Posted August 23, 2013

Joe Flacco on Ray Lewis: A lot of his speeches “didn’t even make sense”

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he will take on more of a leadership role this season. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he will take on more of a leadership role this season. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Retired NFL linebacker and new televison analyst Ray Lewis was known for his fiery pre-game speeches, attempting to pump his Baltimore Raven teammates up for 60 minutes of football.

While some could argue what the speeches really did for the team, one person who didn’t quite understand them was quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

In an interview with ESPN the Magazine, Flacco said that he is taking on more of a leadership role this season, but not the way that Lewis did it.

“That’s not me,” Flacco says. “I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”

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As far as the label about him being boring, Flacco says he doesn’t mind.

“You think I’m boring? I think that’s cool,” Flacco says. “I don’t know if I’m an everyday person, but I don’t think I’m an a—hole. If you think I’m boring, I don’t see why it’s a negative thing. All I’ve ever wanted was to be respected within the building.”


235 comments
LarryChavez
LarryChavez

With all that money joe! Keep your mouth shut, and go see a dentist about those yellow theeth you have!

Kris2
Kris2

I think Ray Lewis entered football with brain damage. Down hill from there.

MarkSweetipo
MarkSweetipo

You can be boring when you can throw the ball 75 yards on target no problem.

TheDearLeader
TheDearLeader

Murdering drug using thugs are typically not known for their motivational speeches. 

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

boring = good.  people really need to let the ray lewis murder case go

joeshine730
joeshine730

murder doesn't make sense either? especially double murder of 2  small 135 lb Akron kids.

jeffr85392
jeffr85392

"Now, who can argue with that? Authenic frontier gibberish. I'm just glad these lovely children were here to listen to it."

JoeScott
JoeScott

"WAS IT OVER WHEN THE GERMANS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR???"

danhopler
danhopler

Joe Lewis was speaking from a heart that knew Jesus as his personal Savior. Flaccid has my greatest respect as a player, but does not know Christ.

C. Smith
C. Smith

I'm sick of hearing about the ATL incident. That's all you people on here ever speak of. Damn.....

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

In you they will live forever. Hope you at least got some of the black man's legendary gifts

BWS102
BWS102

it doesn't make since they paid you all that money to suck this year 

JMP_Design
JMP_Design

Flacco had to know that when he went on the record saying "90% of his speeches didn't make sense" was going to be turned into a shot or negative of sorts.  It certainly wasn't said as a complement was it?

Again he is pretty candid and flat when he talks so when he comments about other teammates it can come off odd....

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

Ray Lewis is a true champion. Joe Flacco is a true Trent Dilfer, but unlike Dilfer, Flacco is a coward. Hey Joe, why didn't you say that to Ray in the 3 years you played with him? Lewis had the ability to take over games and that's what counts. Is there any doubt that Lewis provided inspiration for his team, and that was the purpose of those speeches? I'll tell you what doesn't make sense, anyone who didn't see the effect Lewis' speeches had on that team.

MyWorldNow
MyWorldNow

@TheDearLeader- LOL. Ray Lewis is a hall of famer. The only thing you'll be famous for is your flatulence and bad breath. 

MyWorldNow
MyWorldNow

@joeshine730 Ray Lewis was 24, one of the deceased was 24 and the other was 21 - they were no more kids than Lewis was. Both of the deceased had criminal records but you hate Ray Lewis so much that you want him to be a murderer. You should change your name to Joešûçkȿ8incher. 

eps90ms
eps90ms

@danhopler Go figure, immediately after Ray's involvement (ooops, "cover-up") in the murder, he "suddenly found" God.  Funny how that works, eh?

KyleRimler
KyleRimler

Exactly what I was going to write and so true. I remember before I was a Christian that I would go to church with my wife and hear the snoopy teacher. It made no sense. Now that I am Christian (almost 10 years), the holy spirit allows me to hear what God is trying to teach me. I love Ray Lewis' speeches. They are not over the top. God put this man on a huge platform and he delivered.

PaoloRossi
PaoloRossi

@danhopler* The problem between those two was that Flacco is an atheist while Ray Lewis is an over the top, "I just found a God" christian lunatic who tried to preach the bible on the football stadium (where there is no place for it). He was just poorly "citing" some random bible verses that most of the time even he did not understand himself. How could he expect Flacco and other inteligent and educated teammates to even have a slight idea about what is he trying to talk about...?

samlang
samlang

@C. Smith 


Seriously, you take part in ONE murder and people never let you forget about it! Watch, Aaron Hernandez is not even going to be remembered as a tight end! What a disgrace! 

S S
S S

@atthebarbershop Starting a divisive controversy by demeaning your teammate would be stupid. Both wanted to win so why start picking Ray apart in the season? 

Robert114
Robert114

@atthebarbershop Maybe Flacco was afraid Lewis would literally kill him.  His track record makes it very plausible.  

But hey, if you say he's a true champion who can argue that, except for the guy he murdered.

FDowney
FDowney

@KyleRimler Did you get Jeebus after being involved in (at the very least, witnessing your posse do it) a murder, like Ray did? 

My favorite is Tex Watson, otherwise known as Charlie Manson's Hit Man. Ol' Tex got Jeebus in prison--now he's trying to save the rest of us. Some of us never needed Jeebus to not get caught up in murders, thankyouverymuch.

danhopler
danhopler

The answer is still the same. Lewis has a heart from Jesus and Flacco has a heart of logic. Many in the locker room rallied behind Lois and Flacco should appreciate that. If Jesus was a football player today he would have done the same.

dt
dt

@PaoloRossi @danhopler Buddy, Atheists are just as dumb and idiotic as everyone else.  Get off your high horse.

eps90ms
eps90ms

@samlang @C. Smith I really hope you're joking, or do you think it's "ho-hum" to take another person's life?  

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@scBlais @atthebarbershop Using that reasoning I can't even be sure Flacco said exactly what is quoted here to the writer. Typically in these situations, if the the provocateur had already passed judgment to that person, Flacco would have likely made that clear to the writer so the writer wasn't left with the impression that the quote might get a negative reaction from Lewis. If this goes any further, I think you'll see that Flacco didn't have this conversation with Lewis.

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@S S @atthebarbershop There are plenty of people on that team that still like Ray. I know one person who likes him is the frickin GM Ozzie Newsome. Like his defenders here, I'm sure they are none to please about what Flacco said. And speaking of why's, why is Flacco saying this to the media, except to start trouble.

jeffr85392
jeffr85392

One lousy murder and you're branded for life.

gdpr
gdpr

@Robert114 Idiotic statement. Ray Lewis was involved in some bad stuff, a long time ago, but he killed no one. Move the heck on. I suspect racism is involved in people who don't move on. You've never made horrific mistakes when hanging with the wrong crew? I know his family—he has changed his life drastically and sincerely wants to be a better man. Why won't you people allow that? No, it's Atlanta this, Atlanta that. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. MOVE ON.

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@Robert114 @atthebarbershop Weren't there supposedly two guys he murdered? His track record doesn't have any murder convictions. when you site a record it can't just be the one in your head. And speaking of murderers., you ever LOOK at that avatar or just post it.

JulesG
JulesG

@Robert114 It was two guys, and that proves you don't know what the f*#( you are talking about...just talking.

The ignorant narrative that I used to believe, that Ray Lewis killed two guys and got his friends to take the fall for it, is certainly incorrect. First of all, there was no fall. Both men were acquitted when the careering D.A., reminiscent of the Duke lacrosse prosecutor, failed to secure a single murder conviction on two deaths. Second, even when Lewis turned state’s witness, his testimony “helped portray the victims as aggressors,” in the words of the other two’s lawyer, thus helping them. Most importantly, for Ray Lewis to have killed either of the men would have required such a vastly different sequence of events than those reported by both the victims’ group and his own that they would all have to be on the take. It’s a very silly thought to construct a scenario where that is possible, and it’s a sillier thought to regard a football player as that far above the law.

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/01/24/5-common-misconceptions-about-ray-lewis-murder-trial/

Sam5
Sam5

@danhopler @danhopler I can't tell if you're serious or not, but considering that you're calling Ray Lewis "Joe Lewis" and saying all of these nice Christian things about a guy who was involved in murdering people, I'm gonna guess that you're not all that smart.  Lots of Christians are terrible, terrible people.  Being an atheist doesn't mean you're a bad person.  Some people are bad, some people are good.  End of story.

gdpr
gdpr

@JulesG  Because @Robert114 clearly is a racist. Don't waste your breath and superior intellect on the likes of him. Just pray he comes to his senses and becomes a decent human being someday.

gdpr
gdpr

@Robert114  Thanks for showing me that my suspicion about you is correct, you racist. You are in my prayers and I pity you. I hope you become a good person someday.

C. Smith
C. Smith

So what if he has 6 kids by 4 women. Why are you so involved in his personal life? You are in no position to cast judgement on him like the rest of us.

JulesG
JulesG

@tadbanyon So....giving you are a man of statistics....what percentage of what you said is a known fact? What percentage of what you said REALLY matters to you? Were you going to help Father those children? Why is that even a concern? Oh, because it solidifies a stereotype...right? What do we know about YOU? Does that matter? It doesn't, right? Because you aren't famous for anything. That is not a knock, but stop being so judgmental of people whose lives you just happen to be able to log on to the Internet and find out things about them. It's easy to be a from a distance cynic. Pretending you care when you don't just to try and make some drab point serves no purpose but to make YOU look like you fit into a negative statistic yourself...won't say which one, but hey, that doesn't matter either.....have  a good one.

tadbanyon
tadbanyon

@atthebarbershop @Robert114 @JulesG Its pretty much statistically impossible that he could be a good father to that many kids that spread part to that many different women. Of course, you could mean "taking care of them" as in, "sending money". But that aint being a dad. They need a dad a lot more than they need a handful of bills.

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@Robert114 @JulesG P.S. Most people think that kids are a good thing. Now if you had any documentation, or a solid media report saying he wasn't caring for them (which WE all know you don't) that would be another story.

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@Robert114 @JulesG He's a two time Super Bowl Champion. JulesG is only saying Lewis is not a murderer. Now let's get to the prejudice. Why are there a dispportionately number of African-American in prison in this country? Because of all the white people who have come forward and testified on behalf of the black victims? LOL And what they FCUK do you THINK you know about black people, other than its clear you think they're all the same? 

JulesG
JulesG

@Robert114 >>> I never believed he actually killed anyone

Then why say in your previous post that he murdered a guy???? Other than that, there is nothing else to talk about. You want to try and throw shots at Black people because you have some limited information, and make it seem like all Black people are the same and then to also go on about his personal life, which has nothing to do with you or me.

I understand, you just like being negative....and that's cool, but don't say sh** just to say it if it isn't true. Not sure why you feel like that is necessary.

Robert114
Robert114

@JulesG @Robert114 Ray Lewis was most certainly with a group of people, at least one of whom killed those guys.  That is not in dispute, except maybe for people like you.  Nobody was convicted because nobody would testify, which is pretty par for the course when blacks kill blacks.  

I never believed he actually killed anyone, but he was there and he most certainly knows who did it.  Add in the fact that he's got something like 6 kids to 5 different women and he's very far from a role model and sure as hell isn't a champion of anything.