Ray Lewis Defends Post Game Dance

Jan 6, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (52) dances for wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) and wide receiver Torey Smith (82) following the game of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at M

Ray Lewis is famous for his pre game dance as he comes out of the tunnel in Baltimore. With this being his last ride as a Baltimore Raven, and the way the seeding works in the playoffs, this was set to be Ray Lewis’s last game in Baltimore. He of course had his hyped dance the highlight of kick off.

But when the game was winding down, Ray Lewis came out onto the field with the offense for the last play of the game in the victory formation. As soon as the whistle blew he did his famous dance. Some Colts players took exception to this dance.

“I saw it as disrespectful,” Wayne said, via Jake Query of WNDE. “They’d already had a tribute every quarter.”

Well Ray Lewis is obviously and expectedly defending his post game dance, and claims it wasn’t about offending anyone, simply celebrating himself. Teammate Ray Rice is the one who informed Lewis of Wayne’s comment.

“That was about capping off a heck of a legacy of 17 years. When he was in Pop Warner playing football, I was in Baltimore. To salute my city that way, I guess the trot around the field was disrespectful too. No. It wasn’t even about them. The game was over,” Lewis said, via the team’s website. “I didn’t go towards their sideline or make no big issue of that because I’ve never been that type of player. But [it was] to salute my city, knowing that people love to see that.”

Ray Lewis even offered a possible alternative to the reason behind Wayne’s comments.

“Of course after a loss everybody is bitter,” Lewis said. “I’ve felt the same way many times.”

Ray Lewis also went on to vocalize his admiration for the Indianapolis Colts’ receiver. Wayne is a Miami Hurricane like Ray Lewis, and also good friends with Lewis’ long time teammate Ed Reed.

“I love Reggie to death. Reggie will tell you how much I love him. There was never nothing personal between him and the Colts. I texted Chuck [Pagano] immediately after the game and told him how much I care for him, how much I love him. It wasn’t even about them. It was about me honoring my team and honoring my city.”

Here is the real question. When will see the dance again? After every postseason victory this year? In the intros for the Superbowl? Who knows as Lewis fights for the elusive Vince Lombardi Trophy one more time.

Topics: Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Ray Lewis, Reggie Wayne

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