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Ray Lewis helps son of woman who committed suicide

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On April 12, Lashanda Armstrong drove a van containing her four children into the Hudson River.  La’Shaun Armstrong, 10, managed to escape.  He was the only survivor.

Now, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is helping La’Shaun.

According to the Associated Press, Lewis has gone bowling with La’Shaun, and Lewis said La’Shaun needs mentoring from a father figure.  His biological father is in prison.

La’Shaun was invited to Manhattan Saturday night for a United Athletes Foundation fundraiser.  Lewis is vice-chairman of the organization, and former NFL cornerback Reggie Howard serves as the group’s president.

Earlier this week, Howard took La’Shaun shopping for a new suit.  A portion of the money raised on Saturday night will help provide him with mentoring, counseling, and tutoring.

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39 Responses to “Ray Lewis helps son of woman who committed suicide”
  1. mataug says: May 1, 2011 12:10 AM

    Mother tries to kill herself & her kids while the dad’s in the prison.

    Too many things are wrong with our country :(

  2. jstrizzle says: May 1, 2011 12:20 AM

    Hope there aren’t too many negative comments. This is really a nice thing that Ray is doing. That kid must be very scared, lost, and confused.

  3. calhounlambeau says: May 1, 2011 12:30 AM

    This is a great thing to hear about, thanks Mike.

    Mataug, don’t be a downer, things in this country or anywhere else in the world are no worse now than they used to be. Because of the world media we are constantly hearing about the ‘bad’ that we wouldn’t have heard about in the past.

    In the 1800’s people were in prison, and people committed suicide, hell, they even starved to death, contracted polio, died in flash floods, and black people were murdered simply for being black.

    Things aren’t that bad.

  4. tyreeshelmet says: May 1, 2011 1:11 AM

    This tragic event happened in Newburgh NY and as a Giants fan I find it awesome that Ray Lewis, with no ties to the NY area that we know of did something nice for this young boy. I read the stories in the local papers about this boy and although 11 years ago I loathed Ray for what he made me feel like as a fan after Super Bowl XXXV, I think what he has done for this boy is beyond awesome. We all as fans love to bash those we hate on other teams for their shortcomings as human beings, but Ray Lewis is clearly a man who has become a real role model. People can change, and Ray Lewis certainly has. Thank you Ray for making me proud that I tell my kids to look up to NFL players as role models. Thats something 10 years ago I never thought I would say, but its a testament to Ray Lewis’ transformation.

  5. drgreenstreak says: May 1, 2011 1:11 AM

    Ray Lewis owes. Big time. He’s doin’ right. Better continue.

  6. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 1, 2011 1:44 AM

    I wish people would write more stories about this stuff.

    Have a Sportcenter special about this stuff.

    Break News about these kind of topics.

    Put Pedro Gomez (watching Baseball Tonight, sry) outside of Ray Lewis home to talk about these kind of things.

  7. capsov82 says: May 1, 2011 1:55 AM

    a murderer atoning for his sins…

  8. ravensfan4life52 says: May 1, 2011 2:45 AM

    Ray Lewis is not only a great player but a class act. He is truly a great man and sets a great example for kids and young players. if only more people were like Ray this country would truly be a better place

  9. iced107 says: May 1, 2011 2:53 AM

    Personally…Unless you’ve been to a third world country, you really don’t know what ghetto or poverty is…

    Take it from me – I’ve been deployed a few places.Trust me, its a whole new level.

    This country ain’t that bad.

  10. bluestree says: May 1, 2011 4:12 AM

    Right on calhounL, good post.

  11. rstbuilders says: May 1, 2011 5:55 AM

    WOW! What a great stroy, despite all of the negative comments that Ray invokes no one can argue, or justify negative responses to sonething like this. What Ray is doing will hopefully change that young mans life for the better. This is only a small example of how Ray Lewis reaches out to help others. What a great human being. Thanks Ray!

  12. dwight123 says: May 1, 2011 6:03 AM

    God bless you Ray!

  13. flavordave says: May 1, 2011 7:11 AM

    Ive always looked at Ray different after that Super Bowl murder. Im looking differently at him again. Good job Ray. That kid really needs guidance.

  14. chiefsp says: May 1, 2011 7:41 AM

    Some of you are nuts! The moral decay in this country is far worse than it ever was before. Nothing shocks us anymore because we’ve heard it all before. I commend Ray Lewis for trying to help this boy.

  15. bluefan204 says: May 1, 2011 8:08 AM

    tyreeshelmet says: May 1, 2011 1:11 AM

    Thank you Ray for making me proud that I tell my kids to look up to NFL players as role models

    No offense or disrespect is intended, but YOU should be your kids’ role model, and just about any NFL player would tell you the same. They are not, nor should they ever be, role models for your children.

  16. bluefan204 says: May 1, 2011 8:09 AM

    Incidentally, what Ray is doing for that young man is outstanding. I didn’t mean to omit that from my previous post.

  17. hoopsdoc says: May 1, 2011 8:47 AM

    Give credit where credit is due and Lewis deserves some here. I’ve never been a fan of his(Colts fan) but this is pure class on his part.

    Kudos to Ray Lewis.

  18. theravenlives2 says: May 1, 2011 9:25 AM

    Wow, I must say I am pleasantly surprised. I figured all the haters would have their field day, and there’s only a few. I am a Ravens Season Ticketholder, and I have to say this guy has really grown as a person since 2000. Yes, he committed obstuction of justice, but he did his time and has been clean ever since. His number is on the speed dials of half the players in the NFL. He is a leader and a mentor to many, and this story doesn’t surprise me at all. He says that he has maybe two years left, and the biggest problems the Ravens will have is not how to replace his on-the-field skills, but his leadership. A few years ago, the City of Baltimore named a street after Lewis, and everyone screamed. It’s because of things like this – which he does often – that the street was named after him. Not what happened in 2000. I look forward to seeing him in Canton very soon!

  19. Topher says: May 1, 2011 9:33 AM

    And now I can’t stop crying. After I dry my tears I think I’ll go throw a football with my kids.

  20. johnnyshore says: May 1, 2011 9:34 AM

    I don’t get all the praise for Ray. Once a murderer, always a murderer. Yes, the kid needs guidance, but how is guidance from Ray much different than from his father who is in prison. He needs someone that hasn’t committed a serious crime to be his role model, and there are plenty of NFL players out there that are better suited to be role models than this scumbag.

  21. kate773 says: May 1, 2011 9:38 AM

    mataug says:
    May 1, 2011 12:10 AM
    Mother tries to kill herself & her kids while the dad’s in the prison.

    Too many things are wrong with our country

    **********

    Instead of focusing on the negative of this story and taking it as a symptom of a decaying society, why don’t you take some hope from it? I’m no fan of Lewis or the Ravens by any stretch, but this is a good thing. I give the man credit for possibly learning from his mistake in the past and hopefully helping a boy who could be in terrible danger of ending up like his dad.

  22. robsterny says: May 1, 2011 9:45 AM

    I have a whole new respect for Lewis as a person.It takes a man to be willing to put himself out there to be a mentor and father figure. Especially to a young boy who is really gonna need that both now and in the future.
    Oh and …capsov82 said; “a murderer atoning for his sins.”
    @capsov82; When are you going to atone for yours?

  23. jw731 says: May 1, 2011 9:53 AM

    I’m not a Lewis fan or hater for that matter, he’s just another player who doesn’t play for the team i root for. But you can’t help but give props to a guy that tries to help out a 10 year old kid, whose Mom drove him and his siblings into a river with the intention of murdering them. He didn’t have to do a damn thing, this is a 10 year old boy who has gone thru trauma most could not even imagine. I give Lewis all the credit in the world, and it boggles my mind that people look on this as a negative and give a thumbs down to comments here that praise him…As chiefssp said….”some of you are nuts’

  24. realitypolice says: May 1, 2011 10:17 AM

    When I talk about not rushing to declare convicted felons “changed men” after 1 year of not getting into trouble, the model for what I am talking about is Ray Lewis.

    Here is a man that is many years removed from his legal troubles, doesn’t have anything left to prove to anyone, and still gives freely of his time to help others and lives an exemplary life.

    Anyone who is just out of prison and angling for a huge contract he needs to pay off his debts can stay clean for a year or two. I think everyone knows who I am talking about here.

    Let’s see him stay clean and active in the community for 10 years, the way Mr. Lewis has, before we anoint someone as forever changed.

    Good job, Ray.

  25. bucks12965 says: May 1, 2011 10:18 AM

    Before you make a negative comment or a thumbs down to Ray…have you ever done anything this good for a total stranger?

  26. detroitfootsketball says: May 1, 2011 10:18 AM

    ray and others are doing a good thing for a kid in a bad way, thats good stuff

    if you cant forgive ray for something you “think” he did just say nothing, and if im hungry and homeless it wouldnt make feel better thats it even worse in other places that not going to put food in my stomach and the weirdest guys are the ones say that he is a killer but they forgive him now

  27. crabcakeandfootball1 says: May 1, 2011 10:41 AM

    johnnyshore says:
    May 1, 2011 9:34 AM
    I don’t get all the praise for Ray. Once a murderer, always a murderer. Yes, the kid needs guidance, but how is guidance from Ray much different than from his father who is in prison. He needs someone that hasn’t committed a serious crime to be his role model, and there are plenty of NFL players out there that are better suited to be role models than this scumbag.
    ————————————————-
    Didn’t he actually have to murder someone? If your creativity in creating your name only reaches the level of an MTV show following around 7 insecure individuals whose IQ’s add up to no more than 100 then I feel sorry for whom you mentor.

  28. theblowtorchreview says: May 1, 2011 10:47 AM

    Good for him but I can only wonder if he would have done the same thing for a non ghetto white kid?

    Also, I often wonder why these guys always have to ANNOUNCE to the press they are doing something for someone? Lots of people get help from total strangers without any fanfare.

  29. iownyou2 says: May 1, 2011 10:53 AM

    What a great role model for that kid…..YIKES

  30. mswravens says: May 1, 2011 11:00 AM

    @theblowtorchreview: you are a very pathetic, small minded individual. But let me answer your racist question for you:

    I have a 13 year old step-nephew who was an inpatient at Johns Hopkins Childrens Cancer Center. And because you’re such a jackwad, I will add in that he is white…and from the suburbs. He loves the Ravens. He loves Ray Lewis. One day, guess who stops by his room to visit & wish him well? RAY FREAKIN’ LEWIS!!! Ray did so unannounced. Didn’t even tell Hopkins he was coming by…the spirit moved him to go make some sick kids feel better. Ray does these kinds of things all the time for sick kids, at risk kids, etc…without regard to skin color…without fanfare or pre-arranged press releases. He was a misguided person who has made himself into a very good person that mentors others and does what he can to help others. I suspect that if you were 1/10th the man that Ray Lewis is you wouldn’t have posted your stupid comment… ‘nuf said…

  31. diehardskinsfan21 says: May 1, 2011 11:09 AM

    Is he (the kid) in any way related to that guy he killed in Buckhead? Ray Lewis is a complete POS. Just because he is a great football player doesn’t make him a role model or even a decent human being for that matter.

  32. jerrykill4pres says: May 1, 2011 11:21 AM

    WOW, i’m surprised at some of the negative comments here about Ray…

    This is the stuff i want to see in the media. Normally if an NFL player does something negative there’s 200 articles on it. Gosh, if Ray would have only tipped 20% at a restaurant, there would be 200 blogs, and articles about it. But only 1 article on PFT about this? Come on, the media always blows up the bad things, but rarely do we ever hear of the good things.

    I think most people on here would be surprised at how nice Ray really is. A friend of mine played with Ray for a year recently. And all he talked about was how busy he was after football with charity events and things of the like that we don’t hear about. Ray hosts some bowling fundraiser. Well, everyone that bowls there, Ray buys them a ball, bag, shoes, everything they need for bowling. Does he have to? No! he sure doesn’t have to do a darn thing. It’s not his responsibility to have to do anything like that. But there’s way more to people like Ray Lewis than most of us will ever know. They do give back to the community, they do mentor children like this child. But alot of them just don’t want people to know about it. They don’t want the publicity. So before some of you get so quick to judge someone for one wrong, no matter how major it was, or minor it was, remember there might be a ton of good things they have done, and we don’t know about it. I could tell you some things about some of these players in the NFL that alot of you would be very surprised at some of the great things they do.

  33. mrone50 says: May 1, 2011 11:23 AM

    theblowtorchreview says:
    May 1, 2011 10:47 AM
    Good for him but I can only wonder if he would have done the same thing for a non ghetto white kid?

    Also, I often wonder why these guys always have to ANNOUNCE to the press they are doing something for someone? Lots of people get help from total strangers without any fanfare.

    _________________________________________________

    I’m sure your “non ghetto white kids” are being helped out, thanks for asking. Just watch any episode of ESPN outside the lines, if thats the kind of feel good story that only works for you.

    And YES they should ANNOUNCE to the THE PRESS they are doing something GOOD. It gives the press something other than telling US they’re doing something bad.

    viva la all caps

  34. thetechnocrat says: May 1, 2011 11:34 AM

    I’m so sick of this site giving a voice to ignorant, misinformed people. Stop allowing the posts about Ray being a murderer. I get that the Pittsburgh fans always bring that to the table since they are by far the worst internet fans, but stop putting up posts by the misinformed that don’t even know the facts.

    It just shows that this site is rife with idiots who don’t like a team, are ignorant and enjoy saying stupid things while hiding behind their computer.

  35. ravensfan4life52 says: May 1, 2011 11:57 AM

    @iced107

    i don’t care what country a kid is from if their mom kills herself and that kids siblings that kid is going to be messed up and need help.

    and @everyone else calling ray a murderer

    he was convicted of obstruction of justice not murder. if you people knew what you were talking about you would know that ray didn’t and wouldn’t kill anybody. Ray Lewis is a great man, a great player, and most of all a great role model, so stop trollin

  36. paulieorkid says: May 1, 2011 1:58 PM

    Raised near Pittsburgh, I naturally bleed black and gold, but fierce rivalries aside – ya gotta still have mad love, respect and admiration for Ray Lewis.

    Ray never murdered anybody – which some people still mistakenly attribute to him.

    Just a great, great, great football player and a true legend of the game.

    Ray has soul – love his game, love what’s he about. See you in the Hall Ray!

  37. paulieorkid says: May 1, 2011 2:08 PM

    @ thetechnocrat who said:
    May 1, 2011 11:34 AM
    I’m so sick of this site giving a voice to ignorant, misinformed people. Stop allowing the posts about Ray being a murderer. I get that the Pittsburgh fans always bring that to the table since they are by far the worst internet fans, but stop putting up posts by the misinformed that don’t even know the facts.

    It just shows that this site is rife with idiots who don’t like a team, are ignorant and enjoy saying stupid things while hiding behind their computer.

    ——————————

    I agree with everything you said, with two exceptions. I’m a Steeler fan – who has immense respect and admiration for Ray Lewis.

    Not all Steeler fans hate Ray. And I am absolutely positive that most of the Steeler players themselves respect and admire Ray too. Ray is soulful — just sucks his buddies got mixed up in something that went way wrong. But that’s not on Ray himself.

    And he balls like few ever have.

    The second disagreement I have with you is I wouldn’t blame the site for giving a voice to people who disagree with you. I agree with you substantively — but not about your claim that the site should censor views you find ridiculous; and if they don’t – they’re blameworthy.

  38. thetechnocrat says: May 1, 2011 4:01 PM

    They should censor all views that are just inflammatory and ignorant for that sake. I’m sure you’d agree that we don’t need to see Ben’s a rapist posted under every story with his or the Steelers name. Common sense.

  39. theblowtorchreview says: May 1, 2011 5:52 PM

    Like it or not, but Ray lewis will always be linked with that Super Bowl murder. Not mentioning it doesn’t make it like it never happened. You can’t un ring a bell.

    Do you think people link OJ to the murder of his ex wife before they think about his success with the Bills?…….. Of course they do. It’s just the way it is.

    I commend Lewis for helping the boy, but you aren’t ever going to have a conversation about him without the murder (and his role in it) being mentioned. Same for Ben R and any other celeb/athlete who ends up on the wrong side of the law.

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