Ray Lewis is “hurt” by Odell Beckham, but it’s still not clear why

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Jamie Horowitz’s vision for FS1 has come to fruition. And that’s not a compliment.

A day after Ray Lewis made headlines by saying on FS1’s afternoon programming, well, something about Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Lewis appeared on one of the FS1 morning shows to say more of the same about Beckham.

On Undisputed, Lewis filibustered for more than six minutes about his efforts to mentor a wide swath of misguided young people. Maybe 20 seconds of nearly 400 referred to Beckham, with the message being simply that Lewis is hurt. Yes, he’s hurt. He’s hurt because Beckham isn’t willing to listen to everything Lewis has to say, and to do whatever Lewis may be telling him to do.

Watch the clip (after all, that’s what they want). And then try to make sense of it. I’ll bet you can’t.

It only makes sense if this is the premise: It’s all about Ray. And Ray continues to be hurt because, apparently, Beckham won’t let Ray make Beckham’s story about Ray, by moving into Ray’s basement for six months or doing whatever Ray thinks Beckham needs to do to undisrupt his foundation, a foundation that Beckham claims is fine.

Before Ray’s monologue, daywalking Nosferatu Skip Bayless threw together an entire word salad bar aimed at linking Beckham to Johnny Manziel. Maybe others know more about Beckham than we do, but there’s a huge difference between Beckham and Manziel, starting with the fact that Manziel has been arrested for domestic violence and has dealt with addiction issues that resulted more than three years ago in more than 10 weeks in rehab, and more than two years ago a public plea from his father that Manziel’s life hangs in the balance. Then there’s the fact that Manziel never did much of anything in the NFL, and Beckham has performed consistently at a very high level, until the moment his leg snapped last season.

But, hey, it’s good for business to generally vilify Beckham without evidence, and to keep painting him blindly with a broad brush of shame that he doesn’t deserve. Because debate must be embraced even when there’s nothing to really debate, other than the question of why in the hell is there even a debate?

As FOX deepens its relationship with the NFL, demonizing one of its stars with absolutely no proof that he has sprouted a pair of horns seems odd, gratuitous, and counterproductive. But, hey, keep watching FS1 to see whatever nonsense Ray Lewis or anyone else will be spewing about a kid who’s simply trying to get paid without taking any further physical risks, and who has the audacity to periodically enjoy the celebrity that comes from being one of the best players in pro football.

30 responses to “Ray Lewis is “hurt” by Odell Beckham, but it’s still not clear why

  1. Would Lewis commit to some old guy shoving “listen to me, and only me” words up his backside when he was in his early 20s? Very, very doubtful. Get over yourself, Ray, you aren’t the leader you always thought you were. Go protect your lawn like the rest of us.

  2. I made it about 15 seconds through that video. All I could take. Waterboarding ain’t got nothing on that.

  3. Maybe Ray is just jumping on a current big name and storyline to remain relevant and hurt because it doesn’t seem to be painting him as anything but a media hound? Just a thought.

  4. OBJ’s exasperating behavior is kid’s stuff compared to Ray Lewis who is borderline evil. Atlanta aside, Lewis’s bragging, strutting and claims that God and Jesus think Ray is the greatest therefore he is above reproach are about as un-Christian as possible. Lewis should embrace the humility and repentance mandated by that religion if he wants to walk his talk.

  5. What a God complex. Even Skip looked like he was bored by the whole thing. And Shannon kept looking at the camera as if he was being held hostage and wanted to get a secret message out to come save him.

    And God does not answer your prayers. Because every night I pray God will shut this fool up. And he doesn’t.

  6. It’s amazing how much 52 can ‘blather-on’ and say absolutely nothing. He likes the sound of his own voice and mistakenly thinks everyone else likes it too.

  7. People frequently seek to give unrequested advice and mentorship to others as a means of self-validation. This phenomenon isn’t always at play, but when it is, what seems like a helping hand on the surface is merely a self-serving way for the advice-giver to make him or herself feel important. Or to inject him or herself into the narrative. Or both.

    Ray Lewis—an athlete beloved in Baltimore but virtually nowhere else—is likely becoming more sensitive to the general public’s lack of reverence for him as his football career draws further and further into the rearview mirror. And he’s now desperately trying to stay Important (with a capital “i”) by using the abovementioned method to make himself a crucial part of Beckham’s “rehabilitation” in the public eye.

    Props to Florio for spotting this. And props to Beckham for blazing his own trail. He’ll be just fine.

  8. Ray, I understate and am glad that you found the “Lord! But, please you were a killer! If you are saved confess your sins. Tell the truth about the men you killed…… And if you are concerned about OBJ pray for him in your closet and not gossip about him on TV… Because that makes you a hypocrite!

  9. Ray Lewis is a murder! Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens is charged with fatally stabbing two men near an Atlanta nightclub in 2000! The dude took two human lives! Ray Lewis should just go away!

  10. “demonizing one of its stars with absolutely no proof that he has sprouted a pair of horns seems odd, gratuitous, and counterproductive.”

    Hey Fox, only the commissioner is allowed to demonize NFL stars with absolutely no proof.

  11. “But, hey, it’s good for business to generally vilify Beckham without evidence, and to keep painting him blindly with a broad brush of shame that he doesn’t deserve.”

    Really? Obj hasnt been arrested but his documented actions justify criticising him.

  12. FinFan68 says:

    April 10, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    If you think he doesn’t make sense now, just wait until that HoF induction speech.

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    Oh God, no. They will have to extend the HOF Induction ceremony by three hours just to accommodate Lewis’ speech and preaching. Should be good comedy, for the first minute or so.

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