Lamar Jackson’s beach adventure should alarm the Ravens

Getty Images

Last year, the Chiefs politely asked the reigning NFL MVP to stop playing pickup basketball. This year, the Ravens may want to do the same thing.

Video has emerged of quarterback Lamar Jackson playing some beach football. Those two words should cause any coach or executive to shudder, given what happened to Robert Edwards in early 1999 at the Pro Bowl. Beyond that, Jackson’s impressive dash through the sand culminated in a crash into a jet ski.

So, yes, the Ravens should be concerned. And, yes, like the Chiefs last year, the Ravens maybe should have a chat with Lamar about how to keep himself healthy enough to put his health at risk on a football field.

27 responses to “Lamar Jackson’s beach adventure should alarm the Ravens

  1. So if players hurt at least a third of the country by kneeling that’s okay and everybody should get behind it, but if they do something to hurt their team, then the team can and per this article should step in and say something? What about players rights? They are still humans with friends and families.

    For the record I’m fine with the kneeling. I wasn’t always until about a year ago. But I think the days of telling anybody what to do are over.

    Scenarios like this are exactly why we are light years behind this being over.

    If they can “suggest” to him what to do because it might hurt his team and they are his employer, then they have every right to “suggest” their players don’t kneel for the same reasons. You see it works both ways as long as nobody is hurting someone physically by their actions or breaking a law.

  2. Keep Lamar in a glass case all off-season. Yep, that’s the best answer to everything.

  3. If they wanted him to stop “risky activities”, they would give him a new contract and put it in the language.

  4. birds of a feather says:
    June 15, 2020 at 10:10 am
    So if players hurt at least a third of the country by kneeling that’s okay and everybody should get behind it, but if they do something to hurt their team, then the team can and per this article should step in and say something? What about players rights? They are still humans with friends and families.
    ____________

    If the league wanted players to stop kneeling, they would have to put it in the CBA. If the Ravens want Lamar to stop playing sports outside of Ravens games, they would have to put it in his contract. Neither scenario is currently enforceable.

  5. The good news for the Ravens is that Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. is only 23 years old….the bad news for the Ravens is that Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. is only 23 years old.

  6. Hope he doesn’t get hurt. He’s an amazing talent. I remember when Robert Edwards hurt his knee. That was horrible. He injured it so badly in that beach volleyball that there was a real possibility that the doctors might have had to amputate. It was awful to see such a promising career cut at tragically short. The Ravens should have a talk with Jackson, and will definitely need to include off season workout safety provision language in his inevitable contract extension.

  7. Easy solution. Put em all in sumo suits when they aren’t on the field. Make them six feet in diameter and they’ll take care of the social distancing piece too.

  8. I’m just waiting for Jackson to get hurt, but demand his salary. Perhaps he can get $600 a week unemployment.

  9. When you’re young, you think you’re indestructible. I’m sure the Ravens and some team veterans are gonna have a word with Lamar.

  10. These guys are twenty-somethings with money. You’re never going to convince them to focus on their football careers 100% of the time.

    He looks like he was having fun. Better that than other activities young adults with money could be engaged in.

    Yeah, he could have hurt himself. If I’m the Ravens, I have a conversation with him explaining why doing something like that on a beach, an uneven, constantly shifting surface, isn’t wise.

    But I wouldn’t discourage him from enjoying his personal time. From his step-up in performance last year, it’s clear to me he puts in the necessary work in the offseason. Football teams can’t control players’ lives.

  11. Lamar demonstrated great quickness and elusiveness. Had to make a quick decision, and came out of it fine. Now you know why defensive players have so much trouble trying to corral him. I thought it was awesome. I’m sure Harbaugh’s going to put him in a headlock the next time he sees him, but right now he’s just laughing. A little nervous laugh maybe.

  12. They shouldn’t have to put this in any contract or CBA. These guys need to realize they have a responsibility for the short period they are playing. Back in the day when Bradshaw was flying around on his motorcycle, Mr Rooney pulled Bradshaw aside and told him he would have plenty of time to ride after his career was over and now he needed to be smart, stay safe, and stay off the bike… and he did. It was mutual respect. Why would you risk a multi million career on antics like this. Be smart, stay safe, play as long as you can reaping in the money and you’ll have plenty of time to live like a king after.

  13. You can’t keep players in a bubble. Some of the more risky behaviors like dirt motor biking have been prohibited by clauses in the contracts of some players but beach football seems relatively innocuous as long as no one gets overly physical. A quiet talk with Jackson may be in order but let’s not over react. Bear in mind ~5 years back Brady gave Patriot Nation a near heart attack by jumping off a cliff into the Mediterranean.

  14. The person who should be talking to him is his agent, who should be saying “Listen Lamar, you’re still on your rookie contract, which represents a fraction of what I plan to negotiate for you. If you get hurt playing beach football you could lose out on $150 plus and they’ll be nothing I can do. Think of your future and your family’s future”.

  15. He literally jumped over a jet ski parked at the edge of the water. He landed softly in the water. I think I see similar scenarios at Ocean City every summer. Should he be more cautious? Probably.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.