Future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis went on a bizarre Odell Beckham Jr. rant on FS1's “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Monday afternoon, leading with the assertion that "Odell has removed God from his life."
It's pointless to summarize Lewis' message. It's more meaningful for you to see it verbatim:
Cowherd asks Lewis what he would tell Beckham if he sat with him now.
Lewis: "Where there's no God, there's chaos. Odell has removed God from his life. This is a kid that grew up under the covenant of who God really is. And everything that he's doing, he's crying out for help. We have a lot of people reporting about him, but it's always been the duty of elders to go back to help them. So that's why I raised my hand, and I told him, 'I'm here. Whatever you need.'"
Cowherd: What'd he say?
Lewis: "It's not what he said. It was the commitment he started to make. So we started to make those phone calls. We started to have conversation. And then I started to see he started to distance his-self a little more, a little more, and a little more. And the moment — just listen to me, Colin, I'm not talking about religion, I'm talking about a foundation. When your foundation is disturbed, when everything you're doing is the opposite of what's got you to this place, then you're making your own bed."
See Beckham through his career:
Cowherd: In Baton Rouge it was football.
Lewis: "It's simple. It's simple."
Cowherd: His life is less football today.
Lewis: "It's less football, guess why? I tell people this all the time. I just spoke at this church a couple of days ago: 'You show me your crowd, I will show you your future.' Man, Justin Timberlake ain't never played no football. I love Justin. But Justin ain't gettin' out there on that ground like that. These guys he hangin' out with, they're in studios all night, they don't have to get up, they don't have a time-, they don't have no discipline when it comes to athleticism."
Cowherd: It's a different discipline.
Lewis: "It's a totally different discipline. And when you see what Odell is doin' to himself…"
The version of the interview I saw cut off after that.
See Lewis through his career:
Beckham, of course, has made some poor choices in his young age, but nothing he's done even enters the neighborhood of Lewis' alleged off-field actions.
Lewis, you may recall, was charged with two counts of murder in two Jan. 2000 nightclub stabbings but pleaded guilty only to obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor, after striking a deal with prosecutors in exchange for testimony against his companions that night. This USA Today piece recounts the incident.
Lewis was voted into the Hall of Fame and is scheduled to be inducted in August.