October 09, 2004

J. Lewis guilty of more than bad judgment

Does sports columnist David Steele seriously believe that the only thing Jamal Lewis is guilty of is bad judgment ["If his game was balls, strikes, Raven would be getting walk," Thursday]?

Bad judgment is not setting up a drug deal that involves kilos of cocaine - that's called drug trafficking.

Does Mr. Steele have any idea how much a kilo of cocaine is? This was not a matter of personal use - this was an extremely large amount of cocaine.

If this transaction had been real, that cocaine would have been distributed throughout the streets of Atlanta, furthering the destruction that city is facing due to the drug crisis.

And to compare him to Gary Sheffield? Seriously?

Gary Sheffield applied a cream allegedly containing a banned steroid to his knee. In what world is this similar to facilitating a transaction for kilos of cocaine?

Mr. Steele's column is incredibly irresponsible. I've lived in Baltimore for just a short time, but I've already seen what huge fans this city is of its Ravens. One constantly sees kids wearing Jamal Lewis jerseys. What kind of impact is Lewis' "bad judgment" going to have on them?

Rosemary Brewer Baltimore

Ravens should punish J. Lewis for guilty plea

Word now comes that Jamal Lewis has pleaded guilty to drug charges and faces jail time in the near future. Ravens fans are happy that he will not have to miss any games for the trial and he can serve his jail time in the offseason.

I know that if I had the same type of issues (drug test failures and legal problems), I would be let go from my job and would be serving jail time right now.

I guess what's important is not that the best offensive player for the Ravens has a known history of drug-related issues, but how many games he is going to miss.

Does this seem right? The Ravens should step up and suspend or fire him from the team like any other employer would do.

Steve Howard Columbia

Billick comment shows arrogance, ignorance

I was very disturbed to hear Ravens coach Brian Billick refer to Jamal Lewis' criminal activity as a youthful indiscretion.

In a city racked by drug violence and the home of an NFL team with more than its share of criminal charges, Mr. Billick's comment displays his arrogance and ignorance of what so many of Baltimore's citizens have to deal with on a daily basis.

Supporting Mr. Lewis in his time of crisis is commendable; dismissing the possible tragic impact on a community in such a flippant manner is insulting as well as potentially harmful.

Billick and the Ravens owe the city of Baltimore a sincere apology.

Tick Hurley Columbia

Hymes must remain starter for Ravens

What does receiver Randy Hymes have to do to break the starting lineup for the Ravens?

He has shown he has abilities that surpass Travis Taylor's, albeit rough around the edges. He possesses a natural ability to go after the ball (even in a crowd), something Taylor does not possess.

Hymes is a definite diamond in the rough. His upside far surpasses that of Taylor.

If Taylor regains his starting position when he is healthy, it tells me that Ravens politics are at play again. Someone in the organization wants Taylor to start, perhaps to prove that his acquisition a few years ago was not a bust.

Patrick R. Lynch Parkville

Article on Friedgen showed human side

Great article by Kevin Van Valkenburg on Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen ["In Bear's tracks," Friday].

As a Maryland graduate and a Baltimore sports fan, it would be nice to see more profile pieces on current and past local sports stars.

Fans don't often get to know the human side of the athletes we cheer for and support.

Carroll Ziegler Baltimore

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