Ray Lewis: ‘When I played crime went lower in Baltimore’

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Hall of Fame former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis legitimately talked through Lamar Jackson’s NFL debut with the team Thursday night.

Apparently that wasn’t enough for one of the game’s greatest linebackers. Instead, it seems that Lewis just continues to open his mouth.

In talking about being inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, Lewis had one hellacious quote.

“When I played, crime went lower in Baltimore. It’s like, nobody needs to be mad now,” Lewis said. “It’s like everybody wants to be happy and celebrate.”

Insert “wut” GIF right here. Sometimes, the jokes simply write themselves. But we’ll be better than that and not focus on Lewis’ murder trial from 2001, a trial that ended in him pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

We digress.

Having played with the Ravens from 1996-2012, Lewis is considered one of the greatest linebackers to ever play. He’s also considered a big-time talker, which will likely come into play once he gives his speech in Canton.

Regarding Lewis’ comments, murder rates in Baltimore were in fact lower during his playing days than the years since his retirement. Though, we’re willing to say that’s a mere coincidence.