Ray Lewis is a smart man. He didn’t just go there blindly. He never uttered the R-word. And he didn’t use the phrase that resides in the recesses of our minds like that spot in the back of our heads that we just can’t see in the mirror: If he’d been white …
Ray Lewis, the ferocious soul of the Baltimore Ravens, played the race card last week when he insinuated that if Steve McNair, his new QB, had been Brett Favre or Peyton Manning he would not have been shut out of his former team’s workout facility during the offseason.
Ray-Ray didn’t smack the Race Card on the table like the ace of spades or the double-sixes in dominoes. With a wry smile and knowing expression he just slipped it onto the table like something special from the chef. But we all knew what he meant. If McNair had been white ….
The Titans were hurt, and trotted out their history with Warren Moon, McNair and now Vince Young to show their true colors. And commentators all over the place claimed McNair was not a victim of racism. They were probably right, but sometimes you’ve just got to play it. And watch them squirm.