Ray Lewis criticizes Joe Flacco for his "lack of passion":
Joe Flacco answers back:
"It's a little surprising coming from Ray," Flacco said after Friday's practice. "But it's been something I've dealt with probably back before high school. It's just part of my personality. When things are going good, it's questioned as if it's a good thing. When things aren't going as well as you might like them to be, it's always a question as to whether is my personality is that of one fits what an NFL quarterback should be. It's not anything I'm not used to. But it is a little bit different coming from Ray."
Ray Lewis apologizes:
Look, I don't have a problem with Ray Lewis apologizing for saying disparaging words about a former teammate that helped him go out on top with a second Super Bowl ring. What I do have a problem with is him using his criticism of a former teammate and his subsequent apology to said former teammate as a completely contrived way to get himself, and his new network home, some publicity.
Ray Lewis was sitting there going back and forth with a person that talks out of his ass so much that it's debatable whether or not he needs a breathe mint or a colon cleanse during a live segment that was dubbed "What's wrong with Joe Flacco?". He literally rambled on and on about his former quarterback's flaws as a player and person for upwards of two goddamn minutes. Don't you dare try to tell me that wasn't prearranged when it was sure to get people talking about a conversation that took place on a channel that nobody fucking watches. I understand that Ray Lewis' role at FS1 is just to ramble on and on until he gets a reaction, and that's fine. I just don't need to hear him preach about how his full length dissection of a player's personality "wasn't about" that player. I'm actually more insulted by the fact that he apologized to Joe Flacco for shitting all over him, because it's serves as a refusal to admit that he was just doing his job. Ray Lewis has carved out a nice niche for himself by being the hypocritical, holier than thou former athlete whose words contradict a playing career that was riddled with controversy and crime. The only thing less respectable than doing that is saying "sorry" for it when he knows damn well that he's not.