Peter King has a very interesting take on how America is sick of Ray Lewis and this is all a backlash. In my opinion Florio will publish anything that attracts eyeballs so he's more that willing to jump all over it.
Whenever I write about Lewis, a string of angry tweets and/or e-mails follow, asking how can I always gloss over the fact that Lewis was a murderer. I don't gloss over it, because you're innocent 'til proven guilty in this country, and Lewis was never convicted of murder, and so in my eyes he's not a murderer. Did something bad happen that night that we'll never know the full story about? Certainly. Was Lewis disingenuous with authorities about the case? Apparently, because of the obstruction-of-justice conviction. But it's pretty serious business to call a man a murderer, and no one has ever produced credible evidence that he is one. If you want to believe in his guilt for the killings, go ahead. I don't.
But the one other facet of Lewis that has become very well-worn in the last month or so is his public display of emotion. In the Baltimore Sun Tuesday, columnist Mike Preston puts it this way: "This crying, praying, quoting Scripture and dropping to his knees during the past two games has gone too far. I believe Lewis is serious about his show of emotion. I will never question his commitment to Christianity or his love for God. But I've watched Lewis for 17 years, and while he is the ultimate team guy, he is also the ultimate 'I' guy. He loves his fellow players, but Ray Lewis loves him some Ray Lewis, which is why he talks about himself in the third person. He likes the theater and loves to be a showman, but when is enough, enough? Even within the past week, more Baltimore fans are being turned off by his behavior as the network cameras zoom in. Microphones and recorders collect his every word even though we're not sure what he is talking about at times.''
Is an article quoting another player as saying Joe is elite positive? Because there was one of those within the last week.
Is an article of Ray telling Joe that he was the general after winning positive? Because there was one of those lately too.
There have been numerous articles within the last couple weeks regarding Joe and his contract and giving Joe props for all his leverage...is that not positive because it props up one of our players but points out that it will cost the team more money?
I mean first, they are not a cheerleader website so there aren't a lot of praises really for any teams...the site does a few opinion pieces, but they are basically a larger version of rotoworld...they link articles regarding league matters. I said it before...every team fanbase thinks Florio hates their team including the Steelers.
The guy the Ravens locked out of their locker room because he made stuff up?
That guy? Why does anyone care what that blowhard has to say?
That guy needs to stop eating those donuts and leave sports reporting up to those who might ACTUALLY know something about it.
Might start agreeing...
So, the counterpoint article that says Ray denies using it, seems fine until the last paragraph. Basically they say "But the SI article DID say he took it, and many athletes probably take this, and the NFL is going to have to do something about it, but lucky for Lewis, it'll take them too long"
Very easily could've said "The NFL will have to investigate here to see who is telling the truth, but it appears, that will take longer than this weekend's game"