After a report surfaced about wide receiver Jacoby Jones getting hit over the head by a stripper with a champagne bottle, former linebacker Ray Lewis questioned the Baltimore Ravens leadership.
“When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they’re missing leadership right now,” Lewis said on ESPN in Oakland prior to the Denver Broncos’ win over the Raiders, according to The Baltimore Sun.
“When you have an incident like that, the first thing a leader is going to do is find some way to dissolve everything that’s going on and actually dissolve it before it comes to that type of head or even gets to that point. When you talk about the Baltimore Ravens they’re going to have to refocus and find some quick leaders in that locker room very quickly.”
Wide receiver Torrey Smith took exception to the retired linebacker’s comment.
“We have great leadership, so to say because of one incident, that it’s a leadership issue, to me, is a joke because everyone is not going to always be around and incidents happen,” Smith told The Baltimore Sun while participating in a Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake construction project in Baltimore. “Stuff happens in the locker room, stuff happens in the spur of the moment. Now, if it happens every week, all the time, then that’s a problem. For one incident to happen and say it’s a leadership issue when most of the team wasn’t there, it’s an overreaction.
“It’s only bad because someone went and ran to TMZ. If no one knew, it wouldn’t be an issue. We would resolve it in the locker room. It’s resolved anyways. We just have to deal with the questions from the media. I think it’s funny that we’re doing this, building a home, one day after everybody found out about the other thing. We all know it comes with the territory. Everybody is doing a great job.”
Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach laughed when asked if the Ravens still had leadership after Lewis and center Matt Birk retired.
“Leadership on our team is good,” Leach said. “I don’t think necessarily there’s a question about our leadership. It’s bad publicity, but no one got hurt or arrested. It could have been worse. Things happen. It’s all right.”