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Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:05 pm
 
Lewis put Baltimore's playoff loss to New England in perspective. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Sometimes it's easy to forget that football really is nothing more than a bunch of guys in costumes playing a game. It's not life or death or the end-all be-all, even if a subset fans prefer to live that reality. Last Sunday, for the second time in four years, the Ravens lost in the AFC Championship game, and it happened in heartbreaking fashion. With seconds remaining, Lee Evans dropped a perfect throw from Joe Flacco for what would've been the go-ahead touchdown.

And then a harried Billy Cundiff pull-hooked a gimme 32-yard field goal after inexplicably losing track of the game situation. It was an improbable chain of events that had to be particularly hard to swallow for veterans like Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, players who very well may have retired had the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Afterwards, Lewis, who has been this team's leader since he was drafted in 1996, didn't bemoan his fate or call out his underperforming teammates. Instead, he came to their defense during his postgame interview. And before that, but shortly after the season's outcome had been decided, he gave an impassioned speech that helped put things in perspective.


Cundiff later told the media that “You know that Ray Lewis has poured his heart out, and you don’t know how many years he has left. To let him down is pretty tough.”

Lewis might've been let down but he sounds like he's at peace with whatever life may bring. There's a lesson in there somewhere for these folks.

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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Thos must be some "Super Hero" friends to be able to stab to death the peopl that are shooting at them. I'll say it again..............BS!!



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:57 pm
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Save your breath Dagreek, you cant reason with ignorant fools.
You can't BS them either. Save your breath is right!




Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:37 am
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

So let me get this right, the two guys that were killed in the Ray Lewis double murder were drug dealing scum, but Ray Lewis and his two buddies that killed them are decent human beings?  You make a lot of sense, especially since I followed the whole court proceedings and read all the reports .  Also I know people that were there and saw Ray and his boys leaving the scene, a bloody scene with two men stabbed to death and Ray Lewis's all white suit that everyone remembers him in that night never to be seen again.  Ray Lewis is a scum bag, plain and simple, and defending him because he is a good football player is about as ignorant as you and anyone else that sucks him off.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:36 pm
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

 Save your breath Dagreek, you cant reason with ignorant fools. 



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:32 am
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Ray doesn't need anyone to defend him against idiots who claim to profess the "truth" about the incident in Atlanta, but he deserves better than to have people who did not follow the trial, believing in the horse crap that is being spewed. It always gets me how his detractors love to call those who speek the actual truth morons or idiots that lack common sense, when the fact is ANYONE CLAIMING RAY STABBED OR MURDERED EITHER OF THOSE TWO GANG BANGING DRUG DEALING THUGS THAT NIGHT IS COMPLETLEY IGNORING THE THRUTH.  The whole and unadulterated truth is that He was never charged or accused by the prosecution nor the "victims" friends of yielding a knife or stabbing anyone. In fact the contrary is true. The premise of the trial was that even though Ray never stabbed or killed anyone he should still be charged with first degree murder. From the night Ray was taken into custody until the trial was resolved, Court TV had almost 24 hour coverage of the event and the truth is a well documented matter of public record.
Ray was at a high rollers party in atlanta when a member of his entorage, Reginald Oakley, got into an altercation with one of the two "victims, because Oakley bumped into the "victim" in a crowded room. They exchanged words and almost started fighting in the club before Ray and another member of his group broke it up. Ray lead his entorage outside and called his limo to get them out before more trouble started. As the last member of his group was getting into the limo one of the "victims" snuck over and broke a champagne bottle over his head and stepped back yielding the broken bottle as a weapon. The group, including Ray, got out of the limo and started fighting with the "victims" and their entorage. As testified for the prosecution by one of the "victims" friends, who was in one on one hand combat with Ray the entire duartion, Ray never yielded or used a knife. The guy he was fighting is still alive today and testified at the trial. Meanwhile, two other members of the "Victims", whom by the way were drug dealing gangbangers with open warrents in Cleveland hiding out in Atlanta, entorage ran to their car to get their handguns. They soon returned and began shooting at Lewis's group. By testimony of the prosecutuion, as they were fleeing to get back to the limo, Sweeney and Oakley yielded their knives and stabbed the two "victims". The police tracked down Lewis not by the trail of blood, but by the numerous gunshots fired into the the limo by the "victims" group. There was a large amount of blood all over the limo and lewis's clothes, but it was from at least 5 different people including members of Lewis's group that were cut as well. The limo driver testified that in the ride to the hotel Oakley and Sweeney told them they stabbed their guys. Ray, not wanting to be tied into the event, then tried to cover up his involvement by ditching his clothes, which is what he ultimately plead guilty to and recieved time served. The state of Georgia has a law that anyone involved in a fight in which someone dies, may be charged with first degree murder even if they didn't kill anyone.  The prosecutors never alleged that Ray stabbed anyone. The basis of evidence was not to prove he murdered anyone, but that he was involved in the fist fight and thus was equally guilty of murder. The problem was that in order to paint the picture the prosecutors had to admit that the "victims" were actually the instigators, they themselves were yielding weapons and at most Ray was fighting off a drug dealing gangbanger that insisted on attacking him. Ray never had to even present a defense. As the evidence played out, the prosecution was pressured into making a plea deal with him to drop the murder charges in exchange for a guilty plea of obstruction and testimony against Sweeney and Oakley, who in the end were found not guilty because the whole incident began as a matter of self defense and the prosecution could care less about convicting Oakley and Sweeney. They simpley saw $$$ and fame in prosecuting a star football player. If you want to reflect on whats wrong with tis country you should start there.    
As for Ray, he was guity of many things including poor judgement and lack of character. He has dedicated the last twelve years of his life to make up for it by using his experience to become a true role model for troubled youth and a great inspirational leader. He has guided and mentored more young men than any other public figure of his generation. He has also anonymously devoted countless hours of public service and donated millions of dollars to worthy causes over that time. If every athlete guilty of poor judgement and lack of character did a fraction of what Ray has in reperation of their mistakes, the world would be a much better place. The reality is that if the incedent never happened the world would have two more no good drug dealing gangbangers and one less life changing philanthropist.



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:08 am
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

KLM actually it's people like you who can't forgive, is the problem now a days. 



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Ray Lewis wouldn't give a dollar to any of you ignorant morons defending him on this page, how can you completely ignore the facts and continue to defend someone just because he is a good football player?  People wonder why are country is so screwed, just read some of the comments on this page and it's easy to see, because either most of you people are kids that just don't understand the concept of common sense, or your just a bunch of fucktards that don't understand the concept of common sense.  I'm going with the second one and hanging my head in a moment of silence for any of you that have kids and are passing your ignorance down to them.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Ray should have known better than to be there but to label him a murderer is unfair and false.....simply FALSE!!!!!
Different thread for another time, but Lewis was and will always be guilty.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:22 pm
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

The same people here that forgave Lewies' murdering, condemned JOPA. Hypocrites to the 10th degree.



Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

His speech wasn't about how to murder someone, get away with it, and then play in the NFL and earn millions of dollars?  I'm surprised, not.



There was only a blood trail from the scene of the two vicious murders, to Ray Lewis's Limo, and then to his hotel, but Ray had nothing to do with it.  Tell that to the two people that were murdered (Lollar, 24, and Baker, 21) and their families.

I is still hard to believe that Lewis was allowed to play another single minute in the NFL.



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