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Toomer unloads on Ray Lewis, calling him a caricature and a hypocrite

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Plenty of words can be used to describe this year’s Super Bowl week.

Boring isn’t one of them.

Former Giants receiver Amani Toomer, who currently has a show on NBC Sports Radio Network and contributes to Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, used plenty of words to describe Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to Mike Garafolo of USA Today at the media center on Wednesday.

It’s definitely all about him,” Toomer said of Lewis.

“Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game . . . .  I just don’t think the Giants or any organization I’ve ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.

“If you single yourself out after you make a play, that’s one thing.  But to walk out on the field reminds me of the WWE, like The Rock coming out.  You’re becoming a caricature of yourself.  It’s exhausting.  I don’t know why somebody would want that.”

Toomer also talked about the discrepancy between Ray Lewis the Man of God and Ray Lewis the man who was accused of double murder and who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and who has still never publicly answered this simple question, which anyone with a pulse is qualified to ask:  “Ray, what happened that night?”

“If you want to say you’re Mr. Religious and all of that, have a clean record.  Don’t say all of that stuff if you know there’s stuff that might come back,” Toomer said.  “Those are the things that, when I look at him, I just think hypocrisy.”

Powerful stuff.  And Toomer didn’t even talk about deer-antler velvet extract.

Which should never be confused with deer-antler velvet Elvis.

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203 Responses to “Toomer unloads on Ray Lewis, calling him a caricature and a hypocrite”
  1. steelerfanjo says: Jan 31, 2013 10:29 AM

    Amani is 100% correct. Ray Lewis – you are worthless.

  2. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Jan 31, 2013 10:30 AM

    Thank you Amani Toomer!

  3. riceforpres27 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:31 AM

    I thought god forgives no matter your past?

  4. andyvictory says: Jan 31, 2013 10:32 AM

    Toomer hit the nail on the head with this assessment. Spot on.

  5. travishenryskid says: Jan 31, 2013 10:33 AM

    Thank you for saying what everyone is thinking.

  6. pinion8ted says: Jan 31, 2013 10:33 AM

    I am sick of this guy being involved in a double-murder, and now playing the “Sweet Jeses loves me!” card.

  7. footballgod87 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:34 AM

    Somebody sounds bitter. It was 12 years ago when you got stomped by Ray, get over it

  8. commonsensedude says: Jan 31, 2013 10:35 AM

    “I just don’t think the Giants or any organization I’ve ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that”

    Amani, wasn’t Tiki Barber a teammate of yours? Just checking.

  9. waxthat says: Jan 31, 2013 10:35 AM

    spot on.

  10. cup1981 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:36 AM

    You speak the truth Amani!

  11. eatitfanboy says: Jan 31, 2013 10:36 AM

    riceforpres27 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 10:31 AM
    I thought god forgives no matter your past?

    ============

    I think you have to confess them first. Don’t think Ol Ray has gotten around to that yet.

  12. patriotinvasion says: Jan 31, 2013 10:36 AM

    Wow, Ravens fans should be so embarrassed this week getting exposed as CHEATERS! The league should consider just giving the Lombardi Trophy to the 49ers and not even playing the game.

    The Ravens winning will only expose the use of PED’s and cheating even more. Sad day that the Ravens ruined the Super Bowl like this.

  13. tannethrill says: Jan 31, 2013 10:36 AM

    Ray should be saying this one is for Ed.

  14. dcee101 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:36 AM

    God bless America. We pump his retirement up and anoint him the greatest LB of all time, then bring him down with innuendo and rage. Next up – Ray Lewis plays a major role in the Baltimore victory and rises from the ashes of these last two weeks of bashing. Made for TV.

  15. jetsfaninjersey says: Jan 31, 2013 10:36 AM

    God forgives but be man enough to finally silence that big question to us here on earth…well said Amani

  16. crj202 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:37 AM

    HATE, HATE, and more HATE!! Why?? Ray had a pretty favorable image recently, and now that he’s enjoying success at the end of his career, people want to tear him down?!?! Ridiculousness!

  17. ravenouso says: Jan 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    Seems to me that he might still be salty over that blowout loss in the Super Bowl….

  18. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Jan 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    Matthew 7:1-3 about sums it up for Toomer (“Judge not lest ye be judged..”) but Ray Lewis should also take heed to another part of the Sermon on the Mount: “When you pray be not as the hypocrites do, blowing a trumpet and standing on the street corner that they may have glory of men.” (my paraphrase of Matthew 6:1-8)

  19. psuravens19 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    It was the last time Ray Lewis suited up in front of his home crowd… What’s the issue?

  20. supashug says: Jan 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    Amani who? Hey Captain irrelevant shut your piehole, we all loved the final dance

  21. ravensallday2012 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    This guy is an idiot. Never any good and has no credibility. He would never say it to rays face just like everyone else. Greatest def player of all time Anyone who says they wouldn’t want ray on there team is lying

  22. Patriot42 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    We as a society are being conditioned to overlook crimes because we like these people because they are talented.

  23. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    Between Ray Ray and Culliver it’s hard to root for either of these two teams…

  24. thrillomania says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    And Toomer is 100% right on this. Ravens fans will defend the guy, because that’s what fans do, but the truth is Ray lewis is a narcissist. It isnt about the “greatness of god” or “gods will” its about himself. he uses God to make it about himself. And like most narcissists, he probably doesn’t even realize this. this is not a consciously selfish act, he totally buys his own BS.

    The truth is, if Ray was really the god fearing pariase jesus and all his greatness person. he wouldn’t run from the double murder part of his life, he would openly talk about it and try to use it as an example to show a man who used tremendously poor judgement in his youth, but used it to change who he was as a man. He says he live swith it every day? thats a lie, he’s been burying these people for 12 years, not out of guilt, but out of fear.

  25. oriolesvsravens says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    What better way to find religion than to go through a troubling time in your life.

    And I thought the crowd was chanting “We want Ray” at the end of the game.

    Yeah its all brought on to him being a polarizing guy, but we take the word of a guy who collegiate players know not to deal with and disregard what that game in Baltimore meant to the city at that moment.

    Ray shouldn’t goto Bristol though.

  26. lightcleric says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    It’s funny how Terrell Suggs bashed Tebow because ‘we don’t need God on our sidelines’ but it’s okay for his teammate to invoke him every 2 seconds.

  27. billsfaninmiami says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    A Niners victory should shut Ray Lewis up.
    We are all pretty much tired of the rampant meme of this clown.

    And last I heard, Eddie Van Halen is God.

  28. pickney1 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    Who is Amani Toomer to judge another man, every one goes through their demons in life.

    For this man to now join the bandwagon of those who want to downplay a man is typical. It cools now to unload on Ray Lewis, should we not inspire to be like a man that has turned his life around playing a demanding position.

    If we as people remove to let go of the past how will people ever move on and become better people in the present and future.

  29. zengreaser says: Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    I’m neither a Ravens fan or a Ray Lewis apologist, but Amani’s assertion that “if you want to say you’re Mr. Religious and all of that, have a clean record,” is absolutely ridiculous. Is he suggesting that in order to be considered a “man of God” then that person can never have made a mistake in his past? Listen, maybe Ray Lewis is a fraud; maybe the whole religion thing is just a convenient cover. Or maybe the guy was traveling down the wrong roads in his life and he was genuinely shocked into getting his act together. Either way, Amani’s logic is deeply flawed and borders on stupidity.

  30. joemammy says: Jan 31, 2013 10:40 AM

    Caricature?

    Amani just sent Ray Ray scrambling for a dictionary.

  31. 2000yardclub says: Jan 31, 2013 10:41 AM

    I think he got religious due to an overwhelming sense of guilt.

  32. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:41 AM

    Im not sure god would be ok with the limelight, who runs around with cameras preaching god? Not any saint i have seen!
    but no judging just pointing facts

  33. ravensdominate says: Jan 31, 2013 10:41 AM

    Who is Amani Toomer? And why are Steeler fans on here? And no this guy is not “100% correct”. Amani Toomer is a nobody.

  34. giantsfanlewis says: Jan 31, 2013 10:42 AM

    So now toomer is god? The only people ray needs to show he’s truly sorry is god. Not all of these media tools who would be all for these antler drugs the moment Obama came out and said he was for it.

    I’m a giants fan and loved toomer, but he is singing the media song right now and its wrong. If the media wants to know what happened. Who don’t they get up and find out. Why does ray have to admit to it. Do your jobs and investigate you lazy bums

  35. daknight93 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:42 AM

    It sure sounds like Amani is bitter at Ray Lewis and should let go of his grudge against Ray and go sit down somewhere…chill with the negativity and stop being judgmental, look at your own mistakes in life Amani…geez

  36. luz56 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:42 AM

    Well said….. Ray Lewis the ball player you are a great talent. Ray Lewis the person is a self serving scumbag that won’t answer that important question about what happened in Atlanta. By the way god doesn’t forgive murder

  37. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jan 31, 2013 10:43 AM

    You read my mind Amani.

  38. bringithome6 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:43 AM

    Do the giants ever stop talking?

  39. thejuddstir says: Jan 31, 2013 10:43 AM

    I understand Ravens fans wanting to be homers, I get that…but….what does it say about our society when we are willing to idolize an athlete or other celebrity for their accomplishments in their profession and turn a blind eye to the evil they have committed elsewhere? I think anyone who is not drunk with Ravens koolaid, believes that Ray Lewis is a murderer and I think that Ray Lewis’s recent love of religion is Lewis hoping (praying) for redemption when his real judgment day comes. I think someone up above would have an easier time listening to him Lewis wasn’t so wrapped up in this own ego during these playoffs, which does prove where Lewis’s allegiance is…..it’s all about ME.

  40. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 31, 2013 10:43 AM

    Toomer is exactly right, caricature is the perfect word. His speeches used to come off as passionate, now it looks like a show. And my god the way he talks its like a preacher who forgot he’s not in front of the congregation.

  41. lionbloodwinning says: Jan 31, 2013 10:43 AM

    the fact that he was sent out to do one last dance by a coach and has been a 17 year face of the franchise…kinda kills that whole argument.

  42. fwippel says: Jan 31, 2013 10:43 AM

    While I’d never want to judge the authenticity of any man’s relationship with God, I have to admit to agreeing with Toomer more than disagreeing with him.

    If Lewis is referencing the God of the Bible, one would think it would be perfectly acceptable to ask Lewis if God holds him accountable for his actions, including his role in the double murder 12 years ago. Has he asked God for forgiveness?

    The fact that Lewis has never come clean about what happened that night cannot help but leave, at best, a huge shadow of doubt about all his farewell antics and references to God.

  43. nimbushex says: Jan 31, 2013 10:44 AM

    People really come out of the woodwork for Super Bowl week, don’t they?

  44. thehighhat says: Jan 31, 2013 10:44 AM

    Thanks Amani for using your voice to say what we all want to say!

  45. ravensdominate says: Jan 31, 2013 10:44 AM

    Amani Toomer doesn’t deserve an opinion because he’s a nobody. I forgot he existed before I read this. He’s as meaningless as Steeler fans who comment on Ravens stories. Insignificant.

  46. mizzouram says: Jan 31, 2013 10:44 AM

    I was very pro-Ray Lewis a few weeks ago but his bible thumping act is starting to get on my nerves.

  47. patriotinvasion says: Jan 31, 2013 10:45 AM

    I’m sure Goodell has burned all of the evidence of the Ravens cheating. We may never know how deep thisa has gone with that team.

    Suggs coming back so quickly from an Achillis injury and then his own torn muscle. Plus Ray’s “miraculous” comeback at 37 from a torn triceps.

    Something isn’t right in Baltimore and I hope they get exposed for the cheaters they are.

  48. humbleminded85 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:45 AM

    1st Question- Where have all you passionate Ray bashers been all year? I mean your soooo passionate about what your saying yet all 17 weeks you were no where to be found…interesting. If your serious about what you say why not bring it up in like week 3? Hop off.

    2nd Question- What day did Ray Lewis say “attention everybody direct your full attention to me this week and PFT please write 3 non stories about me every 5 minutes and ESPN please say my name 30,000 times in 20 minutes”? Hop off.

    Last question- What gives any fans of the 30 other teams reason to comment on all these posts that DO NOT include anything about their respective team? Hop off already. Also the Ravens are in the superbowl….deal with it.

  49. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 31, 2013 10:45 AM

    Saying what everyone is thinking.

  50. ravensdominate says: Jan 31, 2013 10:46 AM

    Ask the ravens and their fans if they liked ray doing his thing at the end of the colts game. We loved it and thats all that matters. Amani Toomer is a little sour about ray crushing his team and organization in super bowl 35. Sour grapes loser!

  51. chunkyloverfiftythree says: Jan 31, 2013 10:46 AM

    If Toomer played in one location for 17 years, earned a couple of MVP awards, and was considered a first ballot hall of famer… he might feel a little different about being on the field for the last play of his final home game for his career.

    The anti-Ray rhetoric on this site is a bit much. I think they should just make it official and change their name to profootballsteelerstalk.com. Most people who visit the site on the regular already know it.

  52. rcampore says: Jan 31, 2013 10:47 AM

    The point Amani Toomer is making is him doing his whole scene at the end of the game in the center of the field was a show and it was just about him and not about the team.

    The team won that game and he made it about himself and he knew fully what he was doing with the cameras on.

    You claim to be a person of God, but your actions speak of a narcissist who spews contradictions left and right.

  53. burgundyandgold says: Jan 31, 2013 10:47 AM

    Lewis was clearly culpable for something that night in Atlanta. But, he clearly has changed his life for the better as a result – what more can you ask of a person? People who “find God” tend to be over the top about it because they want to share that joy. Is he over the top, yes. Is it 100% genuine? I don’t know but neither do any of you. I like his antics on the field – I think it is funny. All these guys have big ego’s, I have accepted that. Would I be friends with someone like Ray Lewis? Probably not because I don’t like the preaching. But, I can respect that he made some terrible mistakes and has seemingly atoned for those with God and made himself a better man.

  54. citizenstrange says: Jan 31, 2013 10:47 AM

    Thanks for stealing deer antler velvet Elvis from me and not giving me credit.

  55. vanmorrissey says: Jan 31, 2013 10:48 AM

    Amani has always talked about this going back weeks before on Sirius NFL radio so this is nothing new. And he speaks the truth, I love it. One of the few who is not afraid to say what everyone won’t, that Lewis is a hypocrite looking for public acceptance after his past. Just another phony, sorry, Amani is completely correct and thanks to him for stating so.

  56. birdbrainsnj says: Jan 31, 2013 10:49 AM

    First time Amani has said anything that makes sense!!!! So true!!!

  57. dtlb58 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:50 AM

    Amani hopefully will be asked to go on every sports talk show there is to force Lewis to come out and defend himself.
    Just ask yourself this one question. How does most of this country (Sports fans) view O.J. And how do they view Ray Lewis? It’s a crime (pun intended) what he got away with and then got followers to cheer him on.

  58. kilo0986 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:50 AM

    Ah, this is was a nice read. Someone actually speaking truth. Unlike that fake, fraud cheating liar. One of the best line backers in history*

  59. zipsports says: Jan 31, 2013 10:50 AM

    Can’t argue at all with what he said. I like Ray Lewis as a player, but pretty much everything Toomer said is right on the money

  60. thebigtexas says: Jan 31, 2013 10:52 AM

    People who are religious need to have a clean record?

    That’s absolutely ridiculous.

    People turn their lives around all the time.

    Toomer (and Florio) need to learn the definition of hypocrisy. It would be hypocritical to say one thing and then to go do another.

    But if a person leads a life in a positive direction from a dark past…there’s no hypocrisy there.

  61. chattanola says: Jan 31, 2013 10:52 AM

    I think I’m beginning to understand something about Ray Lewis. He seems to be vigorously projecting the image of a redeemed person in order to convince HIMSELF that he is forgiven for the violent events he was a part of.

    I think those events of 12 years ago still haunt him. Perhaps he wrestles with his own guilty conscience and is overcompensating to chase away his own demons.

  62. deathonwings410 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:52 AM

    Toomer is still bitter from SB 35.

  63. illmatic8582 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:53 AM

    Why does the average person feel Ray owes them an explanation of that night. As long as he didn’t do the stabbing or ordered his people to do the stabbing he is innocent. Get off his jock seriously. Maybe part of his plea deal was that he isn’t suppose to talk about this.

  64. it's all bs says: Jan 31, 2013 10:53 AM

    Baltimore fans just don’t “get it”……outside of the homers in that rat’s nest of a city Ray Ray is nothing more than murdering, self-promoting, blow-hard….sorry but it’s true!!!

  65. ravensallday2012 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:53 AM

    Still waiting to hear how deer antler spray gives anyone a competitive advantage. There’s a reason it’s not detected. Because its not a steroid. Ppl just hate to see ray still terrorizing the league at age 37. Go ahead haters. Keep on hating. Ask manning and Brady how that worker out

  66. ravensfan324 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:54 AM

    Sounds like to me that Amani is still salty 12 years after his offense could not even get a single point against the Ravens defense in the Super Bowl. Have fun watching the game Sunday pal.

  67. cags777 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:54 AM

    I agree with Toomer for the most part on this. I, too, am getting a little tired of Ray Lewis using God as a an excuse to dodge questions on his past. The only thing I would challenge him on is that anyone who believes in God and wants to do good things doesn’t necessarily need to have a clean record. I myself have had a couple of run-ins with the law – both of which were due to my own stupidity. I have talked about what’s happened that night to friends, family, and sometimes colleagues and have grown from those experiences.

  68. andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 31, 2013 10:54 AM

    The toomer’s and mcnaab’s of the world, who are done but still want to remain relevant and get a little more attention because they have been unsuccessful after football, are painful to listen to. it’s not your time now amani. it’s ray’s time. sit quietly little fella.

  69. djstat says: Jan 31, 2013 10:54 AM

    Funny, no one has said one word about Ray Lewis’s entrance dance for 17 years. It fires up the home stadium and has made M & T bank the toughest place to play in the NFL.

    Amani Toomer is the same clown who has thrown his own teammates under the bus to stay relevent.

    Also another example of Florio and Michael David Smith continuing to publish only negative pieces about the Ravens.

    To allthe Steeler fans who respond with hate just remember: You love and support your rapist QB, your drunk driving WR Hiens Ward, your anti american Mendenhal and your barbarian Linebacker Harrison.

    Ray Lewis is awesome

  70. illmatic8582 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:55 AM

    So what that Ray Ray did his dance one last time for the home fans? It’s not like he did it in an away game. It was for the fans of Baltimore, not for the cameras or any other city. If it was so bad that he did that, why did the fans cheer? Stop hating on the man

  71. Cereal says: Jan 31, 2013 10:55 AM

    Check the testimony Toomer, what happened that nigh is that a jury ruled (very quickly) that the men who killed the two victims were acting in self defense. Its a fact that the media is ignoring for some reason….Lollar & Sweetney were aquitted, they were defending themselves & possibly Ray. The victims were robbing Ray & his crew.

  72. bengalsmofo says: Jan 31, 2013 10:55 AM

    I don’t have an issue with his having a questionable past and being a Christian. Christianity allows for repenting, even on your deathbed.

    My question is, did he become religious before, during, or after he had six kids with four women, none of whom (if I recall correctly) he married.

  73. thejuddstir says: Jan 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    What’s the difference between Rae Carruth and Ray Lewis? Carruth wasn’t a star All Pro when he killed someone and thus no one cared, not even Carolina Panther fans because Carruth got what he deserved. Ray Lewis…..not so much, until he reaches his final judgement day and no amount of religion is going to save his azz because to this day he still chooses to live the lie. Asking for forgiveness requires admitting the truth and Lewis remains too egotistical to do so.

  74. patriotinvasion says: Jan 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    The commissioner needs to make a statement on this. We can’t have the biggest star of the game CHEATING his way to the top.

    If Lance Armstrong taught us anything it’s that cheating never wins.

    And Giants fans, you guys should now have 3 rings in 12 years because the 2000 Super Bowl needs to be vacated by the Ravens. Ray’s cheating must go all the way back to the U.

  75. tritan306 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    Hey Amani.. Ike Hilliard is better than you.

  76. tacoslinger619 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:57 AM

    How will ESPN and the NFL squash this story to protect there aquitted golden double-murdering
    child! Thank You Mr. Toomer for using the power of the media to spread your message….just like Ray does 24/7 to spread his B.S. lies and to praise himself!

  77. jammer88 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:59 AM

    Ray Lewis is a cold blooded killer who should have been sentenced to death for killing those two young kids, but because he’s rich, he didn’t spend one day in prison. This is an indictment on our judicial system.

  78. supashug says: Jan 31, 2013 10:59 AM

    meanwhile all the niners are doing is offending all the gays in the world witthout any backlash.

    all of this fodder helps the Ravens for sure, look for a huge game from the D and no one to keep up with Torrey Smith

  79. msstiller58 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:59 AM

    Why wouldn’t steelers fans be on here? Take a look at Steelers articles and see who is the one who posts 3, 4 or more times in the comments. And please Pats fans, you really shouldn’t call Ravens cheaters. That old saying about the pot and the kettle…..

  80. johnrobc says: Jan 31, 2013 10:59 AM

    Shocker “SteelerfanJo” says Ray Lewis is worthless.. I’m sure he’s unbiased. If by “Worthless” you actually mean “Arguably one of the greatest defenders to ever play the game” you nailed it!

  81. bigfella87 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:00 AM

    And people care what Amani Toomer says…..why? The guy is a clown looking for limelight during Super Bowl week.

  82. eessppnn says: Jan 31, 2013 11:00 AM

    This is football! I think the league should allow the use of steriods for exactly this purpose.
    Instead of deadly painkillers that only mask the problem, these drugs have great use if used properly, monitored and controlled.
    It is just so sheepish to say wow that’s cheating bc they make you better?? I think we have to see that what they are being asked to do is not what the average Joe puts their body through, not even the game!
    The training alone is brutal! Stop this witch hunt and grow up and realize making these guys healthier while playing and not just numbed up and still injured, is the better way!

    Patriots rule.

  83. ravenscaps48 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:02 AM

    It was his last home game in a city that he played 17 years in…. They made the right choice putting him on the field

  84. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 31, 2013 11:02 AM

    If Toomer watched the NFL Network he would have seen the footage showing that it was Harbaugh’s idea to send him out for the last play.

  85. fanz928 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:04 AM

    Jealousy at its finest

  86. primetime0552 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:04 AM

    I’m sure every religious person has a clean record……. God is the only one to judge, not Toomer.

  87. ravensdominate says: Jan 31, 2013 11:04 AM

    Ravens fans love and appreciate whatt Ray Lewis has done in the community and on the field. We love him and that’s all that matters. You nasty people do not.

  88. afreak2u says: Jan 31, 2013 11:05 AM

    As a die hard steelers fan and a raven hater I will admit ray is one of the best linebackers of all time, a great leader for his team and who is to say he has or hasn’t confessed his past to God that’s between him and God, though I am rooting for the 9ers I think he is having fun with his retirement and going out how many wish they could, going out on the field for the last play of the game in a victory formation why not give his home field and fans one last chance to see him out there, you all want to drag up his past well that’s long gone and done as for recent allegations of the deer stuff let the league deal with it,

  89. bradygirl12 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:08 AM

    I agree completely with Amani Toomer on this one. Also agreed with him about Shockey. If Ray Lewis is trying to leave his mark on this SB,he’s succeeded and then some…it’s more like a huge ugly stain.

  90. drewsylvania says: Jan 31, 2013 11:08 AM

    Lewis is Lance Armstrong plus murder.

  91. itsfootballbaby says: Jan 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    Hey Amani, We do know what happened that night. It all came out in court and the two guys who did the stabbing were acquitted on the basis of self-defense. That means that, legally, no “murder” took place. What else do you need to know? You may not like the outcome, but it is what it is.

  92. jetfan28 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    So Ray doing a dance when the game is over is self absorption, but stopping an entire game to have Cal Ripken do a victory lap great for the fans. Got it.
    How did Amani feel about the Giants stopping the game to honor Strahan’s fake sack record. Was that selfish?

  93. justintuckrule says: Jan 31, 2013 11:10 AM

    For all the “who is Toomer” “He’s irrelevant” comments…

    First, he’s the leading WR in the storied history of the NY Football Giants. Count their rings Ravens fans. (By the way, you were a phantom holding call on Armstead from being sucked into a close game!)

    Aside from that, you should all be applauding Toomer. He is one of the few, if not the ONLY, former player who actually calls it likes he sees it. His comments are refreshing and not the same ol’ “we need to get better each play” comment. Plus, he’s not above his own critiques. He’s honestly blasted himself for things such as his early harsh treatment of Eli. Big deal if he called Ray a caricature. It’s the truth. His acting job has kept him in the league the last 5 years because the Lord knows it wasn’t his coverage skills.

  94. tomtravis76 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:10 AM

    Sure would like to see these guys say these things to the players face. At least Rome had the balls to say it when confronted. Toomer would kiss Rays rear in his presence. Ray has a huge deal with ESPN, and Amani is covering HS football in NY for post career work.

  95. conewalker says: Jan 31, 2013 11:10 AM

    Keep in mind this is not the first time Toomer has opened his mouth wrongfully.

    Just google search Kurt Warner Amani Toomer and you can hear Toomer whining about something Kurt Warner said. Or look up what he said about Jeremy Shockey, complaining that he’s not a good teammate.

    Seems this guy does a lot of complaining for such a non-descript player…Toomer is softer than the toilet paper I use and got his butt whipped at Super Bowl 35 and sounds a little bitter that his offense scored 0 points that game :)

  96. scrp2 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:11 AM

    Tiki is flabbergasted.

  97. stack7 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:11 AM

    Truly being a man of God means owning up and confronting any all things before you. It also means being humble and giving glory to God and not yourself. Ray has done NONE of that yet continues to claim to be a man of faith…maybe faith in himself.

    Thank you Amani Toomer for being direct about this travesty of a man. also, the adoration around him is a sad reflection on us as a society.

  98. grudenthediva says: Jan 31, 2013 11:11 AM

    giantsfanlewis gets his Breitbart Rewards Points for today’s obligatory and completely random mention of President Obama.

    President. Deal with it, ladies.

  99. bullcharger says: Jan 31, 2013 11:12 AM

    Baltimore has always been about Lewis… they love him there. Why not give them something to cheer for in his last game. I don’t see why that matters. I much rather see that than idiots dancing after a sack that means nothing in a game.

    As for the murder charge… it was dropped… He isn’t a murderer. The other guys that actually did it even got off with self denfense. Let it go. Why does Ray Lewis owe anyone an explanation. He doesn’t.

  100. conewalker says: Jan 31, 2013 11:12 AM

    I think it’s wrong for the writer here to imply it’s a simple question for Ray to answer; with the media there and how they spin things, how could you not worry about being incriminated by telling the story???? Even if you are not guilty. That’s what any lawyer would tell you to do, not go in front of the media and have them pick your words

  101. ballinsohard says: Jan 31, 2013 11:12 AM

    Toomer is clueless. Harbaugh had to send someone to search the sideline to find Lewis and send him out on the field. Lewis wasn’t up there begging coach to go in on the last play.

    Clean record to be one of God’s children? Go read a Bible. Jesus hung out with the prostitutes, tax collectors, poor, what were considered the low-lifes of his time. We don’t make ourselves acceptable to God, it’s impossible, and thank God for that.

    What happened that night was worked out in the courtroom. Why does Ray Lewis owe Toomer, Florio, anybody an explanation? The two men who were actually responsible for the murders were aquitted on the grounds of self-defense. Ray was the only person involved who received a sentence. Yeah he screwed it up by intially trying to cover it up like it never happened to protect his career, but he was found out and the justice system served its purpose.

    Who’s to say that young kid (remember he was only in his mid-20s at the time) can’t learn from his mistakes and become a better man and change?

  102. patriotenvy says: Jan 31, 2013 11:13 AM

    Ray reminds me of Mike Tyson except Tyson had better character. Remember Mike saying I want to eat his children, all praise allah? But for example when Mike was called a rapist and a recluse he said I’m not a recluse. Mike was what he was. Ray doesn’t want people to know the real him.

  103. uvmcatamounts says: Jan 31, 2013 11:13 AM

    Ray is obnoxiously religious and egotistical, but these Toomer comments seem off the mark.

    Firstly, only people with a “clean record” can be religious? Toomer seems to be forgetting “judge not lest ye be judged” and the whole principal of forgiveness and atonement in Christianity.

    Secondly, what is the real harm with Ray in the victory formation in his last home game? Baltimore may never see another hall of fame career like his and if the fans had no problem with it, I don’t see why Toomer does. I’m also sick of this “WE the Giants are too classy an organization for that.” Stop with all the self-congratulations.

    And lastly, really Amani? Asking Ray what happened in 2000? His friends got in a fight at a bar that got out of hand. They were all processed through the legal system. Ray even testified against his friends (soon to be former friends). Why does Ray Lewis get SOOO much attention for hanging out with the wrong people 13 years ago yet players like James Harrison and Terrell Suggs (and many many others) seem to get a free pass for abusing their wives?

    Amani is just capitalizing on the potential press that Super Bowl week brings. Pretty self-serving if you ask me.

  104. conewalker says: Jan 31, 2013 11:14 AM

    Amani had 2 catches 24 yards in Super Bowl XXXV vs. the Ravens. 5 targets with two interceptions (one being a pick-6 to put the game away).

    What a player! Keep talking junk about other players in the game like he’s been doing all his career.

  105. rabbdogg says: Jan 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    toomer needs to shut his hatting arse the hell up…the COACH sent ray out there in the victory formation u garbage can idiot….toomer is still upset at the blowout azzwhooping the ravens gave his team in 2001…just shut your sorry hack mouth toomer and go away hater….and yeah I’m NOT a ravens fan….i just dispise haters…

  106. travishenryskid says: Jan 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    If a random person started speaking and acting like Ray Lewis, you would think he was certifiably insane. But when he acts the way he does, we encourage it and are entertained because it’s a sideshow. So Toomer is correct, the man has become a caricature, but we certainly helped him become one.

  107. jaxrednek says: Jan 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    God actually wants witnesses… now personally i don’t believe God cares one way or another about who wins… just that He gets the glory either way…

    as far as Ray, He is definitely a little extravagant but that is just him… not everyone has the same personality… whatever his role in the bad things of the past he is forgiven… and NOWHERE does it say he has to confess to the media or the public, just to as GOD for forgiveness…

    I’m not a raven’s fan but i admire great players for what they do on the field… might not always like their off the field stuff, but that’s not why i like them anyway, so who cares…

  108. normnailz says: Jan 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    where are his clothes he was wearing the night of the murders? that’s all i want to know. 2 people died and he obstructs the laws process to find out who is responsible. it just doesn’t add up to me. think of the families of those who died. having to sit and see Lewis on TV and being praised as a hero and he is the one person who could possibly explain exactly what happened that night. i really feel for their families.

  109. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:16 AM

    It is exhausting. I’m not going to lie. If I were a heathen,watching Pastor Ray’s act would definitely make me more secure in my heathenist ways. There’s a thin line between over-the-top preaching and buffoonery.

  110. ravensnation21 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:16 AM

    So if you dont have the right to be religous if you have a bad past. I dont think toomer is God. He doesnt get to decide who can be religous or not. Im thinking hes still upset that we detroyed him in Super Bowl XXXV. Get over it

  111. conewalker says: Jan 31, 2013 11:16 AM

    One more thing, it’s clear Toomer is just trying to gain publicity for his radio station and cater to the New York fans who obviously don’t like him or the Ravens.

    And the writer here is doing it for pageviews, ad clicks, etc aka greed

  112. imbetterthanyou says: Jan 31, 2013 11:16 AM

    “This guy is an idiot. Never any good and has no credibility. He would never say it to rays face just like everyone else. Greatest def player of all time Anyone who says they wouldn’t want ray on there team is lying”

    A. He had a very solid career (46th all time in receiving Yards) and had a string of 5-6 1000 yard seasons in the late 90s early 00s.

    B. Lawrence Taylor was and will be the Greatest Defensive Player of all time. Changed the face of defense.

  113. conewalker says: Jan 31, 2013 11:17 AM

    And all you people dissing Ray, he has done more for under-privileged people in this world than all of you combined. That is an absolute fact.

  114. sanityinsd says: Jan 31, 2013 11:18 AM

    If you watched NFL’s SoundFX, John Harbaugh told Ray that he was going in for Victory.

    I love how the NFL community praised Ray as the playoffs approached and pumped him up with each Ravens win. Then after they smacked the helpless Patriots, they looked around and realized that they were stuck with the bad image of the Ravens and had to think quickly. Their only course of action left was to bring him down and knock him from the pedestal upon which they placed him a few weeks earlier.

    Now THAT’S hypocritical.

  115. freepretzels says: Jan 31, 2013 11:19 AM

    WR doesn’t like linebacker. Big surprise.

  116. ravensmike410 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:22 AM

    Mr. Toomer,

    Being a Christian doesn’t mean someone has a clean record. It means they recognize their dirty record and their need for a savior to save them from themselves. It means that they have decided to turn away from their past ways and follow Christ. It doesn’t mean they’re perfect or even think they are perfect. It means they are clearly flawed, but God is perfect. Blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven.

    In the case of the double homicide, the media knows well that the only person convicted at all was Ray Lewis. He pled guilty to obstruction of justice and turned as a witness against the guys who actually stabbed the two men. Even one of the lawyers for one of the victim’s family said that if it had gone to trial, Ray Lewis would not have been convicted. He should have never even been charged with double murder. That was 13 years ago. Why should he have to talk about it now?

    And for those concerned about cheating allegations, a Johns Hopkins professor was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun a few days ago and said that the IGF-1 could not be delivered orally or through a spray and that whatever snake oil salemsan Ross was selling likely did not even contain the banned substance.

  117. azblackbird says: Jan 31, 2013 11:22 AM

    Let me see if I have this right. The media–including, but not limited to Florio et. al. run story after story about Ray Lewis. The stories keep pointing out the flamboyance of a single player who, by the way, has always been this way, and suddenly, Ray Lewis is a problem.
    Children, play fair. If you don’t think his behavior is fitting for the purified air of Sports reporting, stop obsessing over it.
    It is your agenda after all, no one else’s.
    As for Toomer–aside from being a moderately better than average football player in another age, he’s an expert of what, exactly?

  118. zaggs says: Jan 31, 2013 11:27 AM

    One thing I’ve never heard from the Ray Lewis defenders. Why is Lewis so special he doesn’t have to explain what happened when his group murdered 2 men?

  119. chattanola says: Jan 31, 2013 11:31 AM

    The aspect that the court found that Ray (and his posse) acted in self defense is curious. Two men were unable to testify to their actions and motives because they were dead.

  120. zaggs says: Jan 31, 2013 11:32 AM

    “ravensmike410 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 11:22 AM
    Mr. Toomer,

    Being a Christian doesn’t mean someone has a clean record. It means they recognize their dirty record and their need for a savior to save them from themselves. It means that they have decided to turn away from their past ways and follow Christ. It doesn’t mean they’re perfect or even think they are perfect. It means they are clearly flawed, but God is perfect. Blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven.”

    Actually I’m pretty sure it means they confess their sins, which Lewis has not. That was Toomer’s point. Hence the rest of your point is moot.

  121. justintuckrule says: Jan 31, 2013 11:32 AM

    One other thing….to the commenters who say “I’d love to see Toomer say it to Ray’s face”….

    Toomer has a black belt in Karate and does UFC training at Jay Glazer’s academy. Unless Ray brought the two dudes that were with him in Atlanta, I doubt Toomer would be scared of a one-armed Ray Lewis.

  122. cameltoehoe says: Jan 31, 2013 11:36 AM

    Wouldn’t it be cute if Ray came out of the tunnel in that white suit that we’ve all been looking for? Now that’s something to dance about!

  123. kev86 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:37 AM

    To the angry Raven fans calling Toomer a nobody because he said some negative things about sweet Ray; He had 668 receptions, 9,497 yds, 54 td’s. 1 Super bowl ring, ( some highlights include; a game winning td against the 13-0 Broncos in 98, 204 yd game in 2002 against Colts and clutch grabs in 07 playoff run against dallas and GB).

    I cant think of a WR the Ravens have ever drafted with similar success.

    Toomer was a solid NFL WR.

  124. brizz5606 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:41 AM

    Toomer is off on this. In a world where athletes push grooming products to Ugg boots, Ray Lewis is pushing Religion. I hate the fact that People like Toomer feel that only perfect people should represent God. This is asinine

  125. Kaz says: Jan 31, 2013 11:42 AM

    If Ray was truley innocent he would say something about the victims. May God bless them and their family’s for the tragedy…. Something. He tends to forget (if he’s innocent) that men did die and his voice as it relates to their tragedy (and violence in general) would be powerful.

    If he’s innocent that is. That would certainly be the Christian approach to the subject. Him ignoring the victims in all this speaks volumes.

  126. daddyb1gdrawz says: Jan 31, 2013 11:45 AM

    Something rubs me the wrong way in Toomer’s wording. I think Ray Lewis is regarded as “the best LB’s in history” because of his antics. But I scoff at the notion of bringing up his past. Who is Toomer to judge the man’s past sins and say it is not good enough? For the record, we do not even know Ray Lewis involvement the night in question. I just do not understand why everyone is coming after Ray Lewis now. It seems as if people are just trying to create something to talk about. Of course Lewis is full of himself. I think he is as fake as many politicians but why now? Why bring it up now? Just move on.

  127. gtrdonald says: Jan 31, 2013 11:47 AM

    “…Ray Lewis the man who was accused of double murder and who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice…”

    In this case, pled would be the correct word to use, not pleaded.

  128. ravenboy4lyfe says: Jan 31, 2013 11:47 AM

    First of all why cant he dance in the middle of the field hey deserved it ravens fans liked it thats all that matters we know how much he mean to the organization he is only the best linebacker ever so let him celebrate toomer dont hate if were not in the superbowl none of this bs would have came up but u and the media just keep adding fuel to the fire actually doing us a favor thank you!

  129. nealjr80 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:51 AM

    Toomer is a cornball brother anyway! He doesn’t count! So I can c that coming from him! Hes more of a zebra!

  130. donchacho says: Jan 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    Before he descends into hell after winning the super bowl I hope Ray punches this clown out.

    As for having to answer questions about his case, why should he? its done. His guys got off and he got hit with obstrution. Thats not a murderer! If someone was trying to kill me I sure as hell would defend myself and thats what happened in this case which is why they were acquitted. Your an idiot and would be a dead one if you wouldn’t defend yourself if someone was trying to kill you. Stop feeling sorry for and crying over two guys who instigated a life threatening situation.

  131. gpry says: Jan 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    Toomer 2 recs 24 yards. Way to choke on the big stage

  132. rodell77 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:54 AM

    Ray’s walk with God is Ray’s walk. Is he hard to stomach at times…..yes. Sound a bit self serving at times……yes. Ask yourself how do I make amends for a terrible night a decade ago…….It can’t be easy. Haunted by that night. My Mother always says “Love God but you don’t have to wear Him on your sleeve. It takes a while for the “Babe in Christ” to get that . I hope it’s a great game. Go Cowboys!!!!!!

  133. mikeythelectrician says: Jan 31, 2013 11:54 AM

    what’s with all the ray lovers, stop with the man crush its embarrassing, he’s a scumbag

  134. ravensmike410 says: Jan 31, 2013 11:55 AM

    zaggs,

    Does one need to confess their sins to God, or to the entire world?

    Again, he accounted for his actions that night during the process. Why keep reliving it for you?

  135. moneyzo says: Jan 31, 2013 11:59 AM

    It has been a rough off season for the New York giants in Divorce court. First Michael Strahan is forced to pay his wife $15 million and now Amani Toomer is in divorce court.  This case has not been decided yet, but the details that have been released are ugly.

    Toomer is trying to have the marriage annulled due to Fraud and she is seeking divorce. He alleged she has had 4 abortions because she did not want to have is kids.

    She says he will not let her go to sleep without having sex with her.

    For all of the details go here.

    She is obviously seeking half and the court has already awarded her $11,000 a month in support. She is a chiropractor that is currently in law school. They were married for four years.

    Is this a case of a white woman using a black athlete to pay for school and get rich with no plans of staying with him? Is he stupid for not bailing after the first abortion?

    He should have know something was up when she refused to take his last name!

  136. ern215 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:01 PM

    be real, none of us should be judging the next man, end of story

  137. rufusporter says: Jan 31, 2013 12:03 PM

    Thank You Amani Toomer! Ray Lewis is a murderer who is only out because he’s rich. His ‘Christian’ defenders need to get a grip. ‘Not perfect’ This man killed two people in cold blood. The spectacle he creates and everyone’s tacit approval is disturbing.

  138. blitzin20 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:06 PM

    Call Ray Lewis what you will but he is still playing on Sunday so get over it. Nothing anyone says at this point will change that. In fact, it only makes those throwing verbal jabs Ray’s way look as classless as they hope to portray him.

    Btw, are we now putting an asterisk next to Alabama’s national title? I didn’t think so. So if you think this will put one next to the Raven’s Super Bowl win you’re grasping at straws.

    For some shallow reason fans of the other 31 teams want to ruin the fans of the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl experience. Well I got news for all the haters. We don’t care and we will experience just as much pride and jubilation as any other team’s fans would with a Super Bowl victory.

  139. scoobies05 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:07 PM

    please everyone who is out to get ray. dont let any facts get in your way. too funny. and just so you all know….ray is the biggest star in this superbowl. thats why he gets the most attention. for those of you who dont like it dont watch. pretty simple solution. go ravens!!

  140. donchacho says: Jan 31, 2013 12:10 PM

    Please show me this new evidence you have rufus that apparently wasnt in his trial. Proving ray is the one who killed them. In the trial both the prosecutor and judge acknowledged ray wasnt the one who stabbed them, he had no weapon. The stupidity of some of you regarding this is unreal. Theres alot worse people in the world than ray lewis.

  141. realdealsteel says: Jan 31, 2013 12:12 PM

    Toomer is exactly right. Let me tell you why:

    God DOES forgive….but you have to repent! Has Lewis repented?? Even talked about the incident that night?? NO!!!

    Lewis didn’t do any murdering of anyone. But he knows who did.

    Lewis is a hypocrite. Straight up.

  142. andydaltonsgingereyebrows says: Jan 31, 2013 12:13 PM

    The media circus surrounding the Superbowl is the one giving Ray all this attention! Not to mention this is the last game for one of the greatest players to EVER play the game on the biggest stage! If you don’t like having to see all the attention he’s getting then turn off the TV and go watch Food Network or something! Black and Purple ALL DAY, GO RAVENS!!!!!

  143. jeff6381 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:16 PM

    It’s funny how so many people know what’s in Ray Lewis heart so many people say he fake and playing the “God card”. I don’t know the man and never met him so I can’t say the man is sincere or not.

  144. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 31, 2013 12:16 PM

    luz56 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 10:42 AM
    Well said….. Ray Lewis the ball player you are a great talent. Ray Lewis the person is a self serving scumbag that won’t answer that important question about what happened in Atlanta. By the way god doesn’t forgive murder
    ________________
    What people don’t know is immense. From knowing what happened in Atlanta to anything religious. By the way, related to the above comment, what Jesus from the cross says: “forgive them father, they know not what they do.”

    He also said that “whoever believes in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    But I am not a Bible quoter because I am a rare Christian that does not literally interpret every word. But when people are ignorant the words do help clear up misunderstanding.

    The reaction to anything religious is amazing. I go to church almost every Sunday, but hesitate to call myself Christian because of the right wing religious nuts out there. But you all don’t get…most who go to church or give praise to Jesus because THEY ARE NOT PERFECT. They understand they are failed or flawed people and lift up praise to the Lord because of humility and atonement.

    You can be atheist and understand that.

    Ignorance is never more evident than in the religious discussions.

    And forgiveness of sins was promised by Christ. They don’t have to be confessed to anyone but the Lord (unless you’re Catholic and believe in confession).

    And last the ignorance in Atlanta is amazing. People act like Ray struck a check and was released. I guess the police and the State’s Attorney did not investigation. And if they did, all the Joe sixpacks here no much more than those people who just gave Ray a pass.

    Do any of you actually use your brains?

  145. yinzer7 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:22 PM

    Remember when Amanu’s ex divorced him and he urinated on her clothes. Class!

  146. johnnyballsack says: Jan 31, 2013 12:25 PM

    Hey Ravens fans- you are showing us all just how ignorant blind faith is. When your only defense is to point out other substandard humans in comparison and why we aren’t ragging on them, it proves you believe he is as big a turd as the rest of us do. When you say that he is the face of your franchise would be to admit that your franchise is a joke. Just come out and be truthful and say “Ray is a scumbag but we love him because he is our scumbag”…I could actually respect that train of thought.

  147. numbskull111 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:31 PM

    You can trash Ray Lewis for a lot of things…however going to the center of the field in the Victory Formation isn’t one of them.

    They had the clip on SoundFX last night where Harbaugh thought of that idea to send Ray out one last time in Baltimore.

    As for Ray dancing at mid-field….I think that was just a way to say “thank you” to the fans of Baltimore. Had he done that on a visiting team’s field…then you might have something…but doing it at home, as a result of his coach’s suggestion….I don’t think you can trash him for that.

  148. omegalh says: Jan 31, 2013 12:33 PM

    To those who want Ray to explain that night. Its easy why he doesn’t. If he explained what happened, he’d probably be arrested for murder.

  149. primetime0552 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:34 PM

    How does everyone condemning Ray Lewis know the truth on what happened that night? Lewis didn’t get away with murder. Twist it however you want. He didn’t help the investigation at all, which is why he was charged with what obstruction of justice. The investigation didn’t show Lewis killed anyone. Were you there? Did you do your own investigation? You don’t have any clue what happened that night. Innocent until proven guilty right? Isn’t that part of the judicial system? Funny how our country never works that way. Guilty until proven innocent is how it works. How many people are falsely accussed every day? How many people are in prison for crimes they didn’t do? You constantly hear about people being released from prison for crimes they didn’t commite. Did Lewis do wrong that night? I have no clue what he did or didn’t do, and neither does anyone else commenting here. He didn’t get out of it because he was famous and has lots of money. Lots of famous or rich people go to jail. He got out of it because there was no evidence to prove he killed anyone.

  150. primetime0552 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:35 PM

    Also, why does he have to come out and speak about it in public? Who are we to say he didn’t do the correct thing. Just because he didn’t hold a press conference we question his religous beliefs and call him a fraud?

  151. patriotinvasion says: Jan 31, 2013 12:37 PM

    blitzin20 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:06 PM

    Btw, are we now putting an asterisk next to Alabama’s national title? I didn’t think so. So if you think this will put one next to the Raven’s Super Bowl win you’re grasping at straws.
    _____

    The banned substance in deer antler extract is banned in the NFL and NOT BANNED in the NCAA. Face it, your “great” LB is a CHEATER and his cheating is the only reason the Ravens are playing. This Super Bowl has been tainted since Tuesday.

  152. greenmtnboy31 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:41 PM

    I can only surmise that Amani’s truthful and factual assessment of the overhyped Ray Lewis is hitting a little too close to home, which results in the sharp tongued comments from the Ravens fans. Here’s a clue for you, Ray Lewis is not, was not and never will be the best defensive player or even the best linebacker in NFL history. Mike Singletary & LT were two better LB’s. The fact that you suggest that only exposes your ignorance. Ray Lewis is guilty of obstructing justice in a murder case, GUILTY. Think about how you might feel if that was your relative’s killing that he was involved in. Like a previous poster indicated, for those who defend Ray, don’t let any facts get in your way. A TRUE Christian would not have done what Ray Lewis was found guilty of doing.

  153. nevermore52 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:41 PM

    The fans in Baltimore wanted to see him dance. Just like they did EVERY single home game for the last decade and then some. The coaches respect him. The players respect him. The fans respect him. Anyone outside of Baltimore; worry about your own team.

  154. mrone50 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:42 PM

    Is Toomer’s job to come up with things to talk about other than Lewis? Yes

    Is Toomer bringing more attention to Lewis? Yes

    Is this guy Toomer bringing ATTENTION to his post career radio show by this? YES

    Is there anything worse than someone calling someone a hypocrite while being a hypocrite? NO

  155. granadafan says: Jan 31, 2013 12:44 PM

    I wish Terrell Suggs would tell Ray Lewis to cut out the God/Jesus stuff like he said to Tebow.

  156. mn2long says: Jan 31, 2013 12:44 PM

    Zaggssays:

    “Actually I’m pretty sure it means they confess their sins, which Lewis has not. That was Toomer’s point. Hence the rest of your point is moot.”

    Not sure which bible you have been studying. I assume you’re Catholic? In Catholicism you must “confess” your sins to a Priest, he doesn’t need to confess to you or me.

    Outside of Catholicism, scripture teaches that you need to accept Jesus as your Savior for your sins to be forgiven.

    You, my friend, need to study a little more before trying to speak for other Christians.

  157. dwdive says: Jan 31, 2013 12:49 PM

    Rays a scumbag

  158. armchairqb says: Jan 31, 2013 12:51 PM

    But Ray loves Jesus. So it’s all good, right?

  159. seabronco says: Jan 31, 2013 12:54 PM

    Thank you Amani Toomer! Ray is a fake

  160. jacksprat57 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:02 PM

    Toomer is a boob. As for Ray’s religiosity, he has never posed as an arbiter of the morality of others; his religious practice is an inclusive one, both designed to praise the Lord and call men to Him, no more. (He’s never, to my knowledge, made the sort of public remonstrances of morality that Reggie White did, for example.)

    As for his display at mid-field, he wasn’t showboating for the crowd, but uniting his team further in their quest and calling them once again to victory, using that crowd’s response to reinforce unity and purpose. Leadership 402, Thesis.

  161. mgo87 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:02 PM

    Wow, what a joke, Amani who, oh yea thats right a guy that was average at best during the prime of his career talking trash on one of the greatest to ever play, shame on you toomer, who are you to judge someone else. As for the dance, it wasnt for you toomer, it was for the poeple of Baltimore who have loved Ray Lewis for 17 years, dont like it stop watching. It’s funny how when a great man like Ray reaches the pinnacle of his profession the haters come out of the woodwork, it makes me laugh. Just adding fuel to the Raven fire and the wrath of all this hate will be taken out on and felt by the 9ers on Sunday.

  162. ravenator says: Jan 31, 2013 1:16 PM

    Ray Lewis is amazing you all wish you had him on your team

  163. skins23 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:22 PM

    FACTS:

    London Fletcher has played in more games than Ray Lewis and has a higher average per 16 games in tackles, sacks, forced fumbles, and only slightly trails Lewis in interceptions (1.6 to 1.8).

    He’s also done it as a leader and with great heart and character, while also spending countless hours with his charity (London’s Bridge) and others.

    All without PED usage or any murder charges.

    The only difference is London doesn’t dance or crow or call attention to himself at every opportunity.

    If I had a vote, Fletch would be going into the HOF before Ray.

  164. melikefootball says: Jan 31, 2013 1:23 PM

    Toomer has more guts to tell it as it is, than ESPN. All that rain dancing and taking off your jersey when game is over is strictly for the ME factor and Ray Ray has plenty of that. Thums up Toomer.

  165. dynasonic says: Jan 31, 2013 1:29 PM

    It’s funny reading so many people that agree with Amani on this considering Reggie Wayne encountered so much backlash on this same forum when he said he felt disrespected by Ray going into the victory formation for one last dance.

  166. jeysamwillis says: Jan 31, 2013 1:34 PM

    Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game . . . . I just don’t think the Giants or any organization I’ve ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.

    The same Giants that play Salsa music EVERY SINGLE TIME Victor Cruz scores? And who is he to tell another man that his sins havent been forgiven? If your sick of the whole Ray Lewis schtick, fine, but dont go speaking just to make your completely irrelvant name relevant again.

  167. jagsfanugh says: Jan 31, 2013 1:40 PM

    Lewis is one of the greatest football players all time but like another great player named Sapp, both are not well liked outside the game.

  168. Akula says: Jan 31, 2013 1:51 PM

    Sounds about right. I think Toomer covered all the bases.

  169. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 31, 2013 1:52 PM

    skins23 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 1:22 PM
    FACTS:

    London Fletcher has played in more games than Ray Lewis and has a higher average per 16 games in tackles, sacks, forced fumbles, and only slightly trails Lewis in interceptions (1.6 to 1.8).

    He’s also done it as a leader and with great heart and character, while also spending countless hours with his charity (London’s Bridge) and others.

    All without PED usage or any murder charges.

    The only difference is London doesn’t dance or crow or call attention to himself at every opportunity.

    If I had a vote, Fletch would be going into the HOF before Ray.

    ____________________

    No doubt, London is a strong player, and a great guy.

    But you don’t know football if you are honestly going to make a case for Fletcher over Lewis. I doubt sincerely you saw Ray play when he was younger. I mean every game. London was never that fast. London never made the players around him better the way Ray does. Ask Ed Hartwell, Bart Scott, or Adalius Thomas. They were excellent on the Ravens, then what happened? London was very good to excellent at times. But he was never that good. You see the game through burgundy glasses.

    I understanding people not liking Ray. But ignorance should not be part of the hate.

    FICTION: Flectcher is greater than Lewis.

  170. brentfarve says: Jan 31, 2013 1:58 PM

    I cant wait for this game to get played so everything shakes out as it should.

    1. Ravens win the Superbowl
    2. Ray Lewis will go down as the greatest LB of all time and one of the most inspirational men in the world.
    3. All the haters will hate us garbage spewing, uneducated, band wagon jumping Raven fans even more.

    Ravens win by 17… Ray Lewis Superbowl MVP.

  171. 757ravensfan says: Jan 31, 2013 2:08 PM

    Somebody remind Toomer that the best player in Giants history, Lawrence Taylor, was far from a model citizen.

  172. supashug says: Jan 31, 2013 2:11 PM

    First, he’s the leading WR in the storied history of the NY Football Giants. Count their rings Ravens fans. (By the way, you were a phantom holding call on Armstead from being sucked into a close game!)

    wow, you remember the game that well…then you also remember getting beat by a team that didnt score a touchdown in 6 games and had Trent Dilfer as a QB. It must still be painful huh.

    and yes Toomer was average and is still a washed up blowhard

  173. mrone50 says: Jan 31, 2013 2:27 PM

    Skins 23,

    How many defensive coaches obtained head coaching jobs for having coached London Fletcher?

    Now how many for. Ray Lewis?

  174. greenbay4ever says: Jan 31, 2013 2:36 PM

    Who cares what Amani thinks. He is not even a hall of famer. I agree Ray Ray is over doing it but to say he is selfish. That is just not accurate. Haters, sounds like a lot of 9r fans .

  175. crazycane says: Jan 31, 2013 2:50 PM

    I don’t remember a Super Bowl where so much stuff came from ex-players about non sense. This is why the 2 weeks before the Super Bowl are the worse 2 weeks in sports.

    And honestly, who cares?

  176. patriotinvasion says: Jan 31, 2013 2:55 PM

    brentfarve says: Jan 31, 2013 1:58 PM

    I cant wait for this game to get played so everything shakes out as it should.

    1. Ravens win the Superbowl
    2. Ray Lewis will go down as the greatest LB of all time and one of the most inspirational men in the world.
    3. All the haters will hate us garbage spewing, uneducated, band wagon jumping Raven fans even more.

    Ravens win by 17… Ray Lewis Superbowl MVP.
    ____

    And one giant ASTERISK * for cheating.

  177. greenmtnboy31 says: Jan 31, 2013 2:57 PM

    brentfarve says:
    Jan 31, 2013 1:58 PM
    I cant wait for this game to get played so everything shakes out as it should.

    1. Ravens win the Superbowl
    2. Ray Lewis will go down as the greatest LB of all time and one of the most inspirational men in the world.
    3. All the haters will hate us garbage spewing, uneducated, band wagon jumping Raven fans even more.

    Ravens win by 17… Ray Lewis Superbowl MVP.
    _________________________________
    I mentioned ignorance in a previous post and now brentfarve seems to think that he needs to prove my point. He’s made a valiant effort with his ignorant post above.

    I partially agree with #2 – Ray Lewis will go down on Sunday, but it won’t be as the greatest LB of all time. That title is held by one of two Bears; Dick Butkus or Mike Singletary with Jack Lambert, LT, Jr. Seau & Ray Nitschke close behind and all ahead of Ray. Ray might be one of the top seven LB’s of all time, but he’s been a liability in pass coverage for several seasons and only marginally effective in other aspects. While I’m not a big fan of the look at me first Lewis, I hope his injury on Sunday isn’t serious.

  178. jdubkc says: Jan 31, 2013 3:02 PM

    PLEASE do not call him the greatest LB of all time. Even comparing him to Derrick Thomas makes me angry

  179. wldfmsp2 says: Jan 31, 2013 3:04 PM

    Its amazing how people always want to focus on the negative. Amanni Toomer sounds bitter and ridiculous. Nobody in life is perfect. We’re suppose to learn from our mistake and move on. I’m sure he’s not making the same mistakes he was 13 years ago. People always want to be forgiven, but never learn to give.

  180. garysturgis says: Jan 31, 2013 3:07 PM

    Judgement is reserved for the Lord. All of you who don’t know what happened surely have alot of hate and judgement in you. I personally know Ray Lewis, and I can tell you he is a true believer in God and that situation 13 years ago was a massive wake up call for him. He was found not guilty, so let it go people.

    He went from incarcerated to super bowl MVP inside one year. That is clearly God working.

    He will go down in history as the greatest LB to play the game. Like it or not. Toomer is just a washed up hater.

    Ray didn’t kill anyone. Maybe he knows who did, maybe he does not. but HE didn’t do it, so all of you with you court of public opinion need to put some steel around your own glass houses.

    Go Ravens! Go Ray Lewis. I hope you cap your career with MVP again. Make the haters sick this Sunday.

  181. all32 says: Jan 31, 2013 3:16 PM

    Don’t do it ESPN…. You’ll only lose more!

  182. jintzforever says: Jan 31, 2013 3:19 PM

    I agree with Mr.Toomer. Ray is a clown.

  183. garysturgis says: Jan 31, 2013 3:37 PM

    Haters will hate. It is what they are here to do. Ray shut them up 13 years ago with a MVP…he will do it again this Sunday.

    Besides, who cares what happened then? This is about now. He beat that and moved on. Why can’t some of you guys?

    I am sure you are the same group who says OJ did it, regardless of what a court of peers says. Judgement is reserved for the Lord, not you nobodies.

    Go Ravens!

  184. originalsteelcurtain says: Jan 31, 2013 3:39 PM

    Prime Time Sanders was the original over-the-top self-promoter.

    RAy-RAy the G.O.A.T. took the self-promoting to another level..never seen an athlete so full of hot air.

  185. htfan says: Jan 31, 2013 3:58 PM

    So according to Toomer..if you haver ever done anything bad then you cant be “religious’. So he is a changed man…get over it.

  186. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 31, 2013 4:34 PM

    It’s a valid point. Toomer is only saying anyone should be able to ask what happened that night, not accuse Ray-Ray of murder-murder. He’s only asking for an explanation, which of course Ray won’t give. And yet there go the Raven fan apologists with the tired old “hater” ploy.

  187. kpf1981 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:41 PM

    Steelers fan that lives in Baltimore here.

    Ray Lewis is to Balitmore as Rocky is to Philly, as RoboCop is to Detroit, as Godzilla is to Japan…He is larger than life. He is the face of that entire organization! and rightfully so. his personality and passion is just who he is and the fans love it.

    I for one love Ray Lewis. I am fully aware of his past. Call me whatever you want. Ray is a gamer, one of the best ever. I don’t know if he committed those crimes or not. you can easily say he did or didn’t. In the court of law, he wasn’t found guilty of murder. If that isn’t good enough for you, i don’t know what to tell you.

    Maybe that experience made him become a better men. He realized the right path in life and pursued it. How many people turn to religion after an unfortunate accident or hardship? Ray has done a lot of good with his life since then.

    Amani can say whatever he wants. He doesn’t live in baltimore. he doesn’t know what it’s like here. Ray in the victory formation doing his dance was the perfect exclamation point for his last home game of his awesome HOF career.

    I may not agree with the Raven’s fans all that much, but I do agree that Ray Lewis is the man. If you are from the outside looking in, you wouldn’t know. Fortunately I live in Baltimore and fully understand what ray is to this town.

    Go steelers! (next year that is, have a good draft)

  188. jonevans83 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:48 PM

    I’m just going to point out the problem with… having a player on d go out in the victory formation. This always happens.. that wasn’t new. Hell, the Dolphins had Jason Taylor go out for the final snaps in 2011 vs the Jets. It’s really not a big deal.

  189. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Jan 31, 2013 5:21 PM

    ravensdominate says:
    Jan 31, 2013 10:44 AM
    Amani Toomer doesn’t deserve an opinion because he’s a nobody. I forgot he existed before I read this. He’s as meaningless as Steeler fans who comment on Ravens stories. Insignificant.
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Sorta ironic coming from a ravens fan that seems to comment on every steelers story.

    Whats good for the gander is good for the ratbird.

  190. paulz624 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:30 PM

    Toomer sounds like a jealous person, first of all it was the coach who told him to go out there on that last offensive play and the whole team approved it! Second, who better to give a testimony about God but a person with a past, God doesn’t call the righteous but the sinner, Toomer doesn’t have a clue what it’s about.

  191. dagentleman68 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:07 PM

    Honestly reading what was said about Ray Lewis by Mr. Toomer, it is said. Regardless of what he did twelve years ago, he has changed his life and became the person that he is today. If you or anyone can show me an individual that is religious that past life is perfect. As far as Lewis going on the field on the last play of the last game at home for him is a complete honor. If Mr. Toomer was loved or even respected by ONE team as long as Ray was he would of had the same honors. Bottom line, Amani, you dont need to be a hater to be heard.

  192. suzieb61 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:09 PM

    Hey Toomer,

    Go pull the film you jerk. NFL Network aired it two nights ago.

    Ray didn’t go out on that field on his own; John Harbaugh told him to go out there and you can clearly hear his instruction on the film.

    Ray didn’t do it for himself; John had him do it for all of the fans in the stands who have supported this team since 1996.

    We here in Baltimore know how painful it is to lose your team and heritage. John Harbaugh gave each of us a moment to treasure and how important it was for us as fans to show our appreciation for a man who gave it all on the field.

  193. monkeyboymotors says: Jan 31, 2013 6:47 PM

    RAY, THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!

  194. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 31, 2013 9:14 PM

    ravensallday2012 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 10:39 AM
    This guy is an idiot. Never any good and has no credibility. He would never say it to rays face just like everyone else. Greatest def player of all time Anyone who says they wouldn’t want ray on there team is lying

    ======================

    I would pass, Jerod Mayo is twice the playmaker at this point in time, don’t need that kind of self indulgent personality in the locker room, as much as I like Randy Moss I knew he had to go, and he was not dancing around like a moron before and after games. Three words… Do Your Job

  195. letemplay says: Feb 1, 2013 11:18 AM

    I just re watched the 2001 super bowl. There’s a great play where Toomer is supposed to run a route over in the middle of the field. He sees Ray, pulls up and slowly jogs while Ray tips the ball and it is intercepted.

    I would probably be bitter too if someone took my manhood like that. Not just beat but embarrassed. I can’t blame him for still being upset.

  196. flaccosyellowteeth says: Feb 1, 2013 5:04 PM

    Perhaps instead of dedicating the game to god or to himself, he should consider dedicating it to the deaths of 2 men that he was, to an extent we’ll probably never know, responsible for. In my fantasy Super Bowl Chris Brown goes streaking & Ray Lewis attempts to stop him. At this exact moment a small piece of superdome ceiling falls, killing them both instantly.

  197. koenig61 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:39 PM

    Standing by and doing nothing, is almost as bad as committing the crime. Normally when you see someone who has done something in their life that they are not proud of, Drunk Driving, Shoplifting, Alcohol/Drug Abuse, Domestic Abuse, etc.. Those people speak loud and clear about their discretion. What better way to show people the error of your ways, and to steer them clear of the same mistakes you have made? Yet Ray Lewis continually ducks the events that night as if it were the plague. In every single motivational speech he gives, that night in New Orleans, should be topic number 1. He should be using that story as his top motivational tool to steer young kids from hanging out with the wrong crowd, about standing your ground and doing the right thing even when people you are hanging out with have done something heinous like murder. Imagine the honorable man Ray could have been had he done the right thing and called 911 and getting the Police and an Ambulance on the scene immediately. Perhaps those 2 men would still be alive.

  198. CKL says: Feb 2, 2013 2:50 AM

    moneyzo says:
    Jan 31, 2013 11:59 AM

    He should have know something was up when she refused to take his last name!
    ______________________________
    Let’s say you’re a doctor (albeit, studying to be a lawyer). Would you REALLY want to be called Dr. Toomer? :)

  199. bartlettruss says: Feb 2, 2013 3:26 AM

    Ray’s problem is that he’s just gotten two weeks in front of the camera. He’s a lot of fun in small doses. In large doses he’s exhausting. He seems to do a lot of good for the community and his team, but his basic assertion that they are winning because God loves him more than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady is problematic. I have trouble picturing Jesus doing the Ray Lewis dance.

    Ray is basically unrepentant in public, refusing to either explain either what happened that night in Atlanta or the content of his phone conversation with the guy hawking deer antler spray. Ray’s message seems to be that he is above all that because he is God’s chosen one. I’m sure God does love him, but I’m not at all sure God approves of his behavior. I’m no better than Ray, but at least I know that…

  200. scoobies05 says: Feb 2, 2013 7:39 AM

    to kpf1981. awesome post. you summed up the feelings of every true ravens fan and any fan with a shred of objectivity

  201. swagger52 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:30 AM

    Was Amani Tumor in the Giants Ravens Superbowl? I have watched the game 10 times, and I sure don’t remember seeing him.

  202. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 3, 2013 5:15 AM

    It was just a few, short years ago that Ravens fans voted Matt Stover their all-time favorite player. Now, suddenly, “Pray Ray” walks on water. You people should’ve stuck with Stover.

  203. bigghugg says: Feb 4, 2013 8:25 AM

    Using Amani’s logic there are no mean of God. We all fall short, no single person is perfect and there is no different levels of sin in the eyes of God. Stealing a pack of Game is the same as Murder to God. In fact judging is a sin, which is what Amani and several of you are doing. Let him without sin throw the first stone, there should be no stones being lobbed. None of us were there when the Murders took place and no not what happened, though it doesn’t stop you from acting as if you do. Whatever he has done or hasn’t done, the man he is now is inspirational and doing a good work. So I hope all of you are blessed and walking in your Godly purpose, and do not let the devil make you think that your transgression make you any less to God, he can still use you.

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