Ray Lewis dusts off Super Bowl XLVII conspiracy theory

AP

The rollicking 33-minute Hall of Fame enshrinement speech from former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis included a reference to the 32-minute blackout during his final NFL game.

With the Ravens leading the 49ers 28-6 early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII, the lights went out. When they came back on and the game resumed more than a half-hour later, the 49ers launched a comeback that nearly stole the walk-off championship from Lewis.

“I promise you those lights just didn’t go out,” Lewis said with a laugh during a performance that had sweat soaking through his new gold jacket.

It’s not the first time Lewis has suggested that someone kicked the plug out of the wall in the Superdome.

“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said in the NFL Films America’s Game feature based on the team’s championship. “But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. No way. Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens [are] about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ . . . That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”

The suggestion that the power outage happened deliberately continues to have absolutely no factual support. More than five years later, however, that continues to have no relevance to Lewis.

63 responses to “Ray Lewis dusts off Super Bowl XLVII conspiracy theory

  1. Well, he’s always been the voice of reason. Maybe the crime rate was going up and the authorities wanted to curtail it.

  2. I have always been with Ray on this one, did it not
    shift the momentum of the game as well as extend the game
    and the commercials.

  3. Does nobody remember the video of the monstrous explosion that occurred right outside the stadium at the transformer? I’m sure someone walked up to that thing and kicked it… definitely.

    Yeeesh. Just be a graceful winner, take your jacket and go.

  4. Whining after a win? LOL. But 5 years is nothing. Facts show there was no taping of the Rams’ pre-SB walkthru 15yrs ago, but Kurt Whiner and pals still say “who knows? maybe they did”.

    And the facts show the Tuck Rule was correctly applied in 2001 but Jon Gruden and Raider Nation still whine about it! AND they conveniently ignore Raiders benefitted from the Tuck Rule before the Pats did: earlier that season Jets got it to gift them a narrow win over Pats, which not only made Pats playoff route a tad harder, it also meant Raiders had an easy home game to Jets in the Wildcard instead of a potentially hard Seahawks game (who back then were AFCW and had split the 2 regular games with Raiders). Whiney whiney whiners…

  5. Listen stooge you walked away from murder you shouldn’t be accusing anybody of anything. Didn’t watch 5 seconds of the induction ceremony because i had no interest in listening or watching moss, lewis and owens

  6. While we’re on the topic of not accusing nobody of nothing, how about we dust off the Ray Lewis is a murderer theory? Or the Ray Lewis helped murderers escape justice fact?

    That that anyone treats this POS like a role model is insane. Being really good at football and constantly saying how much you love jesus out loud does not undo murder. His enshrinement in the Hall of Fame is an embarrassment.

  7. hes likely right though. how does that happen when youre the nfl? i hate the ravens and ray lewis too, so its not like im a homer supporting his team. it seems suspicious to a lot of people lets just say.

  8. Nice to finally see some coverage of the HOF inductions here, though it’s a shame it starts with this. How about a take on the remarkable speeches by Brian Dawkins and Jerry Kramer?

  9. The suggestion that the power outage happened deliberately continues to have absolutely no factual support
    —–
    Well, Ray’s been known to believe a lot of ridiculous things that have no basis in fact.

  10. I don’t which is worse…..NFL rules changes or letting this guy be a face of the franchise for years after being a murderer (allegedly). I don’t care of you’re Drew Brees, Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, Adrian Peterson or Aaron Rodgers if you’re into drugs, beating women/kids, being a gangster, etc. you should not be glorified by the NFL let alone be playing it. The fact that Ray Lewis is being honored with this accomplishment is garbage.

    Oh, and before the pitchfork nation comes out, I know that Brees and Rodgers hasn’t had any of the allegations above, it was to prove a point. The point is I don’t care who you are, if you’re a turd you don’t deserve to make millions.

  11. This is what the HOF ceremony has become? One guy can’t show up because his feelings were hurt. One guy can’t dress without bringing politics into it. And another bashing the NFL on power outages. I guess when you put people like that on a platform that’s what your going to get.

  12. He has a point, that is why they created so many rules now that they can control the game that way, instead of turning out the lights, the refs will just call a bunch of fouls instead.

  13. Coming from a guy who was busted using PEDs to recover in time for said Super Bowl, that the league turned a blind eye to because they didn’t want the embarrassment of having to suspend him right before the big game, he should shut up and go away with his incoherent nonsense.

    He’s just lucky he’s one of Roger’s super 6 of the Ravens, Giants, Jets, Colts, Donks and Steelers so he got away with his PED use.

  14. On a lighter note…. the shot of his kids reacting to the “kissing” issue was priceless.

  15. He knows because he was out murdering and ran into to the guy who cut the power and ray Lewis being ray Lewis, he killed him too.

  16. thejetssuck2001 says:
    August 5, 2018 at 10:25 am
    hes likely right though. how does that happen when youre the nfl? i hate the ravens and ray lewis too, so its not like im a homer supporting his team. it seems suspicious to a lot of people lets just say.

    Yes that’s why there is never been a blowout in the Super Bowl’s before. What are you 14 years old? You do realize the NFL doesn’t own the stadium right?

  17. thepftpoetinreverse says:
    August 5, 2018 at 10:16 am
    Does nobody remember the video of the monstrous explosion that occurred right outside the stadium at the transformer? I’m sure someone walked up to that thing and kicked it… definitely.
    ————————————–

    I seem to recall hearing conspiracy theories at the time involving a white suit suffering from abandonment issues…

  18. it’s a toss up to decide who is less credible, lewis or goodell et al. think i’ll have to trust the serial killer on this one.

  19. I have a better one. “I promise you, that white suit didn’t destroy itself.”

  20. Last night’s Ray Lewis Show at the HOF enduction ceremonies was a total embarrassment and abomination. Dancing, self-proclaimed preaching about ME, bad comedy….. He totally disrepected the Ceremony and made it all about him. Pure ego maniac. Unwatchable!

  21. Can you believe ESPN once hired this man? Next thing we know he may be a columnist for ProFootballTalk sitting next to Florio!

  22. The suggestion that the power outage happened deliberately continues to have absolutely no factual support.
    ________________________________

    It has plenty of motive though

  23. Love New Orleans, it really is one of Americ’s most unique city’s, but let’s be real. New Orleans isn’t exactly known for its stellar infrastructure. And how again does a delay make the Ravens play worse? Doesn’t add up Ray. You need more than that, and it was a classless time to bring it up. You won the game.

  24. idiedpretty says:
    August 5, 2018 at 11:22 am
    Last night’s Ray Lewis Show at the HOF enduction ceremonies was a total embarrassment and abomination.

    ————

    You know what else is an embarrassment? Not knowing the difference between “enduction” and “induction”

  25. What a sad exhibition by a great player, although losing some of the glitter with that rant.
    Take the Super Bowl you helped win, thanks to those teammates and others and them sit down and shut up.
    With your questionable background, you are so fortunate on the results.
    Zip the pie hole.

  26. Funny how Lewis is accused of having “no factual support” when this site constantly creates their own information to report that the NFL is colluding to keep Kaepernick away. Can’t really bash someone for making a statement without proof when you do the same thing all the time. Oh… wait.

  27. The guy with the missing white suit is delusional, always has been. he starts talking and I just zone out

  28. Those remarks are about where he came from not a conspiracy. When the lights went out he compared it to his childhood experience living in poverty and not having electric. He correctly pointed out how ridiculous it was to happen during a SuperBowl.

  29. “I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said.
    Who gives a rats ass what you think. If you have any proof then present it. If not then JUST SHUT UP.

  30. If something as simple as turning out the lights changing the momentum of a game, would lead you to wonder why it doesn’t happen more often…

  31. 33 minutes and not a minute spent on what happened to his white suit. A half hour of self congratulating me me me drivel. Every time I have to see Lewis and his moronic look at me I got away with murder chucken dance I want to puke. Listening to him drone on about himself was even worse.

    Urlacher and Dawkins wept tears of gratitude for coaches family and friends that got them to yesterday.

    If I never have to see or hear this two time killer again its fine by me.

    33 minutes and never mentioned the one thing everyone wanted to know….

    Wheres the suit Ray?

    Lewis belongs in a cell, not the HOF.

  32. Ray Ray was sweating so much last night it was like he was on the stand trying to explain to the prosecutor where his white suit went.

    Ray Lewis HOF double murderer.

  33. nypd1056 | Aug 5, 2018, 12:36 PM EDT
    “I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said.
    Who gives a rats ass what you think. If you have any proof then present it. If not then JUST SHUT UP.
    ——————————

    Ray probably figures that if the POTUS does it constantly and a whole bunch of gullable idiots believe him, then why not?

  34. MLB – Joe Jackson, 1919 White Sox, Pete Rose all banned for life for betting or fixing baseball games. Clemens, McGuire blackballed from HOF for steroid use.

    NFL – Ray Lewis murders two people, no suspension, entrance into the HOF.

    Wheres the outrage? Wheres the anger? A double murderer gets glorified and enshrined in the HOF like nothing ever happened. Certainly a huge difference in the moral makeup between MLB and the NFL.

    The NFL and its HOF should be ashamed of themselves.

    Canton, home of the Hall of Shame.

  35. Gillette Stadium has second power source from grid (from neighboring Wrentham), to protect against outages in Foxborough. A plan Super Bowl host cities should implement.

    Of course, Kraft gets nothing but grief from local residents for it, as his stadium and attached Patriot Place get power while rest of town goes without.

  36. Cut’em up Ray is certainly entitled to his opinion & I don’t disagree.

    That said, it remains why did the lights go out (I don’t mean a transformer blowing)?

    Simple. No way could the new breed of QB (Krapernick) be so incredibly outplayed by someone old school like Flacco.

    It amazes me that the media still gives 2 hoots about Brady & Brees when you have clowns like Jonny goofball, L Jackson, & Mayfield.

    p.s. If this new breed of QB is so great where are St Timmy & V Young now?

    p.s.s. I’m rooting like for Rosen (a cerebral gunslinger) to be the next big thing from this yrs draft class & Tannehill to won CPOY

  37. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 5, 2018 at 10:58 am
    Coming from a guy who was busted using PEDs to recover in time for said Super Bowl, that the league turned a blind eye to because they didn’t want the embarrassment of having to suspend him right before the big game, he should shut up and go away with his incoherent nonsense.

    He’s just lucky he’s one of Roger’s super 6 of the Ravens, Giants, Jets, Colts, Donks and Steelers so he got away with his PED use.

    Exactly. I mean, this is the same NFL that tried to destroy Tom Brady’s career over a couple of puffs of air that the WEATHER was responsible for. According to Charlie Casserley, Brady could have been “suspended for Super Bowl 49.” (Casserley’s words) However, in Ray Lewis’ case, the NFL was willing to bend over backwards for this DOUBLE MURDERER, allegedly.

  38. Don’t think for a second that because there is no factual support to back a conspiracy theory that the NFL wasn’t behind a power outage. They have plenty of “power” to cover any such behavior up.

  39. The game was turning into a blowout.

    Funny how the lights were out for exactly 33 minutes.. TPTB love that number! lol

  40. Why are we concerned about facts? If we’ve learned anything in the last two years it is that facts don’t matter anymore. People with facts are fake news or on a witch hunt. Anyone with real proof and facts about the lights is just a Ray Lewis hater.

  41. Exactly. I mean, this is the same NFL that tried to destroy Tom Brady’s career over a couple of puffs of air that the WEATHER was responsible for. According to Charlie Casserley, Brady could have been “suspended for Super Bowl 49.” (Casserley’s words) However, in Ray Lewis’ case, the NFL was willing to bend over backwards for this DOUBLE MURDERER, allegedly.


    Here’s one that pops up a lot,

    What’s the difference between Lewis & Brady, aside from how many rings they have? What’s that privilege I keep hearing about?

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