Baltimore Ravens star safety has a bone to pick with the NFL, and he’s going to continue to voice his displeasure with the league at every turn.
Reed was speaking to reporters after the Ravens loss to Pittsburgh, and of course he voiced his displeasure with the rule regarding defensive players, and how soft the league is becoming via ESPN.
“It sucks, man,” Reed said. “It sucks really bad. It affects me, man. I thought about it coming into this game, cause obviously it happened the last time we played.”
“I feel like (the NFL) was trying to make an example out of a couple of things that happened a week before,” Reed said. “I didn’t want to do something for the NFL. A little bug told me there was something in the air about that, that they kind of had it out for me. That’s bad. I was like, ‘If you’re not going to support me as a player in your league, in our league, why would you think I was going to come back and wear something on my shoulder pads to support you when you’re just fining us?’ ”
“It’s definitely changing the game,” Reed said. “It’s become an offensive league. They want more points. They want the physical play out of it, kind of. They want like powder puff to where you can just run around and score points cause that’s going to attract the fans. I understand you want to make money, but bending the rules and making the game different, you know, it’s only going to make the game worse.”
Reed then got deep with his complaints, and compared commissioner Roger Goodell to a president who doesn’t have to answer to congress or another political party, Goodell can just run rough shot and pass whatever laws he pleases.
“All of the sudden the NFL is about to be sued for all the stuff that they haven’t protected over the years and they haven’t done,” Reed said. “Now you want to take it out on us? Nah, take it out on yourself. It’s easy for them to do the things they’re doing, fining us and make us look bad, like we’re the bad guy, when we’re not.”
Reed continued on with his rant, and turned his attention to Ray Anderson, who labeled Reed’s hits malicious.
“That was crazy for the wording they were using, like malicious,” Reed said. “I’m a malicious player. Ray Anderson talking about how I’m a dirty player. After 11 years now I’m a dirty? Serious man? … It’s definitely hurting the game, but they don’t care so much about it cause they’re going to continue to make their money. If they was really so concerned about the violence and the injuries and players getting hurt, answer this question for me: Why is there ‘Thursday Night Football?’ We played three games in 17 days (earlier this season)? Why?”
As I previously alluded to, the NFL lost a ton of credibility, when it tried to make an example out of Ed Reed of all people.