Toomer Blasts Ray Lewis – Amani Toomer spoke his mind last week and blasts Ray Lewis for singling himself out on the field. The former New York Giants receiver explains that the Baltimore Ravens player is playing antics that is only about him and not the team.
“It’s definitely all about him. Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game …” he told USA Today Sports. ” I just don’t think the Giants or any organization I’ve ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.”
Toomer said that if an NFL player makes a play on the field, that’s one thing, but “to walk out on the field reminds me of the WWE, like The Rock coming out. You’re becoming a caricature of yourself. It’s exhausting. I don’t know why somebody would want that.”
Toomer also had more to say about Lewis and his religion.
“If you want to say you’re Mr. Religious and all of that, have a clean record. Don’t say all of that stuff if you know there’s stuff that might come back,” Toomer said. “Those are the things that, when I look at him, I just think hypocrisy.”
You won’t see a former player rip a current star player like that very often.
As for how Lewis will act during his final game, the Super Bowl, is only a matter of time.
Following a Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta on January 31, 2000, a fight broke out between Lewis and his two companions, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, and another group of people, resulting in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar.
The three men were indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges. The white suit Lewis was wearing the night of the killings has never been found. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard alleged the blood-stained suit was dumped in a garbage bin outside a fast-food restaurant. A knife found at the scene did not have any fingerprints or DNA.
Lewis subsequently testified that Oakley and Sweeting had bought knives earlier in Super Bowl week from a Sports Authority where Lewis had been signing autographs.
Baker’s blood was found inside of Lewis’s limousine.
The murder charges against Lewis were dismissed in exchange for his testimony against Oakley and Sweeting, and his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.
Oakley and Sweeting were acquitted of the charges in June 2000. No other suspects have ever been arrested for the crime.
Lewis admitted he gave a misleading statement to police on the morning after the killings and was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $250,000 by the NFL.