Ray Lewis says crime will rise without NFL labor settlement.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says the NFL lockout could result in higher crime rates should the league continue a work stoppage.
Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio: “Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game. … There’s nothing else to do, Sal.”
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Lewis, though a leader on the field, has had his own fair share of “crime” off the field. Lewis, 36, was indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges in 2000. The murder charges were later dropped in exchange for Lewis’ testimony against two companions.
Never one to shy away from the camera, Lewis offers his opinion on the dispute as the NFL and the NFL Players Association enter Week 10 of the lockout.
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“It’s simple, we really got to remove pride. Seriously. There’s no other reason the issue is going on. That’s why I don’t get into words and all that other stuff, because it takes away from life … itself. There’s people who are really struggling for real. There’s real struggles out there,” Lewis told ESPN.
Attorneys, who returned to court Friday to argue the lockout threatens players with career-ending harm and may deprive the public of the 2011 NFL season, were denied an appeal.
The two sides return to the bargaining table for a June 3 hearing before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the validity of the lockout.
Training camps are supposed to open in just two months, the first preseason game is Aug. 7, and the regular-season opener in Green Bay is Sept. 8.