BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Controversial comments. Ravens star Ray Lewis issues a stern warning. He says if there is no football, crime will increase across the country.
As Kai Jackson explains, not everyone agrees.
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is known for speaking his mind and that's exactly what he did when ESPN's Sal Paolantonio asked Lewis about the NFL lockout.
"We really gotta remove pride, seriously. There's no other reason the issue's going on," he said.
Perhaps his most controversial statement was about the possibility of no NFL season. Lewis painted a grim picture across America of people without jobs and nothing to do on Sundays.
"Do this research. If we don't have a season, watch how much evil, which we call it crime, watch how much crime picks up when you take away our game," he said.
"I would hope that it would not increase crime without football. Baltimore is a place where we do have other things for people to enjoy," said Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton.
Another city councilman says if Ray Lewis is that concerned about the possibility of crime increasing, he should do something about it. He issued a challenge to the linebacker.
"Well, Ray...that's pretty irresponsible. If you really feel that way, then come on down. We could use your help," said Councilman Jim Kraft.
All council members agree that the NFL lockout will have a detrimental financial impact in Baltimore and other cities with NFL teams.
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