Paid NFL analyst Ray Lewis was a guest on paid sports opinion-haver Stephen A. Smith’s radio show today. The two were discussing Dez Bryant’s non-catch on Sunday, as it is the topic of the day.
Then things got really sideways.
The former linebacker decided to take a perfect room-temperature conversation and put it in a clay oven by dropping this hot take:
“The only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule! There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble! But guess what we created? We created a freaking tuck rule!”
Now, Lewis is entitled to his opinion. And considering his track record, I’m a little reluctant to tell him his notion is misguided. Lord knows where I’d end up. But Brady has had quite a career. Like, first-ballot Hall of Fame type of career, both by number and ring barometers.
Also, you know … Gisele. Uggs. These are things non-sports fans are acutely aware of.
Lewis, of course, is only known because he was a tremendous football player who never garnered negative headlines and NOTHING else.