It’s Super Bowl week, We’ve reached the final stop on a long and historic Hall of Fame career for Ray Lewis, and people have come to the conclusion that he might not be as great as he seems. No surprise here. I’ve always thought the guy was a fraud.
Is there any denying the pure beast that IS Ray Lewis on the football field? No…HECK NO. Ray Lewis is a monster. From the intro to the coin toss and throughout all four quarters he goes all out. You can only respect a guy who takes it to the max until the final whistle blows. However, can you respect a man implicit in a double murder? Acquittal or no acquittal. Two men were stabbed to death in a fight in which he was involved. So he bounced back from that, he did major work to repair his image, he won a Superbowl and became a hero again. Then the doping story drops.
Is it true?
OF COURSE IT”S TRUE.
Sure, he took the deer spray, he drank the funny colored liquid, he did all of it, why? Because he wanted to play. Period.
Pick your poison with Ray Lewis. He is no different from any other Uber-Rich Jock, he is extremely talented, egotistical, motivated, selfish, admirable, honorable, scum bags you will ever witness. If you are a fan then you realize that he took banned substances, not to gain a physical edge over his competition, but to get healthy in order to help his team win and end his career on a good note. If you are a hater then you know that Ray Lewis cheated because he didn’t give a flying flip about the integrity of the game when forced to choose between what he wanted and what was best for the image of the league in which he plays.
If you are a fan, you understand that when a brawl breaks out and your boys are involved, you jump in it. You go together, you brawl together, and you leave together. It’s written into the code of men. Fans know that he didn’t want anyone to die, fans know that things escalated and Ray did what he thought was honorable and expected of him. Any true friend can understand that. Haters know that the man played a part in taking the lives of two men who regardless of the incident, did not deserve to die that night. They understand that his celebrity status played a large factor in his receiving a lighter punishment than what can be expected by his peers.
Personally I think Ray Lewis is as phony as they come. I love him as a player but he aggravates me to know end as a man. Someone needs to tell Ray that God doesn’t care about football or any other sport for that matter. Men line up against each other and they impose their wills on one another in a competition. How selfish are you to say that God prefers one man over another when it comes to something that means absolutely NOTHING at the end of the day. Is football so important as to require the direct influence of God Almighty to determine the outcome….I think not. Get over yourself Ray. You don’t carry miracles around in your back pocket. If Peyton Manning didn’t choke up you would be sitting at the house. I would love it if Ray and all other professional athletes would just come out and say we were the better MEN today, instead of God blessed us more than those other men across the field.
Ray Lewis is human, just as perfectly flawed as the next man. Those who love and admire will highlight the good and vice versa. At the end of the day his legacy as a professional athlete will remain one of the greatest ever. This story about the banned substance will not be enough to take that away from him. As a man, we cannot say because that legacy is still being written, but so far he has hit bumps in the road just as much as the next man if not more. Go figure.