Soon-to-be free-agent receiver Wes Welker likely can remove the Ravens from his list of potential destinations.
Welker’s wife launched a Facebook tirade against Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after Sunday’s AFC title game, in which Mrs. Welker criticizes Lewis for being “[a]cquitted for murder” and “[p]aid a family off,” via The Big Lead.
She has since apologized for her comments. “I let the competitiveness of the game and the comments people were making about a team I dearly love get the best of me,” Welker’s wife told Larry Brown Sports. “My actions were emotional and irrational and I sincerely apologize to Ray Lewis and anyone affected by my comment after yesterday’s game.”
It still likely won’t be enough to persuade Ray’s teammates to forgive and forget. As Peter King pointed out last week, Ravens players were “hooting and hollering disrespect” at USA Today reporter Robert Klemko after the postseason win over the Broncos, because Klemko had dared to ask Ray Lewis about the still-unsolved double murder with evidence including the blood of one of the victims being found in his limo and Lewis telling the passengers in the limo to “keep their mouths shut” and the white suit Lewis was wearing that evening never being located and Lewis eventually pleading guilty to obstruction of justice for making misleading statements to police about the incident.
The case likely won’t be mentioned much in the days preceding the Super Bowl. Frankly, it’s hard to say whether it should or shouldn’t be. On one hand, it happened 13 years ago. On the other hand, the unsolved double murder became completely forgotten in the 12 years since former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe offered a spirited defense of Lewis at media day prior to Super Bowl XXXV.