Current players say there is leadership and direction in the side despite reports.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith dispelled suggestions made by former star Ray Lewis there was a lack of discipline and leadership in the current side.
Lewis expressed his disappointment about the current state of the Ravens side after reports surfaced Jacoby Jones was assaulted by a stripper wielding a champagne bottle.
“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 said.
“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.”
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco also reacted to Lewis’ comments saying the Jones incident was a rare one at best.
“It is what it is. Ray knows better than that. Things happen. We’re usually a pretty good team with stuff like that. If you look around the league, there’s a lot of leadership problems then,” he said.
After his comments caused a storm not just with his former teammates but fans of the Ravens, Lewis said they might have slightly exaggerated.
“I’m totally confused with how someone can take something and make more of it, when what I was saying was so general,” Lewis said. “If anybody takes offense to that, I don’t get it. What did I say that was so bad?”
The Ravens (2-1) will need to put Lewis and the Jones’ incident out of their minds when they tackle the Buffalo Bills (1-2) this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium