Ray Lewis played with Joe Flacco for five seasons – from 2008-12 – and won a Super Bowl with him. Although Lewis and Flacco achieved great success together, Lewis apparently wasn’t all that impressed with Flacco’s intangibles.
In an interview with Fox Sports 1, Lewis said that Flacco is “absolutely” gifted, but that, well, he doesn’t really like his job. “Passionate about what he do?” Lewis said. “I’ve never seen that. I don’t know what looks like.”
Bart Scott, who played with Lewis from 2002-08 and was a Raven during Flacco’s rookie season, could not believe Lewis made those comments.
“How many times are they going to keep letting Ray Lewis off the hook?” Scott asked on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “He already dissed Ray Rice when Ray Rice went through his situation. Now he’s dissing Flacco? Come on, man. You got that ring on your finger because of Flacco. See, that’s what I don’t like. You’re either with me or you’re not. If you’re a teammate, you’ve never heard me say nothing bad about Ray Rice, nothing bad of Flacco. Come on, man. That’s brother-on-brother crime right there. He’s supposed to be better than that. He’s supposed to be from the old school. You never come out publicly against one of your boys. Come on, man. You’re killing me.”
The Ravens (5-4) are atop a mediocre AFC North, but Flacco has been inconsistent this season. He’s thrown nine touchdowns and nine interceptions in nine games.
Still, Scott doesn’t believe Flacco deserves that type of criticism, especially since he’s led the Ravens to the playoffs in six of his eight NFL seasons.
“Joe Flacco was a great teammate,” Scott said. “He was a great rookie. Come on, Ray. You’re supposed to be better than that. You’re supposed to be from the old school. You’re supposed to be the people that set the rules about how to be a great teammate. This is what happens: You get on the other side, and you got to say something, right? You got to say something because you got to make a splash. People put pressure on you to make a splash. When the Ray Rice situation came out, (media) tried to get me to go against my brother – and I wouldn’t, and it shocked them. But that’s what teammates do – because that’s family. You don’t come out against your brother. You got an issue with his leadership skills and all that stuff, you go talk to him. That’s what real men do. You don’t do that. That’s whack right there, Ray.”
Scott, however, has seen this time and time again from players-turned-pundits.
“I watched this with LaDainian Tomlinson, too,” Scott said. “When something came out, everyone was like, ‘Oh, that sounds like something either Bart or Cromartie said. I’m like, ‘What? Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Bart ain’t never been afraid to put his name on nothing. Nothing. If I say it, I’ll say it to your face.’ So when LT said that, he had to recant because he knows I ain’t that type of dude. So people are under pressure sometimes to say something, to splash. You know what it is in this business. If you’re supposed to have intel, that’s supposed to be your advantage, that you got personal intel with some of the people that’s in the league – some of the stars – so say something.”
The Ravens play the Cowboys (8-1) in Dallas this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.