Ray Lewis On Ray Rice: 'There Are Some Things You Can Cover Up, And There Are Some Things You Can't'
My favorite Chris Berman expression, possibly ever. He's probably not really giving Ray Lewis the stank eye, but it looks like he is, and that's good enough for me.
So the ESPN gang discussed the news this morning on Sunday NFL Countdown that the Ravens probably knew a lot more and at a much earlier time about the Ray Rice elevator video, and actively moved to cover it up. Lewis, asked to speak on the issue, gave a halting, confusing, apologist answer -- framing the issue in his own narrow view as a former Raven, saying even less about it than Roger Goodell did in his press conference on Friday.
Why does Lewis have a job at ESPN? Of course we know the answer: celebrity capital. It's certainly not because of his great ability as a communicator. Example from this morning's Countdown: Lewis: "Sometimes we forget why we're here. We're here for one reason and one reason only. Were for here domestic violence."
What does that even mean? Lewis speaks in non-sequiters -- nonsense words and Dr. Seuss sentences. These may have worked in a football setting to inspire his teammates, but when you're wearing a suit and tie and communicating to people with functioning IQs, shouldn't you occasionally make sense?
Unfortunately, this portion of his comments to the rest of the ESPN panel made perfect sense:
This says much more about ESPN than it does the Ravens. But the most offensive part of Lewis' comments were yet to come:
"Sometimes we forget why we're here. We're here for one reason and one reason only. We're here for domestic violence. We're here because we saw a friend of mine brutally hit his wife in an elevator. There's some things you can cover up and then there's some things you can't. Right now is a sad day for me because the reputation that I left in this organization, this isn't it. This isn't it. What was built that many of years took hard work to get that. Took a hell of a reputation to put on the line. Men's families. Men's lives. How to actually get acclimated as a pro."
Some would say, Ray, that the reputation you left isn't that great.
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