Baltimore Ravens Legend Ray Lewis’ Passionate Plea to the Youth of His City

The ESPN analyst is missing Thursday's NFL Draft to stay in Baltimore "try and help the city I love."

By Al Perrotta Published on April 29, 2015

NFL legend Ray Lewis, who played his entire career in Baltimore with the Ravens, has posted a passionate plea to those young people who have brought havoc to the streets of the Charmed City.

In the video posted on his Facebook page, Lewis urges “Baltimore get off the streets. Kids, go home. Stay home.” Continuing with the same fire that marked his storied career, Lewis says:

You have no right to do what you’re doing to this city.

Too many hard-working people built this city.

We put this city together. We put this city on our back. We’re with you. We know what’s going on …

But rioting in our streets is wrong.  It’s dead wrong.

Lewis was scheduled to be in New York Thursday for the NFL Draft in his new role as ESPN analyst. Instead, the hall-of-famer says he’s staying put Baltimore. “I felt it was more important for me to stay in Baltimore and try to help the city I love,” Lewis said in a statement released through ESPN. “I do not feel right leaving the city at this time.”

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