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Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: May 22, 2011 8:15 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

There seems to be a prevailing theory that the current lockout has led to more off-the-field trouble for NFL players. (Though you could also chalk it up to more attention on the behavior of players, if you're so inclined.)

Ray Lewis has a more interesting sociological theory, however, in that he believes general crime will rise if the lockout continues into the season.

"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," Lewis said in an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

But, um, why?

"There's nothing else to do, Sal," Lewis said.

He also seemed to attribute behavior of the general public through vicarious living.

"There's too many people that live through us, people live through us," Lewis said. "Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I'm not talking about the people you see all the time."
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It's an interesting theory, though I'm not so sure it holds water, at least at first glance.

For instance, less NFL games actually mean more money for the general public. More money, typically, means less crime.

Additionally, I'm not sure that anyone who watches football is going to see less of what happens on the field and become more violent, if you want to examine the vicarious living aspect.

But maybe Lewis has something here, if only because more free time can definitely lead to less appropriate behavior.

I'm not entirely sure that a rise in crime while the NFL is missing games can even be fairly classified as a direct correlation, either, but if it leads to the NFL and NFLPA working harder on getting a deal done and getting football on the field, then by all means, let's manipulate some statistics.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:45 am

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

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Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:47 pm

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

 It seems to me that more free time leads to more crime by the NFL players themselves. That would be a stat to look at. See how many players are involved in crimes during offseason and bye-weeks and compare it to when they are preparing for a game lol

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:38 pm

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

It's hilarious how important clowns like this think they are.  The average person lives vicariously through you?  Give me a break.  Watching you play football is just a way for people to relax on a Sunday.  The average person couldn't care less what you're doing during the week or the offseason, and if there's no season, we'll watch something else on TV on Sunday afternoons in the winter, and the world will be just fine without you.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:32 pm

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

Uh this is a narcissitic opinion that is completely ridiculous. Point blank. The world revolves around Ray and his doings, goings on and opinions- please. Some day we'll look back on him with the likes of Plato, Aristotle and the rest of them. Gimme a break...

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:26 pm

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

such an accurate post hen. i commend u

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:53 pm

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

hen1991's right

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:45 pm

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

Of course! it makes so much sense!  What could anybody possibly do to pass the time without football?  I mean, this explains why past cultures were so violent!  They didn't have football to watch! Maybe we should follow the example of the French, and institute public Guillotine exhibitions to fill this void!  Whatever happened to reading a book?  Or heaven forbid, you play another 14 straight hours of Call of Duty (MW 3 comes out soon!) on you're PS3? 

So let me get this straight... because of boredom, there will be a rampant streak of crimals born, who would never have broken their 9 to 5 routine, and been perfectly good up-standing members of society had it not been for the lockout?  Please... just another excuse for a scum-bag to be a scum-bag.  Like the riots after the Rodney King verdict.  Or the looting in Katrina where non essential property was being stolen.  I understand going into a supermarket to take food to feed you're family, but looting a 47 inch big screen doesn't fall under my defenition of essentials.  Sorry Ray- you just made yourself look like an ignorant loud-mouth fool.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:35 pm

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

Maybe theres a language barrier between P.A/M.D and the rest of the world!  seems to understand and I seem to understand! But the rest of you idiots are acting so Elementary about this! Grow up and please learn to read and comprehend before posting on the web and making yourself out to be a complete idiot!

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