Flacco disagrees with Lewis' take on Ravens leaders

Flacco disagrees with Lewis' take on Ravens leaders
September 26, 2013, 8:30 am
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Ravens defense proud to step up and honor Ray Lewis

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco warms up before a preseason NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers in Baltimore, Thursday Aug. 22, 2013.

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Joe Flacco disagreed with former teammate Ray Lewis’ recent comments that the Ravens lack leadership.

Lewis made his comments Monday in wake of the party bus incident involving Jacoby Jones and Bryant McKinnie. Now an analyst for ESPN, Lewis said in part, “When you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up. When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they’re missing leadership right now.”

Flacco does not see it that way. “Ray knows better than that,” Flacco said. “Things happen. I think we’re usually a pretty good team with stuff like that. If you look around the league, there are probably a lot of leadership problems then. So, like I said, Ray knows better.”

Asked if it was strange hearing criticism from Lewis, rather than from someone else in the media, Flacco smiled and said, “Ray is one of them (media) for a couple of minutes a week now.”

Flacco said locker room leadership has value, but needs to be put in perspective.

“Listen, it’s important,” Flacco said. “You’ve got to just make sure you’re talking about the right things, which is game play and things like that, how we are in the locker room during the week. “People are going to go out and do things after the games and celebrate and do that kind of stuff. Everybody cannot be everywhere, and nobody can prevent crazy things from happening. Stuff is going to happen, and you’re just got to deal with it.”

A TMZ report said Jones was hit in the head with a champagne bottle by a stripper on a party bus that was part of a birthday celebration for McKinnie. Neither Jones nor McKinnie was present during Wednesday’s locker room media session.

Flacco was reluctant to address the incident specifically, wearing a slight smile.

“You laugh about it, kind of,” Flacco said. “It’s funny some of the things we deal with. I don’t really have too many comments on it, because they’d all be taken the wrong way and out of context. But it’s not really an issue.”

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