There are few, if any, players in the NFL who are more outwardly religious than Ray Lewis. Sure, some say his whole act reeks of inauthenticity — and sometimes it really seems like he’s on the verge of calling out defensive assignments in tongues — but you have to give him credit for his commitment to it, even if it’s not completely genuine.
Ever since Lewis escaped major punishment related to the yet-unsolved stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar in 2000 (he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and received probation and a large fine), he has dedicated his life to God. This has provided him with a convenient tool for deflecting questions about the murders of those young men — and really every negative thing that pops up in his life.
Want to know what Ray thinks about the fact that the killer was never found and all the evidence suggests he knows what really happened that night? All he’ll tell you is that it’s not God’s plan for him to discuss that matter right now.
“This is God’s time,” is all he told reporters when asked that very question yesterday.
Want to know what his response is to yesterday’s allegations that he took a performance-enhancing drug (derived from deer antlers) in order to get back on the field in near-record time following a torn triceps?
“That’s the trick of the devil,” Lewis was quoted as saying earlier today. “The trick of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy. That’s what he comes to do. He comes to distract you from everything you’re trying to do.”
Sure, Ray. The recorded phone call between you and a company peddling drugs with anabolic effects was the work of the devil. After all, Satan bet on the 49ers.
No one should be surprised that Lewis used this line of deflection and misdirection, but it’s still disappointing for a man who rightly deserves to be called one of the game’s greatest players to be so childish when it comes to addressing the media.