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ESPN announces Ray Lewis hire

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On Tuesday, the Ravens lost multiple key players.

On Wednesday, ESPN officially trotted out former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis as an employee, to talk about the players the Ravens have lost.

The hire officially has been announced, and he’s already on air talking about how the Ravens will proceed without him and Anquan Boldin and Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe.

But forget about objectivity from Ray when it comes to the Ravens.  “It’s not as if I’m not gonna be around that program, to always be around to help them in whatever way I can,” Lewis said on the air moments ago.

He’ll specifically be around ESPN on Monday nights during football season.  Lewis, per ESPN, will join the on-site desk, with Stuart Scott, Steve Young, and Trent Dilfer.

Lewis also will make appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown, contribute once per week to ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, and Lewis will “have the opportunity to host specials similar to Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series.”

The arrangement is good news for Cris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson.  It was believed that, with Lewis and possibly Tony Gonzalez joining ESPN as full-time Sunday contributors, the C+Key Music Factory would be shown the door.

It also means that Lewis will be able to attend most if not all of his son’s games at the University of Miami on Saturdays, and then to head to the site of the Monday night game.

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  1. fuglyflorio says: Mar 13, 2013 10:14 AM

    He’s really going to kill it in the ratings.

  2. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 10:16 AM

    If ESPN has any humor whats so ever, they will pair Lewis and Skip Bayless on the same set for a show.

  3. sguy2130 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:16 AM

    In a completely unrelated story, ESPN has announced that employees are no longer permitted to bring steak or butter knives into work.

  4. poridge1214 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:17 AM

    Adding a double-murderer to your crew kinda takes any legitimacy away from stories you’ll run about players behaving badly.

  5. nananatman says: Mar 13, 2013 10:18 AM

    So all I have to do is avoid ESPN on murder pants Monday? K. I can do that.

  6. db105 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:21 AM

    All the reason I don’t watch espn anymore.

  7. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2013 10:21 AM

    Sacrifice two bodies to celebrate?

  8. Uncle Charlie says: Mar 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    One more reason to ignore ESPN.

  9. vienners says: Mar 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    Great job MNF Team. You can claim that you have worked with double murderer!

  10. theralph2012 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    that collective clicking sound you hear is every American changing the channel away from ESPN

  11. amaf21 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:23 AM

    Classy hire by a classy org. Not.

  12. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:24 AM

    So Lewis officially joins Chris Brown, Mike Tyson, and Michael Vick in the “I don’t care what he’s done in the past we’re gonna shove him down your throat until you accept him back” grouping.
    Lucky us.

  13. hartleechung says: Mar 13, 2013 10:35 AM

    Wouldn’t it be great if he showed up in his white suit?

    A positive is maybe he can take out Mike Greenberg.

  14. ham1 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:39 AM

    That fool cannot even recite the alphabet coherently.
    ESPN is foolish for hiring this idiot.

  15. likeaboss302 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    I get really tired of all the hate around Ray. Yes the guy was involved in withholding information about his friends in a murder trial. Which those friends where found innocent of murder anyways. Keep in mind the men killed weren’t exactly Boy Scouts. Anyone that takes time to research the case knows the State’s case was weak and it was a DA’s office looking for high profile publicity.

    Since then Ray Lewis has not been a perfect man but we’ve never seen him get into any other criminal issues. He’s inspired other players to be better and learn from his mistakes. Should he always be haunted by ATL when he’s done so much good for the betterment of others?

    Sometimes you got to get over it and let the hate go away.

  16. runtheball says: Mar 13, 2013 10:42 AM

    Why do they continue to hire incoherent former players who struggle with the English language?

  17. baily67 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    glad I watch the NFL channel, I will NEVER keep the tv on if Ray Lewis is on.

  18. mannyiac says: Mar 13, 2013 10:47 AM

    He’s going to take a stab at broadcasting now

  19. eagleaniac says: Mar 13, 2013 10:48 AM

    The only time I’ll watch ESPN anymore is if there is no other choice for the program I want to watch and when possible I’ll use a radio feed for audio.

  20. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 13, 2013 10:48 AM

    ..nice to see him taking a stab at a new career…

  21. dcviking says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    In an unrelated note, ESPN also announced Ginsu had just signed a sponsorship deal…

  22. jayc0478 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:52 AM

    Tell the families of the dead to get over it. All of the “good” he has done does not make up for what happened that night.

  23. skiiins4life21 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:52 AM

    Great ESPN! Maybe they could contract Ray Carruth out and have a show called the Ray Ray Show. It could be a show about how and how not to be convicted of murder.

  24. acuraf12 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:53 AM

    On a related note, ESPN’s new uniform will henceforth be a white suit with a splash of red.

  25. haterade999 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:53 AM

    Oh look. The do-gooders are out in force again.

    Marvel at their perfection. They are so smart and brave.

    Man, you people must really have issues in your own life to take so many stabs at Ray…

    Wait… Meh, whatever… 52 is HOF bound.

  26. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    Lol at all the “Lewis is a murderer” Jibberish Y’all sound real retarded..and I know 90% is from SteelerNation. You Homers know if we signd Lewis instead of The Ratbirds he’d be “The best MLB Ever” and trust me..Lewis didn’t just go up to 2 RANDOM dudes and kill um..Infact he didn’t kill nobody with his OWN hands..So just like Ratbird fans always tryna blame Ben for a “Rape” that didn’t happen..y’all sound just as REDICULOUS tryna blame this dude for murders he didn’t commit.

  27. gochargersgo says: Mar 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    For his next double murder I nominate Skip Baseless and Colin Cowturd.

  28. tgifcarterthefourththefifth says: Mar 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    Get over the double-murder BS and learn the facts about the case and grow up.

  29. lou2730 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:56 AM

    Wow RayRay…judging by the comments here, I’d say you’re really gonna make a splash at ESPN. I didn’t think MNF with Dr. Eyeball and company could get any worse but I stand corrected!

  30. ajgreenshands says: Mar 13, 2013 10:58 AM

    tgifcarterthefourththefifth says: Mar 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    Get over the double-murder BS and learn the facts about the case and grow up.


    you mean the facts that he hid, destroyed, and covered up evidence, then bought his way to a lesser charge?

  31. brassknuckles47 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    Pair him and OJ Simpson together on the ‘Sports Talk’ show. They could compair notes…..

  32. bradygirl12 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:02 AM

    If only OJ wasn’t in jail,ESPN could bring him on board. That would make 2 murderers involved with MNF. Sorry,but I think they are both guilty. What little respect I had left for ESPN is gone. They are making the NFL Network look good.

  33. leggett17 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:02 AM

    He should wear the elusive, bloody, white suit he wore the night he stabbed his homeboys to death, on the first MNF broadcast. ESPN might also want to run some kind of close captioning that translates his hyperbole to some sort of reasonable human language.

  34. 15to12 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:03 AM

    Hire OJ and Mike Vick too. Maybe über talented cold blooded killers would have better insight than the usual washouts and awkward dorks they usually hire.

  35. bluenose1965 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    Man, i’d kill for that job. (allegedly)

  36. cptkickurass says: Mar 13, 2013 11:08 AM

    I bet he’ll be a sharp dresser

  37. ampats says: Mar 13, 2013 11:11 AM

    Well said likeaboss302 coming from a Patriots fan. Most of these comments posted are written by people who were still in high school when this happened in 2000.

  38. deltachi8 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:11 AM

    Yet another reason not to watch that tire fire of a network

  39. dvdman123 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:11 AM

    How many times does he have to cry on the air as part of his contract with ESPN?

  40. db105 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    @ likeaboss302
    Yeah. Everyone should be given a free pass. Imagine a society like that? Oh wait. That’s what we have here in America.

  41. browns16 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    I wonder if ray ray got this hire by stabbing a few ESPN analyst’s to clear some space.

  42. mrphelps01 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    Putting Lewis in the on-the-field crew of the NFL’s weekly marquee match up is ESPN’s biggest mistake since they hired Rush Limbaugh.

  43. philly4lyfe says: Mar 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    I can’t stand jon gruden on MNF. ill never understand why they removed jaws who actually had insightful commentary to make about every play as opposed to gruden who compared everyone to former HOF’ers after making one good play. rhe addition of Dbag Lewis just gives me one more reason to avoid that broadcast like the plague.

  44. steel6curtain says: Mar 13, 2013 11:56 AM

    only two ravens I respect….reed and lewis. good luck to you ray. although I do think hes somewhat of a blowhard and plays it up big time for the camera. I wonder if he will be able to have a camera looking at him without breaking down into tears or his over the top praying for the first few weeks

  45. mudhead123 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:50 PM


  46. likeaboss302 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:02 PM


    How did he get a free pass? Have you actually taken time to research the facts around the case. I’m all for people being held accountable and he was as part of his deal with the State’s Attorney. He’s moved on with his life and done a lot of good since. Should he forever be banished to some island? I’d be all over him if he continued a life a trouble but he hasn’t. I think some people just want to pretend like the good hasn’t happened. I like to judge the entire body of work to date.

  47. 13arod says: Mar 13, 2013 2:50 PM

    Hopefully he will be an anchor

  48. melikefootball says: Mar 13, 2013 3:09 PM

    ESPN has lost all it creditability and just makes it easier to change the station.

  49. jintzforever says: Mar 13, 2013 3:17 PM

    Thanks for yet another reason for the mute button. Headphones on, music cranking, game playing silently…… is good.

  50. Canyonero says: Mar 13, 2013 10:27 PM

    Wonder if it’s in his contract that all cameras must point up at him from his ankles

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