Ray Lewis isn’t on the Ravens payroll

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The combination of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s offer to give former running back Ray Rice a job and the awkward, clumsy, and ironic commentary from former linebacker Ray Lewis regarding the lingering controversy has caused some to wonder whether the Ravens are still paying Lewis, either as consultant or in some other capacity.

That’s not the case, according to the Ravens.

“We do not pay him and he is not an advisor to us,” the team said.

It’s not uncommon for folks paid to talk about football to have other relationships that, in theory, could undermine the credibility of their on-air remarks.  Some networks allow those relationships, without making any disclosure.  Others demand a disclosure.  Others refuse to allow on-air analysts to consult with specific teams.

In this case, it doesn’t matter, given that Lewis has no current financial relationship with the Ravens.

Of course, that’s doesn’t change the obvious bias Lewis has for the team that recently unveiled a statue of the future Hall of Famer.  Which should prompt ESPN to keep Lewis away from offering any analysis about the team’s current struggles.

Then there’s his personal history of off-field issues.  Can anyone listen to Lewis talk about the team’s response to criminal activity by a player without constantly considering the fact that the Ravens blindly and loudly supported Lewis after he pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in a murder case?

There’s some things you can cover up,” Lewis said Sunday about the Rice situation.  “And then there’s some things you can’t.  This is a sad day for me because the reputation I left in this organization, this isn’t it.”

It’s a sad day for ESPN any day that Ray Lewis is trotted out to talk about anything relating to the Ray Rice situation.  And that has happened all too often since the elevator video was released.

71 responses to “Ray Lewis isn’t on the Ravens payroll

  1. I just don’t understand why ESPN thinks anyone cares what Ray Ray has to say. Great player but he is almost Emmitt Smith level bad on television. Being good at locker room speeches isn’t the same as being a good public speaker.

  2. I saw ditka the other day and asked him about the comments from Lewis, carter, and Keshawn regarding the Rice and AP. He stopped short of saying they are hypocrites but agreed with me when I said they are indeed hypocrites.
    He also mentioned he’s quitting ESPN after this season because it’s “gotten to be too much”. I didn’t have the opportunity to ask if he was referring to travel or the atmosphere at ESPN.

  3. Ray Lewis is such an idiot. To say that he left the organization with a better reputation. Puhlease. Your reputation was a cover up for a murder. This is nowhere near as bad as what you did and they enshrined you. Now if only we had video evidence of you assisting in a murder. We could drag that statue down Saddam Hussein style. Someone needs to muzzle this clown

  4. Ray Lewis was the last the last nail in the coffin for me when it comes to ESPN. Even before the Ray Rice stuff happened it seemed like a bad idea, but then the Ray rice stuff hit and they let him go on how “these guys need to get their act together” rant and I could hardly believe no one was cutting his mic off. Beyond all of that, he’s just not good on camera. He seems lost at times and doesn’t seem to know where’s he’s going with his words most of the time.

    Not to mention Keyshawn Johnson and how he said we can’t assume anything even after seeing the Ray Rice video because Keyshawn himself was wrongly accused of domestic violence.

    I have no idea what ESPN is thinking about letting these guys get on their soapbox and talk to us like they’re above all of this.

  5. Agreed. He’s horrible on TV.

    The Sunday morning discussion of the Adrian Peterson case was particularly pathetic. It was pretty much, “I got beat as a little kid and look how great I turned out!” Ugh. Yeah, Ray, we’re looking.

  6. Ah the good old Ray Lewis whining from the public. Don’t let the facts of his total exoneration stand in the way of some old-fashioned whining about the Ravens.

    by the way, how much does it hurt to know that he won a ring in his final year, which served as a glorification of his greatness?

  7. Force a sale and move the team to Oklahoma City. It is the only proper course of action. Make the Ravens the face of criminality in the NFL and leave this scar in NFL history in Baltimore where it belongs. Completely wipe them from the NFL’s history books. Make them the example and send every team the message: you are the ones fully responsible for the off-field actions of your employees. Sharpen your pitchforks and light your torches. This ends here.

  8. They just put up a statue of him. He doesn’t have to be on the payroll to be Raven supporter. Ray Lewis is the luckiest man on the planet… Atlanta PD failed, the NFL failed, and now ESPN fails to see what type of person this “man” is… ESPN is a joke.

  9. I Lewis isn’t being paid by the Ravens, then he might want to go clean that missing bloody suit out of his locker.

  10. “It’s a sad day for ESPN any day that Ray Lewis is trotted out to talk about anything relating to the Ray Rice situation. And that has happened all too often since the elevator video was released.”

    Bingo Mike!

    But in all fairness, Rae Carruth, Aaron Hernandez, and O.J. weren’t available to comment on camera.

  11. “It’s not uncommon for folks paid to talk about football to have other relationships that, in theory, could undermine the credibility of their on-air remarks. ”

    *********

    Hmmmm….Does the fact you played your entire career with the team in question, and that team also supported you during your murder trial have anything to do with Ray’s remarks?

    Does a bear….

  12. I understand he is a big name. But how did he ever get an on air job.

    He may be the most incoherent speaker on the planet.

  13. He does have a high opinion of himself doesnt he (“when i was there”. Please).. so fresh when he made that comment about Ray R.. He is just a wolf in sheeps clothing..

    On another note, the few occasions where i have turned on ESPN to watch highlights (remember they used to do that a lot), it is utter garbage. Too many stupid talking heads stumbling and bumbling over themselves.

  14. Did anyone else notice the “rough patch” that Ray Ray has going on in the back of his head? Time for some plugs playa!

  15. That man has no business doing anything other than keeping quiet and humbled by the fact that he got away with murder.

  16. Heads up NFL fans: if you accuse a team (or the entire NFL) of being made up of criminals, you’re letting Roger Goodell manipulate you. The NFL crime rate is 13% of the general population crime rate, but Goodell wants you to have an overly negative perception so that the owners win the PR battle around collective bargaining. I don’t know why more people don’t realize this.

  17. Asking Ray Lewis to comment about anything related to the Ravens is like asking anyone at FOX Noise to comment on anything related to Bush. He’s in the tank for his old team and is not credible on anything he says related to the Ravens. ESPN should get a clue about this.

  18. Ray Lewis is a complete moron and I have to admit I actually can use the term “LOL” to describe my response for the first time in my life.

    What also kills me, no pun intended, is how ESPN has handled this entire thing. Back when Rush was fired for claiming that the media was racist, Tom Jackson came on the news the next day and made a statement about how ESPN will not talk politics or social agendas on their pre-game shows. This ENTIRE season that is all they have done with this Ray Rice stuff. Agree with Rush or not, it’s truly sad to see how hypocritical ESPN is and if you haven’t already turned them off, I suggest considering doing so.

  19. I’m just gonna watch ESPN2’s fantasy football show for my pregame needs. at least then I’ll get a break from the 45 minutes of Ray Rice coverage per hour, and get to see some white folks on my tv.

  20. “There’s some things you can cover up,” Lewis said Sunday about the Rice situation. “And then there’s some things you can’t.”

    Which side of the line does that night after the superbowl fall under Ray? None of us have ever seen or heard about what happened to the suit you were wearing…..

  21. Remember when ESPN was brilliant for their around the clock coverage of sporting events? Curling, cricket, rugby, CT basketball, wood chopping, underwater hockey…… those were the good old days.

  22. Let’s not give Ray Lewis more grammatical credit than he deserves by misquoting him. He actually said:

    “Is some things you can cover up, then is some things you can’t.”

  23. He’s the proverbial “train wreck” whenever he’s called upon to comment. You just can’t look away. I have to say that I absolutely loved Cris Carter for calling him out last week He looked like a deer in the headlights.

  24. Haven’t watched espn since they hired Ray the Knife Lewis because he is a guilty obstructor of justice in a murder trial who also destroyed evidence. The man is a hypocrite and represents the Ravens and their fan base very well. Criminals are heroes in Baltimore.

  25. Definition of irony: Steelers fans calling Ray Lewis a hypocrite while condemning the entire Ravens organization at the same time they welcome James Harrison back onto their team. Because there’s some slight chance he might help their team.

    BTW, for those who have forgotten, the Steelers came out in support of Harrison after he hit his pregnant girlfriend, explaining that they had been arguing about the child’s baptism until she called 911 from behind a locked bathroom door. Nope, no cover up there.

    GET THE RAVENS!!! ARGGHHH! SO ANGRY!!!!!

  26. “The NFL crime rate is 13% of the general population crime rate,”

    Skewed data. Tell me the % as it compares to the crime rate of those making 6-figures +, not the general population.

  27. Definition of irony: Steelers fans calling Ray Lewis a hypocrite while condemning the entire Ravens organization at the same time they welcome James Harrison back onto their team. Because there’s some slight chance he might help their team.

    BTW, for those who have forgotten, the Steelers came out in support of Harrison after he hit his pregnant girlfriend, explaining that they had been arguing about the child’s baptism until she called 911 from behind a locked bathroom door. Nope, no cover up there.

    GET THE RAVENS!!! ARGGHHH! SO ANGRY!!!!!

    Definition of irony is a Raven fan commenting on the Steelers when the thread is about Lewis…oh, I forgot the Raven fan mantra….we must deflect, distract, and deny the facts and the truth by avoiding the sins of our players by dragging another team in to the discussion. The fans are fine with a murderer, but are hypocritical about an abuser….how rich!

  28. Yeah, I still don’t understand people at ESPN getting fired for a lot less than being involved in a murder. When is the heat going to get turned up on that one?

  29. The bloody white suit is in Bisciotti’s safe. Ray knows how to play ball. You won’t see Ray Lewis going Tiki on the Ravens anytime soon.

  30. Get some facts straight: Ray Lewis was never seriously considered a suspect for that “murder”, which didn’t even end in a conviction for those charged anyway. He obstructed an investigation and did time for it. He didn’t buy his way out.
    He is a blowhard hypocrite with all the Jesus-me crap and umpteen children from different women, but most of the vitriol for him stems from people thinking he’s a murderer who got away with it. If anything he tried to diffuse the fight those idiots got in to.

  31. you get what you deserve if you watch espn for anything but the game action. Ray ray is a product of the system that let him get away with murder (literally and figuratively) cause he was a great player. He is not a great player anymore, and there is no reason to put up with his antics. NFLN at least knows they work for the League.

  32. Ray Lewis should not be allowed to give anyone advice. He used the stage of ESPN pre game show to try and preach and promote his ideas, values on the TV audience. ESPN should have thought that one through. As far as the Ravens have they not denied about everything they have been involved with lately. If this was the NBA the owners neck would be on the selling block.

  33. ah now I get it, Ray Rice should have pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and he would have gotten away with it!

    Lewis is a joke, was a joke on the field the last 5 years he played and is a joke as an “analyst”.

  34. this is to all you morons on here who paint the ravens organization as a bunch of criminals. do your research and you will find that the 49ers have the most players arrested the past couple seasons. all ray lewis did was refuse to snitch on a childhood friend. he was young, rich and hung with a bad crowd of old friends. 14 years later and you idiots are still judging this man. its kinda sad really that so many people in this county rush to judge people. but then again, it should not surprise me because of the hidden deep racism that still exists in the country.

  35. We all can agree that Ray Lewis is not guilty of murder. Fine. However, had Ray cooperated with investigators he may have helped them nail the guys who were guilty. Ravens fans may think the world of Ray, but outside Baltimore he is regarded as a manipulator who helped his friends get away with murder. How ESPN can pontificate about morals and keep this guy on its payroll is beyond reason.

  36. We all can agree that Ray Lewis is not guilty of murder. Fine. However, had Ray cooperated with investigators he may have helped them nail the guys who were guilty. Ravens fans may think the world of Ray, but outside Baltimore he is regarded as a manipulator who helped his friends get away with murder. How ESPN can pontificate about morals and keep this guy on its payroll is beyond reason.

    Who is we? You and your pet rat? Lewis led a snitches get stitches or ditches defense and fooled an incompetent DA? Outside of Baltimore Ray is what he is a lying killer.

  37. Apparently there’s no room on the Raven payroll for un-indicted murderers.

    And to the Raven fanboi’s, you don’t have to be holding the knife or gun to be convicted of murder. He was there, he witnessed the crime and he covered it up. Anybody else is still in prison for less than that.

  38. So basically you lie your behind off, throw money at the problem until it goes away and then try to rewrite history as if it never happened. Lewis sure did learn well from the Goodell’s WWFL scandal solving playbook.

    Oh and ESPIN, would you PLEASE hire people that aren’t murdering the English language or constantly stroking his already massively over-inflated ego to do the gameday studio show? It’s an embarrassment to the name embarrassment the hot garbage you trot out nowadays.

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