Ray Lewis: Crime Will Increase If NFL Season Canceled

BALTIMORE (ESPN 1300) — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is sharing his thoughts about a lost NFL season. He told ESPN if the season is canceled, expect an increase in crime. 

“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game,” Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

That’s because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects “way more than us,” meaning the owners and players.

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he said. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

Lewis told ESPN he thought crime would increase because “there’s nothing else to do.” 

A 2-1 decision last week by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept the lockout in place pending a full appeal. A hearing is scheduled for June 3 in St. Louis.

Lewis hasn’t attended any of the mediation sessions between the owners and players and hasn’t gone to court for any of the legal proceedings — but that might change.

“I’m not opposed to it,” he said.

He also told ESPN he has texted NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith.

Click here to read the entire ESPN article.

  • Wes

    Let’s see, if I can’t play football for millions of dollars, then I’ll just go rob a liquor store because “there’s nothing else to do”. Sounds about right, There’s an alarming (and increasing) number of hoodlums, street thugs, and felons in the NFL ranks.

  • Ravens Season Ticket Holder

    Ray is right to a degree. Lets see Baltimore is basically a “War Zone”. When there is a game at M&T Bank Stadium, I feel safe in Lot H and walking around the stadium. When there is no football games, myself and many others would be no where near Baltimore due to the crime and thugs that run the streets!

  • john

    I think Ray Lewis is right – they usually are thugs on the football field but work out that aggression hitting each other – now they will be thugs on the street.

  • JPP45

    He’s probably right, Baltimore thugs use any excuse to rob,fight and kill. Lack of football would be as good excuse as any. It also would mean a cut to the cities income, thus less police and fire protection–NOTHING ELSE CAN BE CUT—-

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  • Eric

    WHAT???? No football equals more crime ? On what planet?? Give me a second. Ok, now I get it. When this happens ( and I hope it doesn’t ) the thug can tell the judge that no football is to blame.

  • victor whitney

    Ray is definitely on to something no football will not only raise the crime rate. But domestic violence will also go up. Some people drink like fish during a game without the game all their going to do is drink!! And most of us knows a bored drunk is an accident waiting to happen.

  • jim

    i agrre with ray lewis. his brithers will be on the streets 4hours longer than they might otherwise and i suppose the theft of flat screens will dininish proportionately. ray is speaking,one criminal to another

  • NotsrubO

    Please don’t shoot the messenger. I beliver Ray is correct.. This is like the 1000lb gorrilla in the room. Everyone sees it, but many try to shune it.

  • Eric

    If Ray is correct, maybe the city can use the cops that would have been detailed to the stadium. That could help quite a bit.

  • Max Power

    We (Atlanta) should have never let that thug go free. Well, he did break Mike Vick’s leg so I guess that was a good thing.

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