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Former Giants WR Amani Toomer: For Ray Lewis, it’s definitely ‘all about him’

01.31.13 at 9:14 am ET
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Former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer is taking some shots at the retiring Ray Lewis.

“It’s definitely all about him,” Toomer told USA Today. “Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game … I just don’t think the Giants or any organization I’ve ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.

“If you single yourself out after you make a play, that’s one thing,” Toomer continued. “But to walk out on the field reminds me of the WWE, like the Rock coming out. You’re becoming a caricature of yourself. It’s exhausting. I don’t know why somebody would want that.”

Toomer, whose Giants lost to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV when Lewis earned MVP honors, did mention how he “loves” Lewis as a football player and called him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. However, he also talked about Lewis pleading guilty to obstruction of justice after two men died during a Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta in 2000.

“If you want to say you’re Mr. Religious and all of that, have a clean record. Don’t say all of that stuff if you know there’s stuff that might come back,” Toomer said. “Those are the things that, when I look at him, I just think hypocrisy.”

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