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5 Ways Ray Lewis’ Leadership Coulda Helped Jacoby Jones and Sweet Pea

Ray Lewis has always been so subtle.

Last time we saw Ray Lewis on the field he was taking credit for his teammates’ tackles. Last time we saw him off the field he was taking credit for leading his teammates to be their greatest. Well now Lewis has upped the ante and is now taking credit for things that could have happened had he been there to make sure they didn’t. Lewis was quoted as saying that the reason Jacoby Jones was hit over the head with a bottle by a stripper at Bryant Mckinnie’s birthday party is because the team lacks leadership — specifically HIS leadership.

His former teammates responded to his comments with a mixture of who-gives-a-damn and whatever-dude. Lewis, true to egotistical form, said he doesn’t know why in the world the Ravens wouldn’t take kindly to the implication that their incapable of making decisions without him. 

Well you know what, I think Lewis could be right. I thought of 5 ways his leadership could have prevented a bad situation for McKinnie and and Jones. #RayLewisCouldHave 

1. Ray Lewis could have knocked the bottle out of Sweet Pea’s hand. Back in his younger days, Lewis was known for his good instincts which made him good at batting passes down. There’s no reason to believe that he couldn’t have sensed Sweet Pea’s anger and batted the Ace of Spades bottle out of her hand before it connected with Jones’ head. 

2. Ray Lewis could have convinced McKinnie to celebrate his birthday at church. McKinnie has been through a lot of financial difficulties and has had trouble keeping his conditioning up. The reality is, one could argue, that McKinnie needs prayer. And I’m sure Lewis would and could argue that effectively. McKinnie could have spent his 34th birthday in the temple rather than on a party bus listening to Meek Mill’s Amen.

3. Ray Lewis could have distracted Sweet Pea with his good looks and charm. Let’s be honest, I give Lewis a hard time, but the man is GORGEOUS and very charismatic. Chances are if Ray Lewis is in the room nobody is paying any attention to Bryant McKinnie and Jacoby Jones. There’s no reason to hit a man over the head with a bottle if you don’t even realize he’s there. 

4. Ray Lewis could have convinced those young ladies to turn their lives around. Any time you’re hanging around Reverend Ray you could be in for a party or a scolding. You just never know. There’s at least a 50% chance that Ray would have arrived on the party bus and given those young ladies a nice fatherly lecture about the EVILS of succumbing to secular pleasures. 

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5. Were Ray Lewis still playing for the Ravens there’s a good chance McKinnie never would have had a party in the first place for fear that he would show up and do any of 1-4. If Ray Lewis is your teammate you can’t NOT invite him to your party but then again you don’t want him to come either. 

In all seriousness, I’ve always found Lewis’ egotistical delusions to be fascinating. I’m a fan. I swear! But if he’s going to continue his broadcast career, I’d like to see him come down to earth just a little bit. 







Plaxico Burress’ financial problems just keep getting worse

If Plaxico sits out this season or rides the bench it will spell the end.

Before Plaxico Burress was released from jail we found out that he had a house in foreclosure and some other debts. TMZ has reported that Burress owes 59k in back taxes to New York and 159k to a woman in relation to a car accident that happened in January 2008. You can read the details over on TMZ

I was really hoping Plaxico Burress would find a job this season - not that it’s out of the realm of possibility at this point but it’s certainly not looking good. I can’t speak to whether Burress can still play or not. The New York Jets weren’t really the best testing ground for such an experiment. 

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Watch the video of Chad Johnson’s bond hearing for domestic violence arrest

As you probably already know, Chad Johnson of the Miami Dolphins was arrested on domestic violence charges yesterday. Luckily for him he was able to get in front of a judge early this morning (in some states he would have been in jail until Monday, oh the horror!). Bond was set at $2500 in a very quick hearing as you can see in the video below.

I’m interested to see how this plays out. My opinion, from Day 1, has been that their relationship isn’t real and since no one can find their paperwork for their marriage in the United States that they’re not married either. The theories of why this happened are flying. Some say it was a stunt for the couple’s reality show that went wrong. The 911 call made by the neighbor should be available soon and perhaps that will shed some insight.

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Passenger in Ndamukong Suh crash wants a cool 1 million dollars

Remember that time Ndamukong Suh got into a car crash with two other women in the car? Well CBS is reporting that one of the women believes she deserves more than her medical bills and wage losses to be covered and little something something extra on top. Nooooooo she wants ONE MILLION DOLLARS. 


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NFL releases chart of player arrests - Lions outpace other teams, DUIs most common offense

Aaron Berry was cut from the Lions today for breaking the golden rule-a man’s talent must outweigh his foolishness. Berry was popped for simple assault but drug abuse offenses are far more common than violent ones. Berry received his own DUI charge last month.

In a show of something akin to transparency the NFL has released a list of NFL players arrested thus far in 2012. I have mixed feelings about the list being released with the biggest gripe being that no context was given. I think when you release a list like this you should mention how the NFL stacks up vs. other leagues and the general public, and whether there has been an increase or decrease in arrests compared to this time last year. On the other hand, I suppose you can argue for information to be “posted without comment” to allow folks to draw their own conclusions. 

The Detroit Lions have already been the talk of the off season so this list will reveal nothing new.  The biggest thing I took away from the list is the number of DUI/DWIs (11) which were by far the most common offense with marijuana possession being second. I’ve blogged about this before but athletes who suffer from substance abuse are not uncommon. 

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