Ray Lewis: When I Played, The Crime Rate Went Down in Baltimore

"It’s like, nobody needs to be mad now"

Ray Lewis was known for the occasional self-aggrandizing statement during his playing career, but he may have topped them all with a claim he made on the eve of his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.

Lewis said that he was such a force for good that his presence on the football field with the Ravens actually resulted in a reduction in crime in Baltimore.

“When I played, crime went lower in Baltimore,” Lewis said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “It’s like, nobody needs to be mad now. It’s like everybody wants to be happy and celebrate

On the other hand, it might just be that when Ray Lewis was playing football, there was one less guy on the streets committing Obstruction of Justice in a double homicide case and hiding evidence from police in capital murder investigations. But that’s the cynic’s view.