Former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo caused a stir this week when he mentioned on a FOX Sports podcast that former teammates were smoking marijuana before a Super Bowl he participated in.
One reason I neglected to post on this previously is because it's a dumb, dumb thing for Ayanbadejo to say. If you're leaving two teams open as potential guilty parties, you're doing a lot more harm to those that were innocent by implicating they could have been partaking in an illegal activity they may not want to be associated with.
But Ravens safety James Ihedigbo joined the WNST crew at the Super Bowl's Radio Row and addressed the issue at length, speaking passionately about it.
Let's just preface this by saying he's not a fan of what Ayanbadejo had to say.
"I think it is so ridiculous, foolish, stupid for lack of a better word, for him to even come out and say such a thing because now you’re questioning players’ integrity for the game on two different teams," Ihedigbo said. "Not just one, but two teams. You’re questioning their integrity for the game, for their teammates and for their legacy, family names, all of that, by saying such a comment. It looks like you do it for self-gain to get people to talk about you.
"That’s another level that you don’t want to be looked at. Why would you … it’s so selfish to try to throw teammates under the bus and then you make it worse by not saying any names. It just leaves this whole gray area and specifically – and you can see the passion the way I’m talking about this because I feel a certain type of way about this – specifically just how we are in the Ravens organization of being your brother’s keeper, having each other’s back, being family no matter what.
"You don’t let outside influences affect that. And that happens while you’re a Raven and when you retire and leave the game as a Raven, you still should have that same mindset. For him to come out and say this foolishness — it’s bush league."
WNST's Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester agreed with Ihedigbo, saying that if Ayanbadejo wanted to let the public know this little nugget of information, that he needed to be more specific.
"Why would you even bring it up in the first place?" Ihedigbo then said.
Clark finished off the topic by asking Ihedigbo if he saw, or smelled, any players smoking marijuana at the team hotel leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.
"Not at all, not at all," Ihedigbo said. "We carried ourselves with such class through our whole entire Super Bowl experience. That's the frustration part of it. Why would you say Baltimore or Chicago had this experience happen?"