With Ray Lewis preparing for life after football and an television career with ESPN in his near future it was only a matter of time before he was forced to comment on the Aaron Hernandez situation. This time with the extremely talented Richard Deitsch of SI.com.
Lewis, who famously avoided a potentially career ending prison sentence after he was involved in a fight outside of a nightclub during Super Bowl weekend where two people were stabbed naturally was extremely careful and respectful in choosing his words on the saga involving Odin Lloyd’s death. When asked about if he should comment on the situation, Lewis left him self with a ton of wiggle room.
“It would only be to give a brief explanation on what you know,” Lewis said. “Because if you are talking about getting into the case — what happened, how it happened — that’s the judge’s job, that’s the police’s job. Having gone through the things I have been through, what I learned from that is everybody has something they want to say, and 80 percent of them are illiterate.
“You have to be careful with it. You can’t speak about something you do not know. Give your opinion, and keep it moving from there.”
The interview was to talk about Lewis’ move to the broadcasting panel circuit with ESPN. The always confident Lewis told Deitsch that the “Sky is the limit,” and explained that many people confuse the football Ray Lewis that was one of the NFL’s greatest warriors from the Ray Lewis outside of the football season.
“A lot of people have only been introduced to my football mentality — and it is hard to get people to understand the football mentality unless you’ve lived it,” Lewis said. “I think I am totally different when I’m not thinking about battle, and I’m going to try to be the best at this.
“When people learn my personality and actually get into my head, they are going to be surprised by the way I think on an everyday and every-second basis.”
Lewis’ move to the television game is highly anticipated and he seems to be well on his way to getting to the point of being a big name in the media business (whether that is right or wrong is up for debate), but his comments on the Hernandez situation are going to grab the largest attention given the fact that Lewis has experienced similar issues in his own life. Judging by his first comments he is going to choose his words as carefully as possible.