Ray Lewis offers his views on the Peyton Manning HGH allegations

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Last night, when NBC discussed the HGH allegations made recently against Peyton Manning, Rodney Harrison of Football Night in America gave raw, compelling remarks about his own experience with the substance. On Monday night, ESPN employed a similar tactic with Ray Lewis.

In the days preceding Super Bowl XLVII, a report emerged in Sports Illustrated linking Ray Lewis to the use of deer antler spray during recovery from a torn triceps muscle. The spray contains IGF-1, which is on the NFL’s list of banned substances.

So after playing a piece of Manning’s on-camera interview from Sunday with Lisa Salters and getting the latest from Chris Mortensen and reminding everyone that the guy who was recorded talking about Manning using HGH has recanted the story (in a chronically dismissive way that incorrectly links recanting with falsity), Suzy Kolber said this to Ray Lewis from the desk on the field at Mile High Stadium, where the Bengals play the Broncos on Monday night: “Ray, at the tail end of your career, there were accusations that you used performance enhancing drugs. What is the best way to go about handling something like this?”

The full response from Ray Lewis, directed to Kolber, Steve Young, and Trent Dilfer, appears below.

“First of all, I think my situation’s a little bit different because I said this was my last ride. And I’ve always been kind of one to pay attention to fiery darts. And so I think what people needs [sic] to understand — I understand Peyton’s frustration because legacies are sweat driven. And I’ll be durned [sic] if a liar or a coward will ever take away what me, myself, Steve Young, Peyton Manning has ever done in this game. Like, that’s the only sad part about this is that you let these people in, and then they run. This guy says all of this during my Super Bowl [week] and then you never hear from them again.

“But we give them access to what greatness really is, and greatness hurts. It hurts every freaking day. And it hurts worse when somebody tries to tell you that you cheated the game. I get Peyton, man, and from my perspective I’ve never done nothing like that and that’s what’s embarrassing that I did it for my teammates, man, and that’s what’s bothering Peyton right now is that for him to be trying to get back, bro, right? Do everything he can. And nobody knows what that takes. Nobody knows the sacrifices you leave your family. Nobody knows what you go through.”

It’s not entirely clear what Ray said, but he definitely didn’t answer the question regarding the “best way to go about handling something like this.” Which means that Lewis probably should have been asked a different question.

Which suggests that the planning and production for the entire segment was, to put it tactfully, less than ideal.

106 responses to “Ray Lewis offers his views on the Peyton Manning HGH allegations

  1. Read that ridiculous hash of random words, and realize; Ray Lewis gets PAID to speak. UN-freakin-believable.

  2. Anybody who thinks that Ray Lewis never used HGH is the same type of person who believes that Ray Lewis is completely innocent of any implication in the murder of two innocent men.

  3. Is that what he said? When I was watching around the 8 o’clock hour, I damn near couldn’t understand a thing he was saying. Why and how Ray Lewis has and keeps this job is amazing in itself. He’s just so insightful.

  4. I may not like Peyton Manning but I hate Ray Lewis far more. He used his religion to get out of a double murder and now gets paid to speak when hardly anyone knows what he is even saying hell his own teammates didn’t.

  5. Asking Ray Lewis about this is mildly amusing. They should have asked some former Broncos, like Bill Romanowski… I’m sure his perspective would have been more interesting!

  6. Ray Lewis was convicted of obstruction of justice in a murder case, that is fact. Other than Ray finally saying where he hid the white bloody suit who cares what he has to say, if you can understand him anyway.

  7. its in full production. analysis of the analysis…of the analysis of everyone and their sisters opinion. if someone blinks the wrong way it will be dissected. media is really a piece of work..

  8. I think I understand his flow. He is complaining about the media allowing easy, unsubstantiated shots at a legacy that he, and Peyton, sacrificed so much for. To me, he is also saying that he believes PED usage is a lot more nuanced. He seems to be saying that doing it to get back on the field to support your team, at all costs, is different than….. doing PED to get better stats?

  9. It sounds like Ray is saying that he doesn’t think he should have to deal with questions about his integrity because of what he sacrificed to play football at a high level.

    That’s a familiar tune to people who followed the murders of Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker, and still wonder what happened to Ray’s suit.

  10. I think Ray just said he believes whatever Peyton is going through is okay and he’s fine with it.

    But he thinks Tom Brady is definitely a cheater.

    And ESPN only hires quality, insightful analysts..

    And Halloween is on Dec. 31st…

    Please get some help Ray before you hurt someone…..

    Wait.. Nevermind…

  11. Ray Lewis’s point is that he gave his all to this game, just like Manning and Young did, and y’all better step off.

    Meanwhile, Manning and Young are thinking, “Please, Ray, don’t do me any favors.”

  12. and while we’re on the subject, how ’bout that double murder? Have you come up with an answer for that yet?

  13. I read Chris Mortensen looked deep into Gomer’s eyes, below that forehead, and he saw the truth.

    We can all sleep easy at night knowing Chris Mortensen is on the case.

    He’s an Edward R. Murrow Award winner afterall.

  14. “What people needs to understand” Lol….brain surgeon.

    He and Peyton are both cheats, plain and simple.

  15. papichulo55 says:

    I think I understand his flow. He is complaining about the media allowing easy, unsubstantiated shots at a legacy that he, and Peyton, sacrificed so much for. To me, he is also saying that he believes PED usage is a lot more nuanced. He seems to be saying that doing it to get back on the field to support your team, at all costs, is different than….. doing PED to get better stats?
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    I think you have it correct. The only thing I’d add is that he also seems to believe that you should feel honored to be his PED dealer because he’s allowing you (a lowly serf) to be in the presence of his royal greatness.

    Also, it appears he believes that his status means he shouldn’t have to tolerate serfs questioning him about rule/law violations he considers justifiable.

    I’m surprised he doesn’t refer to himself using the royal “We.”

  16. Lifelong ravens fan here and obviously a huge fan of Ray’s career. That said, he cannot articulate a point or speak coherently. If espn used him to analyze defenses and explain certain schemes and coverages that would be awesome. Instead they ask him to speak on generalities of the game and it just comes out horribly.

  17. papichulo55 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:59 PM
    I think I understand his flow. He is complaining about the media allowing easy, unsubstantiated shots at a legacy that he, and Peyton, sacrificed so much for. To me, he is also saying that he believes PED usage is a lot more nuanced. He seems to be saying that doing it to get back on the field to support your team, at all costs, is different than….. doing PED to get better stats?

    Wow, you should work as a translator for the United Nations. Amazing.

  18. He spent 3% of his statement saying he didn’t do it. Then he spent the other 97% explaining that he did do it but we just don’t understand why he, Payton, and the rest of them are justified because we don’t understand what it takes to be great like them.

    It’s funny how we perceive things. I keep hearing that this guy “recanted” his accusations yet all I read is him saying that he’s “recanting” because he didn’t realize he was being secretly recorded. If he really didn’t have any reasoning for bringing these players into this then it’s odd that he pulls somewhat obscure names like Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman out of thin air. Why pick those two players specifically if he’s just making it up spontaneously?

  19. The guy also accuses Peyton Mannings wife of accepting these items in her name. Then I read Peytons quotes and he says the accusations that HE used this stuff is ridiculous his wife’s medical history has been violated. He never says she didn’t receive the stuff, just that her privacy has been violated.

  20. It’s easy to read between the lines in what Ray is saying: I bent the rules to get better faster, so I could be out there with my guys, sacrificing our bodies and lives for the glory in this game. I think Peyton might have, too. What I/we did is impossible to keep a deep freeze secret, and eventually some parasite colludes with TMZ, etc. to smear us at the most opportune moment.

    I used to hate Ray for walking on a murder (I did time, and you can never help but notice the guys that beat what should have put them down – it’s self pity though, really).

    I respect Ray a little more now, and I don’t give two ships if he (and Peyton, for that matter) tried to get better with a (prohibited) quickness. The guys wreck their bodies to entertain you. Get off their backs. You will still be able to move without pain when you’re 45.

  21. What is wrong with ESPN. Are they afraid to fire this guy? I get respecting this guy despite all we know but if this was football you’d be gone. There’s no one better out there? These are plum jobs!

  22. wdcskins says:
    Dec 28, 2015 10:17 PM

    It’s easy to read between the lines in what Ray is saying: I bent the rules to get better faster, so I could be out there with my guys, sacrificing our bodies and lives for the glory in this game. I think Peyton might have, too. What I/we did is impossible to keep a deep freeze secret, and eventually some parasite colludes with TMZ, etc. to smear us at the most opportune moment.

    I used to hate Ray for walking on a murder (I did time, and you can never help but notice the guys that beat what should have put them down – it’s self pity though, really).

    I respect Ray a little more now, and I don’t give two ships if he (and Peyton, for that matter) tried to get better with a (prohibited) quickness. The guys wreck their bodies to entertain you. Get off their backs. You will still be able to move without pain when you’re 45

    I didn’t cheat or murder or make millions or get a cake job that I’m not qualified for but I have been in pain since before I was 45. Immaorry but did someone forget to tell ray about football?

  23. the interesting aspect here is that if pey tone is innocent, he would sue for 100 million for defamation and slander. but if he isn’t innocent, suing will expose him big time via the pre-trial discovery process.

    so one might say if pey tone is innocent, a lawsuit will come. but if he isn’t, he won’t sue and will simply badmouth the allegations.

    so come on pey tone, show us those rebel cajones and sue. coward.

    al Jazeera is certainly rolling the dice. they seek to become a top tier, legitimate news company, in the same breath as cnn, fox, etc. and this just might do it. but I don’t think they ever need to bid for nfl games after this…

  24. Wow, PFT allows people to call Ray Lewis a murderer on here but doesn’t post the facts. Never was “convicted” of anything. Took a plea deal to end the ridiculousness that was the Atlanta law enforcement and states attorney. This allowed the SA to save some face. In fact, nobody was convicted of anything. Get the facts people. Jail?! He never should have been held at all.

  25. Every time these Monday night shows are on the air I love to watch Steve Young’s facial expressions while Ray talks. It’s like “how am I on the same show with this guy?” And yea, there’s a freaking statue of this guy in Baltimore. Stay classy Baltimore.

  26. “I get Peyton, man, and from my perspective I’ve never done nothing like that and that’s what’s embarrassing that I did it for my teammates”

    I found a verse in this book that aptly describes Mr. Lewis:

    “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

    ~John 8:44

  27. “and as far as that white suit, I had a vision and I went to,well, lets just say, you know, in fact I thought that it really, uh, that’s not to say that, people are going to, it really is , and the lord Jesus… hey, that’s all I got to say about that… and I’ve said it before”

  28. Ray is so used to deflecting direct questions that he’s used to this by now. Perhaps she should have asked him about the missing suit…

  29. “It’s not entirely clear what Ray said…

    The understatement of the century.

    U of Miami should be embarrassed if this guy has a degree….

  30. the expressions on the 3 people sitting next to him and the fact that not one of them had a word to say about whatever he was saying pretty much tells you all you need to know about Ray Lewis credibility and how he is viewed by his co-workers

  31. Has there ever been a bigger babbling idiot on TV than Ray Lewis?

    Does anyone understand half the words that come out of his mouth?

    Half the things he says don’t make sense.

    Be a good athlete and it doesn’t matter how stupid you are ESPN will put you on TV

  32. I think someone substituted formaldehyde for his deer antler spray. Or maybe he was just always that stupid….

  33. LOL at the angry bitter fans still talking about the Atlanta homicides. Uh…there was a trial and the accused murderers were found not guilty. That means there were NO MURDERS, goofballs.

    Ray testified for the prosecution after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. Seriously doubt a prosecutor is going to give a double murderer such a cushy plea deal, then allow him to lie on the stand and destroy the case.

    What Ray is guilty of is accepting responsibility and then going out and winning two Superbowls. I know at least one person who won two Superbowls who did little more than pump his victims full of hush $$$.

  34. Which suggests that the planning and production for the entire segment was, to put it tactfully, less than ideal.

    Physician…thyself…

  35. Two things Ray “The Murderer” Lewis does know something about from personal experience. “Liars and Cowards”.

  36. ESPN in full-on spin mode. Yet again. Why anyone in their right mind takes these front-running, water-carrying frauds seriously is beyond me, but they continue to drive whatever narrative Roger the Dunce wants out there.

  37. bbwasright says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:41 PM
    Asking Ray Lewis about this is mildly amusing. They should have asked some former Broncos, like Bill Romanowski… I’m sure his perspective would have been more interesting!
    _______________

    More intelligible definitely but more interesting? We have people here trying to interpret what the heck he said, can’t say that isn’t ‘interesting’.

    Only bspn would continue trotting that unintelligible self promoter out there week after week during their showcase broadcast. Agree with previous poster, the only redeeming part of Ray Ray being there is Young’s reactions

  38. Why shouldn’t there be a statue in Baltimore of Ray Lewis? Easily one of the top 3 middle linebackers in the history of the NFL. Sure he gets a little preachy sometimes, but he’s one of the best ever. Jealousy is so ugly, none of you wear it well.

  39. Lewis was a HOF player, but again reveals himself as a colossal blowhard. The way he portrays the training professional athletes go through as something “no one else can understand” and that they sacrifice time with their family as being the sole burden of professional athletes is laughable. What about soliders deployed abroad? The doctors and nurses who work 24 hours shifts on holidays and who spent hundreds of hours studying and in class to obtain their degrees? And the many other professions that require lots of dedication and sacrifice to excel at? You’re not the only one, Ray, open your mind up a bit.

  40. Hypobaric chamber, or HGH – what the hell is the difference when it comes to making a person healthy again. First off the NFL is two face when it comes to drug testing. These guys should all be peeing in a cup aka the Olympics after big games. I bet a whole bunch of people would test positive for quick twitch drugs – Sudafed et al. I dont believe in the use of HGH and other steroids for building up one’s body – but this game is rough on individuals and using whatever medicinal wonders are available for fixing injuries should be overlooked. And you cant tell me that Ray Lewis came back so fast from that torn pec with simple rest and physio when it is usually a year long recovery.

  41. Completely agree with vedderman8. Ray is a “blowhard” and loves to hear himself talk. I just get tired of hearing the “murderer” thing when any person with a brain knows that he’s not. If he was he would have stayed in jail where they had him back in 2000. They soon realized he had nothing to do with it so had to save face somehow with the obstruction plea deal.

  42. What Ray is guilty of is accepting responsibility and then going out and winning two Superbowls. I know at least one person who won two Superbowls who did little more than pump his victims full of hush $$$.

    Why do Ray Lewis supporters try to divert attention from his crime by making unsupported accusations about another player. Could it be there belief is a little shaky or are they afraid a white suit may reappear.

    Letting Ray Lewis comment about the transgression of anyone else is like asking the devil to be honest…it’s a mockery!

  43. *Manning *colts *broncos *packers*steelers. NFL should investigate. At least a year and 8 million. Conclude guilt even with no evidence. Take away draft picks. Leak lies. And suspend them all.

  44. The looks on the faces of Steve Young and Trent Dilfer while Lewis was “answering” Suzy Kolber’s questions were priceless. Between letting Ray Lewis be a part of the MNF crew and the show First Take,it’s obvious ESPN knows that trainwrecks = more viewers.

  45. A bunch of incoherent nonsensical drivel from Ray Lewis?. Wow, shocker there! ESPN giving credence to the HGH story to get ratings, double surprise!! And now it turns out the accuser made it all up and never worked there when Manning was a patient? Perhaps the source of the crap story — Al Jazeera — should be questioned first before everyone spouts off ignorant opinions. Journalistic integrity and accuracy is a lost talent. ESPN is all about the money; sad, very sad.

  46. With all due respect, it is difficult to fathom that Lewis is on national TV doing commentary on NFL xmas and players A most horrid past of basically escaping a murder wrap is nothing to sneer at. Then add in that the guy is basically illiterate. He command of the English language is not something to dismiss lightly. It is like the bar was lowered to the floor to get him on air. Now these morons at PTI seek him out for further commentary on Manning. My guess is that PTI knows Lewis will stick his foot in his mouth adding more drama to a nothing story. Lets was a great football player and nothing more. Shame on all of you.

  47. I respect Ray a little more now, and I don’t give two ships if he (and Peyton, for that matter) tried to get better with a (prohibited) quickness. The guys wreck their bodies to entertain you. Get off their backs. You will still be able to move without pain when you’re 45.’

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    Why is everyone down-voting this guy? I’m a Pat’s fan, but I feel sad to see Peyton go through what Brady went through – well, except the biased-against media, the NFL’s slanted investigation, the rigged appeal, Goodell’s incessant lies and (especially) the confiscated draft draft picks.

    Still, Lewis kinda-sorta admitted to using an illegal substance, so there’s that. Also, the OP admitted he didn’t like to see him get off the double-murder, but was willing to still cut him some slack. We should all be so enlightened.

  48. All Ray is saying is that the legal burden is “more probable than not, which equates to a preponderance of the evidence”… that Payton only needs to be “broadly aware” of team mates’ wrong doing. Ray is saying that if Godell likes Payton, he is free and if he doesn’t like him, he goes to NFL prison. Ray says that evidence is a legal concept that has no place the NFL because it is not part of the CBA. Pretty straight forward.

  49. Ray Lewis should be in jail. He talks in circles like a mentally handicapped politician. He is the father of lies like Satan as discussed in John 8:44.

    I can see Steve Young’s look of disgust every time this moron, Ray Lewis opens his mouth. He is murderer and a liar. Asking Lewis about Peyton is the pot calling the kettle black. scandaleux.

  50. annapterp says:
    Dec 29, 2015 9:19 AM

    Why shouldn’t there be a statue in Baltimore of Ray Lewis? Easily one of the top 3 middle linebackers in the history of the NFL. Sure he gets a little preachy sometimes, but he’s one of the best ever. Jealousy is so ugly, none of you wear it well.
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    The pigeons love that statue…

  51. How has the befuddled knuckle dragging, knife wielding dumbo gotten this far? You don’t do a plea bargain unless you were involved in something, murder, you want to get out of
    ..amazing how he managed to get the MNF gig, he stands there looks like a hoodlum, mumbles some words and all is good? WTH…and now this, bet he thinks he’s a “man” of many words, not so much…shouldn’t open his mouth only backs up what most are thinking…a zero…

  52. papichulo55 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:59 PM

    I think I understand his flow. He is complaining about the media allowing easy, unsubstantiated shots at a legacy that he, and Peyton, sacrificed so much for. To me, he is also saying that he believes PED usage is a lot more nuanced. He seems to be saying that doing it to get back on the field to support your team, at all costs, is different than….. doing PED to get better stats?

    See this guy got it. The rest of you turds didn’t

  53. Ray’s got a walk-in closet full of really nifty designer hats. That’s all you need to know.

    And to “DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters” I say this:

    “Taketh thy scripture quotes and putteth them where the sun don’t shine”.

    ~Doug 11:55 (EDT, my man)

  54. To understand Lewis you have to think like a half brain and have some experience with jive and ebonics.

    Basically what Lewis is saying is that – Yes – he did do deer antler and that Manning may have done HGH but that he shouldn’t admit it.

    Properly translated, he also admitted to killing a person and that he paid others to stay quiet. Its all there, you just have to understand the language.

  55. People are so ignorant to facts. Ray Lewis did not and never admitted to killing anyone. If he had he would be in jail. They had him in jail, and he was let out because they had nothing on him and knew he didn’t do anything. But I guess its fun for some to throw the “murder” thing out there for their own amusement….sad really.

  56. This sounds like everything Lewis has ever said. An attempt to sound tough, noble, inspirational, etc, but ultimately, they’re just empty words with no meaning behind them. Probably the biggest phony in all of sports.

  57. I don’t speak “Mish-Mash” -pick-a-bag-of-bones, I simply have no CLUE what Ray was talking about but I do know that I got a headache from trying to interpret his comments……………….”yikes”.

  58. This guy makes Shannon Sharpe seem highly intelligent.

    So what he basically is saying is…yes we used performance enhancing drugs, but for our team, for our team mates…and the people who we let deliver those drugs should be ashamed that they ratted us legends out. And that no one understands how tough it is to work 20 hours a week 24 weeks a year.

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