Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has turned into a conspiracy theorist, reportedly claiming that the blackout during last season's Super Bowl was no accident.
"I'm not gonna accuse nobody of nothing -- because I don't know facts," Lewis said during an interview for an NFL Films' show on the Ravens' Super Bowl victory, according to USA Today. "But you're a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. (Laughs) No way.
"Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up -- and you grew up in a household like I grew up -- then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn't sitting there and when they say, 'The Ravens (are) about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.' ... That's a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game."
When the light came back on after a 30-minute delay caused by a faulty electrical delay device, the San Francisco 49ers came back from a 28-6 deficit and nearly pulled the game out. The Ravens held on to win 34-31.
According to NFL.com, 49ers CEO Jed York responded to Lewis' claims via Twitter with some humor of his own:
"There is no conspiracy," York wrote. "I pulled the plug."