Ray Lewis said a while back, that the longer the NFL lockout went on, the more crime there would be?
Well, if anyone should know about crime, it’s Ray Lewis.
I’m still mad at Ray for screwing UP the Atlanta Superbowl back in 2000.
Not that I hold a grudge or anything.
But, alas, Ray is wrong. As it turns out, there is no data to back UP his statement.
Sounds very familiar to me.
According to the AJC, the Baltimore Raven said, in a recent ESPN interview, that “…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” His premise was that the lockout affected the fans as much or more than the players and owners.
OK, number 1, Crime is Evil and Evil is usually Crime.
“There’s (sic) too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he 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.”
Note to Ray: I love football, high school and college, but I don’t live through anyone else, especailly not pro-football players – really guys, you’re not worth the cash you get.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution accepted Lewis’ invitation to do that research. They contacted the Northeastern’s Sport in Society center and the paper was told that “there is very little evidence supporting Lewis’ claim that crime will increase the longer the work stoppage lasts.”
The AJC cited a similar crime study.
The Baltimore Sun took the challenge as well, they found, looking at the crime statistics in 1982, an increase in only one area.
The Sun did all they could to justify Lewis’ claim. The newspaper’s Crime Beat blog looked at crime data last season, during the Ravens’ bye week. They found that there was a slight UP tick in crime while the Ravens were off.
Interestingly enough, The Sun found when it looked at crime in Baltimore after the season had ended, that there was less crime.
When The AJC looked for increases in crime during bye weeks, they found “No real evidence was presented that would lead in one direction or another.”
Criminologist James A. Fox, a Northeastern University professor, did a study after hearing Lewis’ claims.
He looked at key FBI data from the last three years available, 2006 through 2008, focusing on the week before the Super Bowl because there were no games that week, but there was intense hype and interest in football. Fox, says he found no increase in crime the week there was no football.
Fox stated, “I took the Ray Lewis challenge and I don’t see any evidence of a crime increase.” Fox, whom I trust far more than Ray Lewis, is the author of several books on crime who also writes a crime and punishment blog for the Boston Globe. He’s also well respected by the FBI.
OK, so maybe that’s not a kudo.
Apparently the idle time doesn’t impact the players much either, well, excepting maybe Kenny Britt and the Tampa Bay Bucs. Other than that, there hasn’t been a drastic increase during this off-season.
So, Ray, sorry, wrong again.
You are why I’m not a Ravens fan.
So this Fall, when the lock out continues and the season is reduced to 8 or so games…I’ll not be rioting, or committing any other crimes. I’ll be watching something else on TV, or reading…yeah, reading…now there’s an idea.
And frankly, I think Cee-Lo Green said it best…in his latest hit.