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Baltimore Ravens’ star Ray Lewis is known for his intensity on the field. But in his latest comments on the NFL lockout, the star claimed things would get ugly off the field if players couldn’t get back to the game.

In an interview with ESPN, the middle linebacker says that the streets won’t be safe if the NFL lockout continues pass the start of the regular season. Speaking with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, Ray expressed his concern that violence would spike without football:

“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.”

When asked by Paolantonio why he believed that crime would increase if team owners and players’ union did not come to an agreement, Ray replied simply:

“There’s nothing else to do.”

While I can think of several things to do with an extended vacation (jet ski, read a new book, have a spa day, take a trip to the outlets), Ray told ESPN that for NFL players the idle time provided more of an opportunity for wrongdoing.

Since the lockout began, 12 NFL players have gotten themselves arrested. According to Sports Illustrated, this number is up from eight arrests during the same period last year. Since Ray’s comments aired, several owners and coaches have disagreed with his assessment saying that the lockout will not lead to a national crime spree.

Ray is not only concerned for players but people who depend on them as well, saying:

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us…Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

You can watch the full interview here:

What do you think of Ray’s claims:  is he talking reckless or speaking the truth?  Share your thoughts Clutchettes and gents!

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