Flacco dismisses Ravens legend Lewis's leadership comments

Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco during a warm up on August 15, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says that Ray Lewis "should know better" after negative comments the former linebacker made regarding leadership issues within the camp.

Quarterback Joe Flacco has defended the leadership skills within the Baltimore Ravens locker room, following negative comments from franchise legend Ray Lewis.

Lewis aired his views regarding the current situation at the Ravens as a pundit for ESPN on Monday Night Football this week.

The former linebacker - who spent 17 years with the team before retiring in February - said: "When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they're missing leadership right now.

"They're going to have to refocus and find some leaders in that locker room very quickly."

However, Flacco has hit back his former teammates comments, telling The Baltimore Sun: "It is what it is. Ray knows better than that. Things happen.

"I think we're usually a pretty good team with stuff like that. If you look around the league, there are probably a lot of leadership problems then. Like I said, Ray knows better."

Lewis made the comments following an incident on Sunday night in which Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was struck in the head by a stripper with a champagne bottle at a birthday party.

Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens speaks to members of the media after a practice during the Baltimore Ravens rookie camp on May 5, 2013
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