Amani Toomer rips Ray Lewis, calls him a hypocrite

Former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer blasted Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis for being selfish after announcing before the playoffs that he plans on retiring after this season.

“It’s definitely all about him. Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game …” Toomer told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday in the Super Bowl XLVII Media Center, trailing off before completing that thought. ” I just don’t think the Giants or any organization I’ve ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.

“If you single yourself out after you make a play, that’s one thing. But to walk out on the field reminds me of the WWE, like The Rock coming out. You’re becoming a caricature of yourself. It’s exhausting. I don’t know why somebody would want that.”

Lewis gave excuse as to why he announced his retirement before the postseason.

Lewis said Wednesday he had an “obligation” to his teammates and the city of Baltimore to “give everybody a fair chance to say their goodbyes.”

Toomer says Lewis is a hypocrite.

“If you want to say you’re Mr. Religious and all of that, have a clean record. Don’t say all of that stuff if you know there’s stuff that might come back,” Toomer said. “Those are the things that, when I look at him, I just think hypocrisy.”

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  • Ross

    As much as I respect and love Ray Lewis as a player, I’ve disliked his selfish actions the last couple of months. While his comments of “doing it for the fans” as reasoning for his end game dance and early retirement announcement may be somewhat true, he has to realize how egocentric they look.