Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis was fined $5,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis wide receiver Austin Collie during the Ravens’ season-ending loss to the Colts. When asked about that fine, Lewis didn’t hold back.
“For people who really enjoy the game of football, and who play the game the way I play the game, I look at that as being kind of embarrassing,” Lewis said on ESPNews.
And Lewis then made clear that he doesn’t mean he’s embarrassed at having been fined — he thinks the league office should be embarrassed for handing out a fine for what he believes was a clean hit.
“If I just went at him directly with my helmet, I’d understand that,” Lewis said. “But you’re talking about a man who’s been playing this game for over 14 years, who respects the game to the utmost, and who never leads with his head first and foremost. I hit him with my shoulder pad, I knew I hit him with my shoulder pad. So for them to fine me, I’m a little disappointed.”