:30 AM

    Lewis will be unwatchable as a sports analyst if he doesn’t come down a little from the high opinion of himself.

    And, dude will need to learn some grammar. Education was obviously never his strong suit.

  71. rayricepudding says: Jan 9, 2013 10:35 AM

    1. Ray Lewis was never even tried for murder, so take your uneducated, uninformed opinions elsewhere. Ray took a plea deal for a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge because he tried to protect his friends. For all we know, Ray had literally no idea about what had happened that night and was just trying to protect his friends. Maybe he knew, maybe he didn’t, but who are you to make assumptions about someone you don’t actually know anything about? When did it become “innocent until proven guilty unless people out of the loop decide otherwise?”

    2. Ray is the greatest inside linebacker to play the game. You can make the argument that he’s the greatest player ever on the defensive side of the ball. I’m not saying he is, just that you can make the argument. Obviously guys like LT, Deacon Jones, and Reggie White are all in that mix too.

    3. Ray is the single most selfless player I’ve seen wearing purple. I’ve met the guy, and let me tell you: he’s a genuine well-mannered nice guy.

    4. Ray’s dance was always for the fans and this dance was no different. Offensive players dance every time they score, so why shouldn’t the greatest ever at his position be allowed to dance to celebrate the end of his 17-year career?

    Again, maybe Ray was involved in that murder, maybe he wasn’t. We’ll likely never know. One way or another, he had a hell of a football career and that’s what this is all about. I have a general life rule not to make uninformed assumptions and judgments about people, and if you don’t operate under this mentality, good luck in life.

  72. nolanwiffle says: Jan 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    Teambringitstrong says: January 9, 2013 10:08 AM

    “Stop it with the holier than thou, I’m a bigger man than you. Were you there? An eye witness? Then turn off your computer and get to your meaningless job in your meaningless city then go to your meaningless home and have a miserable evening.”

    It’s this type of thinking that allows murderers like O.J. Simpson etal. to roam free. If there are no eyewitnesses then it didn’t happen, I guess.

    It’s time you read the facts on what transpired that night in Atlanta.

  73. tv426 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – these guys look like idiots with their little dances.

    Stop it and just play football. Save the dancing for Dancing with the Stars.

  74. jmblosser82 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:49 AM

    If the dance was for the fans he could’ve waited till after the handshakes. Yes the game was over when he did it, but there was still time on the clock if I remember right. Not really disrespectful to the colts but was to the game. As a steeler fan I am not bitter about their suck season, just wished since it was a lost season they got a better pick. I know the steelers will be back in the hunt and as long as Flacco is under center the ravens will not hoist the trophy.

  75. pickensclause says: Jan 9, 2013 10:52 AM

    Wait, Ray Lewis is retiring? Why haven’t I heard about this?

  76. bigdaddyraven says: Jan 9, 2013 10:53 AM

    Hey what you people refuse to accept is that Ray’s dance was for Baltimore. Baltimore appreciated and loved it, if you didn’t like it so freaking what, it wasn’t meant for you to. That’s like a fat man dissing skinny jeans!
    And as far as the bogus, too much mentioned murder rap, since when has any of you who use that argument gave a crap about the murdering of young black man, just shut up! Way to go Ray dance all the way to the Hall of Fame.

  77. hopper15 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    Reggie Wayne is dumb. It was last game in Baltimore. Enough said.

  78. soytureyna says: Jan 9, 2013 11:03 AM

    Disrespectful? Nah.

    Ridiculous and slightly embarassing? Absolutely.

  79. afficial79 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:04 AM

    I find it extremely sad that some people talk about what happened over a decade ago. I was a huge Ray Lewis hater back then and I didn’t talk about what he ACQUITTED of. I honestly despised Ray Lewis back then. Now I am one of the biggest fans of the Ravens bc of Ray. He was one of the few guys to txt Big Ben when he had his issues and say he was there for him if he needed him. Ray has said he is not perfect, but he strives and struggles everyday to recreate his image. Understand that he doesn’t need ANY OF US to forgive him bc God has already done this. If you want to continue to judge and hate Ray Lewis for the double murder he was acquitted for…go ahead but also hate yourself for judging him bc God doesn’t like that either.

  80. titansbro says: Jan 9, 2013 11:05 AM

    Yes, I have also made mistakes, but murder is not on the list. He has not paid his debt as some have suggested. He lied his way out of it.

    Great MLB but also a killer. If you look past that then something is wrong with you.

  81. polamalusboyfriend says: Jan 9, 2013 11:05 AM

    Jacinth Baker’s family loved it.

  82. mitchitized says: Jan 9, 2013 11:06 AM

    The man had something to do with a double homicide years ago, and walked. The two he supposedly sold to the DA so he could walk, also walked. That makes the deaths of two human beings left unsolved, and no justice has been served. A rich athlete paying off a family (and having a power attorney) does not fix anything, just apparently his criminal record.

    If me not being okay with that makes me a hater, then I’m proud of it. Bottom line is that this guy is being celebrated for a career he never should have had the right to experience in the first place.

    As for the “holier than thou” BS, I’ve done a million stupid things in my life. But not one of them ever resulted in the death of another human being. Still confused how that means I’m holier than thou…

    As stated above, not sure why Lewis gets a pass when Chmura and Carruth don’t!

  83. ravenator says: Jan 9, 2013 11:07 AM

    Steeler fans talking after posting an 8-8 record? I mean seriously, where do you draw the line. You people have nothing to be proud about.

  84. citizenstrange says: Jan 9, 2013 11:13 AM

    You have to let Ray Lewis do his “dance” the way you have to let a three-year-old show off by showing you how well they can do the “twist.”

  85. jc327 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:13 AM

    Nothing wrong at all with Lewis doing his dance under the circumstances. Wayne was just understandably upset, his season was over.

  86. redzona says: Jan 9, 2013 11:29 AM

    All the bashing is tiresome and throwing stones is played. What is your legacy? What would we say if we could look at your life through a glass window?

  87. cherrybop says: Jan 9, 2013 11:32 AM

    I never want to hear a Ravens fan make a “Big Ben” rape joke again after this truly farcical display of worship for someone who (at the very least) abetted a double murder. Baltimore – home of some serious sickos.

    (And no, I don’t worship Big Ben like you fools do Ray Lewis. That was some shameful crap he did and he’s damn lucky he got that extended contract beforehand, IIRC. Pretty sure Pittsburgh will get tired him the second he can’t perform on the field as well, either.)

  88. critterkiller33 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    wonder if he did his dance after he helped stab that guy??? he belongs in jail…

  89. yourownfau1t says: Jan 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    again those so call football fans and players that think the dance was disrespectful NEED to learn some damn RESPECT that man gave 17 years of his life to the baltimore ravens and the fans from baltimore and ravens fans around the world are gonna miss him ray lewis is the baltimore ravens heart and soul and if you dont like it sorry about your damn luck hey denver your next to see one of the greatest mlb ever enjoy the game

  90. bradyisbest says: Jan 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    nobody would honor this p.o.s. if he was broke and they met him in a dark alley.

  91. Sometimes Interesting says: Jan 9, 2013 11:36 AM

    Ray is upset with Reggie because Reggie was trying to make it about the Colts when it was really about Ray.

    “Stop stealing my spotlight!”

  92. steelcurtain06 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    Ravenator: “Nothing to be proud about” you are bar none the biggest idiot on this site. every steelers article is constantly followed by a comment from you, retard!! and I suppose that 3 super bowl appearances in the last 8 seasons means nothing. I suppose that ending the ravens season in the playoffs in two of those seasons means nothing, and i suppose SIX LOMBARDIS IS NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF.

    Btw i want to fight you. i promise not to stab you and a friend to death, but i can think of nothing more pleasing than to bash your face into a bloody pulp.

  93. steelcurtain06 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:45 AM

    Ray’s bloody suit was never found, nor the bloody knife with the stabbers prints. he was heard threatening everyone in his limo to keep their mouths shut. he rolled on his “boys” and he testified against them. he is not a man, he is a coward. he can talk his “leader” b.s. all he wants but the fact is that he bought his way out of prison, and anyone who is okay with that deserves worse than what the two unfortunate souls in Atlanta got.

    Ravenator, please tell me who you are

  94. steelcurtain06 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:49 AM

    yourownfau1t says:Jan 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    again those so call football fans and players that think the dance was disrespectful NEED to learn some damn RESPECT that man gave 17 years of his life to the baltimore ravens and the fans from baltimore and ravens fans around the world are gonna miss him ray lewis is the baltimore ravens heart and soul and if you dont like it sorry about your damn luck hey denver your next to see one of the greatest mlb ever enjoy the game

    so your okay with the heart and soul of your franchise being a… well, you know what he is, so does the Lord above.

  95. Brittany says: Jan 9, 2013 11:50 AM

    drmonkeyarmy says:
    Jan 9, 2013 9:28 AM
    Brittany…..he is a hypocrite because he preaches leadership when at the one time in his life when he was called on to be a true leader and hero he fled. Bottom line.

    —————

    OK, and? You never once made a mistake, even a horrible one, and tried to change yourself afterward? It’s like you are giving him MORE flack for the fact he has tried to be a totally different person from the person he was that night when he made the mistake.

    What does Ray Lewis have to do to be acceptable or not a hypocrite in your eyes? Does every other phrase out of his mouth have to be, “I am sorry for Atlanta”? If he kept bringing it up and saying he was sorry, you would be saying, “Stop telling us and show us.”

    I will always root for Ray Lewis. It’s hard not to when all the arguments against him are illogical.

  96. pinion8ted says: Jan 9, 2013 11:52 AM

    Brittany says:Jan 9, 2013 9:18 AM

    If a hypocrite is someone who makes a mistake one night, and then works to make himself better/NOT shying away from talking about it ever since, how would he not be a hypocrite? By continuing to make mistakes since the first one he made?
    ———————————————————

    Brittany,or Tiffany, or whatever chick name you’re using; are you SERIOUS????

    This “mistake” meant that two people are DEAD, as in “not alive anymore”.

    Glad that you think since Ray and his buddies haven’t made that same “mistake” since, we should all just forget about this little matter of two dead people.

  97. rayricepudding says: Jan 9, 2013 11:53 AM

    Ray was not “acquitted” of murder charges because he was never tried for murder. Again, you people are uninformed. Ray was with two friends and there were other people there who were friends of his friends. It’s those other people that were supposedly involved in the murder, so I guess through degrees of separation Ray may have been involved.

    Tell me, when’s the last time someone was convicted of murder for knowing the murderer, let alone just knowing somebody else that knew the murderer?

    Get your facts straight people! You sound like bitter fans who’ve had the misfortune of your teams getting shut down by Ray and his D for 11 of the last 17 years that his D was top ten and 8 of those 11 that it was top 3.

    Ray was the best player at his position of all time, no argument about it. Stop discrediting him with erroneous facts.

    Furthermore, come down to Baltimore and ask anyone you see what they thought about Ray’s last dance. I guarantee you they loved it. He did it for the fans, plain and simple, so quit your whining and spend that energy petitioning your team’s GM to find a player with half as much talent, leadership and heart as Ray Lewis.

  98. tindeaux says: Jan 9, 2013 11:55 AM

    losers always have bitter tastes in any situation.

  99. darth71 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:58 AM

    I bet your white wives / girlfriends liked to see that big muscled up brother dance .

  100. yourownfau1t says: Jan 9, 2013 12:00 PM

    steelcurtain06 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    Ravenator: “Nothing to be proud about” you are bar none the biggest idiot on this site. every steelers article is constantly followed by a comment from you, retard!! and I suppose that 3 super bowl appearances in the last 8 seasons means nothing. I suppose that ending the ravens season in the playoffs in two of those seasons means nothing, and i suppose SIX LOMBARDIS IS NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF.

    Btw i want to fight you. i promise not to stab you and a friend to death, but i can think of nothing more pleasing than to bash your face into a bloody pulp.

    you are the reason why ravens fans hate steeler fans 6 championship congrates i do know you did buy one against the seahawks but again show some respect i show respect un like you i think the bus should be in the hof and he was a great rb but dudes grown the f up its a game stop you bitching and crying oh yeah who do you play next week you dont see you next year oh yeah 5 straight years of playoffs with a qb and a coach you steeler fans say suck

  101. rayricepudding says: Jan 9, 2013 12:00 PM

    @steelcurtaino6: Way to represent the Steelers fan base. You sound like a real class act:

    steelcurtain06 says:
    “Btw i want to fight you. i promise not to stab you and a friend to death, but i can think of nothing more pleasing than to bash your face into a bloody pulp.”

  102. asuthyo says: Jan 9, 2013 12:02 PM

    I don’t think dance itself was disrespectful so much, it was more that he did it in the middle of the field with 30 seconds left.

  103. lopeone says: Jan 9, 2013 12:07 PM

    “When he was in Pop Warner playing football, I was in Baltimore”

    Ray Lewis has been in the league for 3 years longer than Reggie… Maybe Ray should pay a little more attention before he runs his mouth.

    What I found disrespectful is how instead of going over and congratulating his long time former coach, Pagano, on his successful battle with cancer, Ray decided to do some stupid dance like the classless fool he is.

  104. johntonioholmes says: Jan 9, 2013 12:08 PM

    He wasn’t disrespectful to Wayne or the Colts; he was disrespectful to the game.

    I swear, that dance got him into the HOF. The whole “look a me; I’m great because I say I’m great” routine worked for a number of other players too–Chad Johnson and Warren Sapp, to be specific.

    Not saying Lewis didn’t have a good career, but he was great for his first 5 years and just good after that (with the exception of 2006, where he had a very good season), yet he makes every pro-bowl and will make the HOF because of it.

  105. lopeone says: Jan 9, 2013 12:12 PM

    Ray was not “acquitted” of murder charges because he was never tried for murder. Again, you people are uninformed. Ray was with two friends and there were other people there who were friends of his friends. It’s those other people that were supposedly involved in the murder, so I guess through degrees of separation Ray may have been involved.

    Tell me, when’s the last time someone was convicted of murder for knowing the murderer, let alone just knowing somebody else that knew the murderer?

    Get your facts straight people!
    __________________________________

    Ray Lewis was id’d by multiple eye witnesses as the assailant. A key piece of evidence, his blood covered shirt, is still missing. He then testified against the people he was with to save his own a**. The man is a human piece of sh*t and I sincerely hope you don’t believe he is actually innocent…

  106. pongonfl says: Jan 9, 2013 12:20 PM

    I dont think that it was a taunting thing at all.
    But Ray has to think how he would take it. Wayne is a quiet guy, but Ray just could not hold that last dance in…I think if Reggie watches it again, he might see the spirit it was done in.

  107. clssylssy says: Jan 9, 2013 12:23 PM

    Reggie Wayne apparently was never taught that real winners lose with class and not sour grapes…take a clue dude, this wasn’t about the Colts, it was for the fans in Baltimore and throughout the league who love that dance and recognize what a great leader on the football field and in the community Ray Lewis has been. The league is full of players who have made mistakes as rookies or early in their career however, Ray Lewis has lifted himself up and has used his celebrity helping others. Just like Muhamammad Ali aka Cassius Clay, Ray Lewis’s charisma and showmanship will be criticized by small minded bigots who don’t know any better, He is one of the all time great linebackers and will be missed by players, fans, and, most of all, the game. We love you #52, thanks for the memories Ray-Ray, and, thanks for that very awesome dance!

  108. goodguyattorney says: Jan 9, 2013 12:50 PM

    Following a Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta on January 31, 2000, a fight broke out between Lewis and his companions and another group of people, resulting in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Lewis and two companions, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, were questioned by Atlanta police, and 11 days later the three men were indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges. The white suit Lewis was wearing the night of the killings has never been found. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard alleged the blood-stained suit was dumped in a garbage bin outside a fast food restaurant.[36]

    Lewis’ attorneys, Don Samuel and Ed Garland, of the Atlanta law firm Garland, Samuel & Loeb, negotiated a plea agreement with Howard, where the murder charges against Lewis were dismissed in exchange for his testimony against Oakley and Sweeting, and his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.[12] Lewis admitted he gave a misleading statement to police on the morning after the killings. Superior Court Judge Alice D. Bonner sentenced Lewis to 12 months’ probation, the maximum sentence for a first-time offender,[37] and he was fined $250,000 by the NFL, which was believed to be the highest fine levied against an NFL player for an infraction not involving substance abuse.[38] Under the terms of the sentence, Lewis could not use drugs or alcohol during the duration of the probation.

    Oakley and Sweeting were acquitted of the charges in June 2000.[39] No other suspects have ever been arrested for the crime.

    On April 29, 2004, Lewis reached a settlement with four-year-old India Lollar, born months after the death of her father Richard, pre-empting a scheduled civil proceeding. Lewis also reached an undisclosed settlement with Baker’s family.

    Why did he run? Where is the white suit? Why did he pay off the victims’ families? A leader? Give me a break. He knows what happened and it makes me sick to see the accoldaes he gets for his character. Good riddence Ray.

  109. ochospantalones says: Jan 9, 2013 1:01 PM

    The strangest part of this is “When he was in Pop Warner playing football, I was in Baltimore.”

    Does Ray Lewis not know who Reggie Wayne is? Reggie Wayne is 3 years younger than Ray Lewis. He barely missed being Lewis’ teammate at the University of Miami.

  110. cortimetrix says: Jan 9, 2013 1:05 PM

    Disrespectful? Maybe, maybe not. But it was certainly stupid. Fewer things are discomforting than seeing a grown man behave like a little child.

  111. manningbowl88 says: Jan 9, 2013 1:12 PM

    never personally cared for lewis to much seems like he always wants to have thoughs famous quotes everytime he steps in front a camera and can be rather annoying preaching people..

    but the man had one hell of a career and that last dance for his FANS was awesome

  112. jabagom says: Jan 9, 2013 1:32 PM

    Ray is a GREAT player

    IMHO, His dance is silly and classless

    I appreciate his play on the field, but don’t appreciate the “Look at ME” dance.

    Have some class – Act like you played in a NFL game before. Act like you have made a tackle in the NFL before. Act like you have made a TD in the NFL before.

    Team comes before all players

  113. bobcatter23 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:39 PM

    I would love to see all this stupid, self serving, celebrations/dancing? stop! Lets just make a tackle, go back to the huddle and make another play. Score a TD, either spike it and high five team mates, or just hand the ball to the ref. Old school celebrations. This is a “team” game after all.

  114. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Jan 9, 2013 8:08 PM

    ravenscaps48 says:
    Jan 9, 2013 9:33 AM
    How are the Steelers doing this postseason?

    What does this have to do with have to do with anything in this entire conversation?

  115. johnnyballsack says: Jan 9, 2013 9:05 PM

    Get off Ray’s back… everyone knows that Bodymore, Murderland aka Harm City is known as the Land of the Squirrels. You’d be dancing every day too if you were playing in the NFL and getting a huge paycheck instead of sitting in a cell and making license plates with the rest of his posse.

  116. scoobies05 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:07 PM

    drmonkeyarmy. u clearly think u know about the ray lewis case and just as clearly you know nothing. ray served time in jail paid his restitution and has done more to help others than u and i could ever possibly imagine. i suggest u learn more about whay u think u know and try again. and for steelers fans to call ray a murderer just because you dont like the ravens…your boy ryan clark had a few things to say about that…more intelligence and class than u so called fans could ever dream of…heaven forbid anyone bring up ben because well hes a steeler. its just ignorant

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