The moment we all waited for - Ray Lewis finally breaks his silence on the double murders he was involved in and makes a couple interesting statements in the process.
Pay attention players, Ray Ray said something you all should put into practice ASAP. Be careful about your circle of acquaintances. I won't assume to call them "friends" as anyone who would lead you down a bad path and take advantage of your position in life is not a friend. Ever. Far too many times I have read police reports and helped women who were harmed that put a group of athletes in a place they should not be. Far too many reports show athletes bonding through criminal activity under the premise that "we do battle on the field and off the field together." Continuing that behavior will have you and your buddies doing battle behind the bars as well. And if, like on many occasions, it never reaches that point, the distraction and reputation destroying will see that you pay for the actions for a long time.
The other thing he said is something that everyone needs to know is and outright lie that has been sold by big sports to make people think that it's really not as bad as the news makes it seem. That is that athletes don't commit crime more than the general population. Here's the deal: studies have been done that absolutely show athletes commit crime more than the average population of citizens. Those studies will not be published by groups who benefit from the business of sports for fear that it might put them in the crosshairs of sports and threaten their funding. In fact, there are some prevention groups widely used by sports teams who will not speak out against obvious criminal acts because it might threaten their funding. Those groups put out the ridiculous statement that athletes do not commit more crimes than those in the general population. By the way, those groups, one in particular whose center is based on studying sport in society, could actually do a study about the criminal behavior of athletes to back up the statement - but it won't. They know what the outcome would be so there's no need to be definitive about it and lose their funding.
It's important to note that the statement in itself is counterproductive to the work that needs to be done. Let's just say it like it is and admit there is a problem, get it out in the open and deal with it. Society would be much more appreciative of a team or league or organization that will put it on the table and work to eradicate it rather than hide behind statements that are untrue and try to sell it while making sure to put a system in place to cover it up. It's not worth it.
Katherine Redmond Brown and Derek Brown have worked in sports for over 20 years. Katherine has been an advocate for victims of athletes, while Derek was a star college and NFL running back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and New Orleans Saints.