Now that Ray Lewis is retired and now an ESPN employee, any outrageous comments that come out of his mouth will be scrutinized. So he knows he has to be really careful. But Lewis seemingly forgot about being careful about what he says in public during an appearance on NFL Films’ “America’ Game” series.
Lewis was joined by former teammate Joe Flacco and former head coach John Harbaugh on the program to discuss Super Bowl XLVII. And while Flacco and Harbaugh shared insights from their 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Lewis decided to insinuate that the NFL had something to do with the power outage that happened as the Ravens began to roll the 49ers. After which, momentum switched and the 49ers got back into the game.
“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” says Lewis. “But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. (Laughs) No way.
“Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens (are) about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ … That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
Whether you agree with Lewis or think he’s lost his mind matters not. What does matter is how the NFL feels about an employee of ESPN throwing around conspiracy theories. Because remember, we all know how much power the NFL yields over ESPN.