Lewis says without football to occupy their time, some people will commit crimes.
You figured there could be some residual effects from the NFL lockout.
But leave it to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to come up with a potential fallout none of us may have ever considered. Lewis said, in an interview with ESPN, that if the work stoppage in the NFL spills over into the season, the crime rate in the country will go up. No, not because the unemployed players will be committing crimes, but because some of the fans will be in such despair.
"There's too many people that live through us—people live through us," Lewis said in an interview with ESPN. "Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I'm not talking about the people you see all the time."
Your first thought or hope is that Lewis is putting way too much stock into the importance the NFL holds in people’s lives. Then the thought turns: Maybe this is as ridiculous an assertion as the owners' claim that if the players do not agree to taking less of a share of the over $9 billion industry then some owners will lose money.
"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 to the network.
Well with the lockout now in its 69th day—the longest work stoppage in NFL history—we all might want to double-lock our doors and hold on tighter to our belongings. Because it seems almost certain that the lockout will spill into the season, as both sides seem worlds apart. This could get ugly, if we believe Lewis.
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