Good news, everyone. Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, now an ESPN analyst, has some opinions about the recent party bus incident during which Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones got whacked with a champagne bottle by a stripper named Sweet Pea. What's Lewis got to say about the whole situation? Pretty much what you'd expect.
Here's what Lewis had to say on ESPN before Monday Night Football (transcription via Baltimore Sun):
We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership, I've said it earlier: "Where would the leadership come from?"
When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they're missing leadership right now. When you have an incident like that, the first thing a leader is going to do is find some way to dissolve everything that's going on and actually dissolve it before it comes to that type of head or even gets to that point. When you talk about the Baltimore Ravens they're going to have to refocus and find some quick leaders in that locker room very quickly.
As much as I enjoy a good old-fashioned Ray Lewis word salad, I don't think a lack of "leadership" was the cause of the fracas. If the Ravens really want to prevent things like this from happening in the future, they should probably just stop hanging out with Bryant McKinnie.