Superbowl 47 with the Ravens versus the 49ers was a close game with the 49ers coming on strong in the second half. Admittedly, I went in looking to see the Ravens win but was rooting for the 49ers in the end.
In the pregame, as someone who doesn’t regularly follow football (the Superbowl is about all I will watch, just being honest), I got a taste of Ray Lewis’ beliefs when the focus was put on O.J. Brigance’s ALS story and then a later interview with Ray himself. The questions were steered towards the double murder he was entangled with, but ultimately not convicted of. In that interview, part of his defense was, and I’m paraphrasing, “How could God be on the side of a killer?” After doing a little catch-up reading, it’s pretty well known in pro-football that Ray is the equivalent of a “baptist preacher,” as suggested by the Atlantic Daily World. In their article we hear that, while this is Ray’s last year playing football, he isn’t disappearing from the game. He may be receiving a position with the NFL as an adviser.
Then at the end of the Superbowl, with the Ravens celebrating, we get to hear Ray Lewis say (and I wrote this one down word for word), “If God is for you, who can be against you?” Meaning, this mentioned god was for Ray Lewis and the Ravens and not the 49ers. How does that make any sense? God is a fan of Baltimore because of Ray Lewis’ faith?
Ray Lewis’ sports superstition of a god being on his side is a cliche, but I also find it scary that he believes the way he does and has such an influence on his teammates, the fans, and young people. Especially after the double homicide and other reports of violence against women. He is a fundamentalist football player using his charisma and fame to win people (or maybe bully people) for Christ. If you’re gullible enough, you’ll buy into his spin. I, for one, can see through his shit as he comes off no better than the preachers on TBN. Talented, yes, but questionable morals.
SIDENOTE: I don’t know the name, but I did see that one of the NFL commentators wasn’t buying into Ray Lewis’ innocence and god-talk. It was an awkward moment among the commentators (I felt) but the suggestion was made that Ray Lewis wasn’t being forthright with what happened with the double homicide and that all the god-talk was just a way to avoid answering directly. At least someone in the media had the guts to be skeptical on game day.