Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson On Handling The Media: “It’s All About Respect”

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You may not be a big fan of the style of play of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, but you have to respect the way that he handles the media.

In a day and age when athletes look at the media as the “enemy,” the 23-year-old Jackson takes a different approach, addressing many by their names if he knows them, or by “Mister” or “Missis” if he doesn’t.

As the Ravens started the work week preparing for their Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago, the quarterback was asked why he goes the extra mile when addressing the media.

Jackson says that it’s all about respect, and that if he were in the spot the media is in, he would want people to give him respect too.

“I really don’t like to be disrespectful towards people,” Jackson said.

“Especially people who are in a great position, like what you guys do. I really just like to respect you guys because I know I would want to be respected if I was doing your job.”

Many have been negative about Jackson going 0-2 for the Ravens in the postseason thus far. They lost to the Titans in a huge upset last season. They were the best team in the regular season, winning 14 of 16 games.

Jackson will have to hear all week about stepping up, and while he’s already been hearing it from all sides, he’s been professional about how he answers questions and how he treats those who ask them.

“I don’t really care about what people got to say,” Jackson said.

“It is what it is, but I’m definitely trying to erase that narrative right there. That’s No.1 right now in my mind.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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