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Future Ray Lewis employer dredges up murder case

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis celebrates after his team defeated the New England Patriots in the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough Reuters

If members of the Ravens heckled a reporter from USA Today who dared to ask linebacker Ray Lewis about an unsolved double murder case, they could soon be getting the rotten tomatoes and eggs ready for anyone with a four-letter network affiliation.

ESPN, which reportedly will hire Lewis after he retires, devoted an entire episode of Outside The Lines to the impact of the 13-year-old murder case on the legacy of one of the greatest players in NFL history.

A pre-taped item narrated by Bob Ley revisited the aftermath of the case, which resulted in Lewis being charged with murder and eventually pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.  The package included defiant quotes from former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe and former Ravens coach Brian Billick from the week preceding Super Bowl XXXV, which were intended to force the media to turn the page permanently (or at least until after the game) on any talk of the unsolved murders.

“I find it inexcusable that that organization from the top down from the owner to the coach went into that Super Bowl and somehow acted like Ray Lewis got a bad deal,” Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post said during the segment.  “Ray Lewis got a raw deal?  Compared to who?  The dead guy?”

Lewis may find it inexcusable that so much time has been spent by his future employer on a 13-year old case, which he refused to discuss earlier this month when questioned about it by USA Today.  ESPN’s decision to devote 30 full minutes to the topic arguably makes the subject fair game for everyone else.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today participated in the live discussion that followed.  “There’s certainly nothing wrong with anyone raising questions about murders that are unsolved,” Hiestand said.

Indeed, if the media outlet that will soon be issuing paychecks to Lewis can raise those questions, then anyone can.

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  1. thetooloftools says: Jan 23, 2013 11:17 PM

    Well. he was there.
    He’s not dead.
    And found God.
    And he has how many children to how many women?
    Like the truth shouldn’t count?
    He’s a gifted B.S. artist who can ball.

  2. downslide33 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:18 PM

    Good. It’s about time that someone brought the murder up.

    Someone needs to ask Ray where the suit he was wearing that night is.

  3. 619sdfan4life says: Jan 23, 2013 11:20 PM

    Let this go already. Who ever brought this up in the first place needs to be slapped.

    In other news OJ Simpson admitted to killing his wife and her lover.

  4. knowmewell85 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:23 PM

    Am I the only one who is sick of Ray Lewis taking bible verses out of context? Sorry but “no weapon formed against me shall prosper” does not mean “the other team will not score more points that the raves”.

    You look and sound dumb Ray. God can careless about a football game. He simply gave you the ability and talent to play – that’s it. Geesh, please stop with the bible quotes you are making believers look bad and it’s embarrassing.

  5. lbijake says: Jan 23, 2013 11:25 PM

    The only time I will watch him on ESPN is if he is wearing the white suit. The actions in ESPN in hiring him shows the continuing erosion of values and that money will reign supreme.

    It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to gain entrance into heaven.

  6. cmehustle says: Jan 23, 2013 11:27 PM

    Yea, that’s the problem. Decisions you make determines your future. So unfortunatley in life you hope you dont make a decision that destroys yours or someone elses life. Personally Ive made some terrible decisions in my life, so I can sympathize with Ray but the bottom line is someone died because he decided to hang out with some idiots who didnt care about his or their own futures for that matter. You cant get rid of people like that fast enough.

  7. ivyleaf98 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:27 PM

    I find it odd that days or weeks leading up to the 2010 superbowl, not one member of the media asked Big Ben about his 2x rape allegations. The case in Nevada is still open, where he is reportedly being sued by the accuser.

  8. bh83 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:30 PM

    People put all the faith in the world in our criminal justice system when their guy is exonerated yet would called it unjust, corrupt and unfair if their guy were found guilty. Don’t you hate double standards? Especially when they are based on fan affiliation.

  9. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:32 PM

    Dude is a phony and his fake tears when the cameras are rolling is disgusting. Got away with murder, stop acting like you’re some kind of saint.

  10. brintfatre says: Jan 23, 2013 11:33 PM

    If Brett Favre or Peyton Manning had been there that night nobody would be accusing them of anything.

  11. dino2997 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:33 PM

    The Ray Lewis act is old and tired. It’s a shame he will now be on ESPN. I for one am not looking forward to it.

  12. bennyb82 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:34 PM

    One thing is for sure…whatever happened that night forced Ray to grow up and become a positive influence on the people around him. In my opinion. that is far better than us paying for him to rot in a jail cell. Of course, for every Ray there is probably 99 others who wouldnt change a thing after a similar incident…and that would be scary to not have the 99 others locked up.

  13. dmason85 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:35 PM

    A court of law determined that the two men who stuck knives in the other men acted in self-defense. Ray Lewis was neither of those men. “As much as some of you want to, we’re not going to retry this. It’s inappropriate, and you’re not qualified” – Brian Billick

  14. beerbudsnbevo says: Jan 23, 2013 11:37 PM

    The Atlanta P.D. screwed that investigation up from the get go…

    They thought they caught a big fish and jumped to conclusions, instead of conducting the investigation properly.

    Then you have a multimillion dollar athlete with a lawyer telling him to keep his mouth shut and he would get him out of trouble.

    At least we know O.J. did it….

    Move on

  15. pftard says: Jan 23, 2013 11:37 PM

    This has been a well documented case. It’s ridiculous that these ‘Reporters’ think that these questions haven’t already been asked. If any of them were legitimate ‘Journalists’, they would just research the subject and present the facts they already have.

    I don’t care if they want to do a story around this subject, but please.., do a little research and present the story in an accurate format and stop acting like the questions are new or unanswered.

  16. jerseyguy65 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:38 PM

    Where’s the white suit Ray??? thats why you’re not in jail, because you got rid of it, told everyone in the limo to keep quiet and paid them off, and paid off the guys who took the rap, and even they got off because YOU got rid of all the evidence. Real class act.

  17. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 23, 2013 11:38 PM

    I couldn’t care less about the Ravens or their fans. But, for God’s sake give it a rest.

    Where has this story been in the last 13 years?! Seriously, I swear no one has brought this up. But, Now?!

    Let it go people! You have no proof that he murdered anyone, any more than you do that he didn’t. So unless you have proof that he killed anyone, let it go!

  18. purplepain5 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:38 PM

    I don’t know how this is a “news” story. Nothing has changed in this case since it has been finished 13 YEARS AGO! For goodness sakes drop it, and people stop attacking like you were there and know exactly how things went down.

  19. isthereanyusernamesleft says: Jan 23, 2013 11:38 PM

    Thank you. So tired of hearing how great this pos is. Wes welker’s wife was exactly right!!

  20. benihanagt says: Jan 23, 2013 11:39 PM

    But he does a dance and cries at the national anthem and does a bunch of religious stuff!

  21. ripster65 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:39 PM

    Kaep trademark why?

  22. dmason85 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:40 PM

    In the eyes of the American justice system, no murder took place that night, and Ray Lewis did nothing to contribute to the deaths of those two men. Unless you have some evidence that you’ve been withholding, I suggest you shut your mouth.

  23. coltzfan166 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:40 PM

    Ok so in case y’all didn’t know, but his two buddies that were with him that night were also acquitted of murder charges due to self defense and they never said Ray did anything. Just sayin…

  24. jssgriffi says: Jan 23, 2013 11:40 PM

    You ever wonder why he prays so much and shows so much glory to god? I think it’s because he knows he was guilty or had something to do with it and he is just asking for forgiveness from god. He almost over acts with his prayers. Just something about him that screams “guilty conscience”. He may be a great person today but I really think who he is today is because of him getting off of that murder conviction. He doesn’t hang around with them kinda ppl anymore he doesn’t live that kinda lifestyle no more. It’s said that the murder victims family has no closure. They probably can’t stomach watching Lewis play on Sundays. He definitely was involved with the murder and there is no reason he should be on the football field but hey maybe that’s why he prays.

  25. canuck54143 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:44 PM

    Snoop Dogg says my bro Ray Ray is innocent….. Murder was the case they gave me! I’m innocent, I’m innocent, I’m innocent, wait I mean Ray Ray

  26. jameslongstaffe says: Jan 23, 2013 11:45 PM

    Football people are fooled easily, just because they love football so much they cannot see what others on the outside can. Ray Lewis has children from multiple mothers, & is a preacher? He has been implicated in an unsolved murder case that sure sounds that he was at the very least associated. Can you not see a red flag? I am sure Ray Lewis will continue to be a leader, but who said leaders are the types a person should follow? I can think of many examples of persuasive people that were off base. Good riddance Ray, I am not afraid of you.

  27. kilo0986 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:50 PM

    “Ray Lewis got a raw deal? Compared to who? The dead guy? Lmao that was funny.

  28. scarletmacaw says: Jan 23, 2013 11:52 PM

    Unsolved? In what universe? The two co-defendants killed the victims, and were found not guilty by the jury, no doubt because they were attacked first and it was considered self-defense (or at least the prosecution could not prove otherwise). Lewis did not participate in the fight, except to try and hurry his friends away. He should have been charged with obstruction at the outset. He should never have been charged with murder, but the prosecutor wanted to make a name for himself. There was plenty of testimony released before and during the trial that made that clear to anyone who was paying attention. Bob Ley either knows this, or he’s an idiot.

  29. jdfrox says: Jan 23, 2013 11:55 PM

    For the record, what the hell would his suit have proven? It no doubt had blood on it, perhaps even blood from the victims. That doesn’t mean he stabbed them though. His “friends” stab the guys, they would have blood on their hands. They get in the car with him, they are all going to have blood on them. I know you’ve all got it figured out, but the case was tried 13 years ago and the murder charges were dropped. There is nothing new to discuss.

  30. milkcan44 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:56 PM

    Every inner-city cop will tell you that the biggest problem they have in solving serious homicides is that people who have information protect the suspect. Everyone in the court knew Lewis knew much more than he was telling – he told only enough to avoid a felony charge. Some great leader – Mr. Billick, Mr. Sharpe, Mr. Harbaugh. Mr. Biscotti, and all you other Ravens

  31. vincentbojackson says: Jan 23, 2013 11:57 PM

    Why would a future employer question a silly thing like an un solved murder where you disposed of the clothes you were wearing that night?

  32. Stiller43 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:01 AM

    But everyone keep playing up a guy charged with murder in an unsolved murder as a hero.

    Hey ray, wheres your suit you wore that night? You destroyed it for WHAT reason again?

  33. dmartin17 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:03 AM

    Anyone remember when ESPN was a news outlet? They’re in the same beds as everyone the “report” on, it’s such a joke.

    It’s trash tv now. A step above MTV

  34. dabearsk says: Jan 24, 2013 12:04 AM

    When he tells everyone what he did with the white suit and passes a lie detector test about the events of that night and paying off those involved then I think it would fine for the media to stop asking questions once Ray Ray serves his time.

  35. geniusfan says: Jan 24, 2013 12:06 AM

    Never understand why this guy is so revered. He was involved in a murder, yet tons of fans hate players like Brady and Manning who haven’t done anything close to as bad as what Lewis has done.

    Ray Lewis was privy to a murder and he got a slap on the wrist yet tons of media outlets are telling me how great this last ride for him is?

    Forget that, Welker’s wife had it right.

  36. rexranius says: Jan 24, 2013 12:06 AM

    And who are the meatheads watching ESPN nowdays anyway. Most logical people quit sometime in the last five years. Oops, sorry PFT posters. This post will be deleted in 3, 2, 1. poof.

  37. goodelljay says: Jan 24, 2013 12:09 AM

    Ray Lewis sounds like the biggest idiot when he speaks. Faking religion and quoting doesn’t make you a intelligent person. Everyone can see right through this fraud. I stopped watching espn once I heard they are going to hire him. I hope everyone else does the same.

  38. johnnyballsack says: Jan 24, 2013 12:10 AM

    The strangest thing is how Ravens fans act like he has done nothing wrong…ever. Lewis could kill someone at halftime of the Super Bowl in front of the cameras and Ravens fans would insist that he was framed, or it was self defense, or that he didn’t do it. Then complain about a conspiracy if he was arrested and not allowed to play the second half.
    As long as you can play the game I guess it makes everyone have blind faith in what type of human being you are.

  39. dmason85 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:13 AM

    If Brian Urlacher’s friends were the knife-wielders, would you be so unwilling to forgive him?

  40. dmason85 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:13 AM

    The fact that 90% of people on this site are upvoting comments accusing a man of murder despite no evidence or reason behind it is extremely suspicious to me.

  41. kappy32 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:14 AM

    I’m sorry, but your past never escapes you regardless of how hard you try to bury it & downplay it. Lewis, for all intents & purposes, has done a lot for himself & charities since the murder took place, and for the I commend him. I find his religious speak to be way over the top & at times I can see how some people can become offended by it. However, the man was convicted of a crime after intentionally refusing to help police solve a MURDER that he clearly – either directly or indirectly – played a part in. The fact is that a man lost his life & the actions of Ray Lewis were responsible for it – at the most – or have the case unsolved – at the very least. Ray Lewis took a plea deal where he testified against his co-defendants and both of them were acquitted – he knew what went on that fateful night. Lewis shouldn’t be allowed to hold himself out as this amazing, clean, man of God to the public, but then fight people who bring up his involvement in the murder. His actions make me believe that he had a lot more to do with the death than merely obstructing the investigation & pointing his fingers at his alleged friends. What happened to the white suit Lewis was wearing that night? The suit mysteriously vanished when the police were looking for it. If Ray Lewis really is the man of God & stand-up person he wants the world to believe he is, then he should sit down with a media outlet during Super Bowl week & he should address the situation once & for all. I doubt that will ever happen, though. As we all know, just like his retirement, “man can’t” determine his guilt or complicity, “only God can.” It’s very easy to hide behind God. There are terrorists all over the world who kill innocent people in the name of God. It’s a cheap cop out for Lewis & until he addresses the situation, he is a fraud in my book. He is a GREAT football player, but he appears to be nothing more than a FRAUD as a human being. Thank God – no pun intended – that the Football Hall of Fame doesn’t have the “Character Clause” provision for eligibility & voting determination like Major League Baseball does because he could find himself on the outside looking in come enshrinement time. The bottom line is that he needs to stop hiding behind God & address his past because it NEVER escapes you, this I know for a fact as I am still, to this day, being forced to answer for crimes I was arrested for 10-12 years ago. What makes Ray Lewis different than me? Aren’t we all God’s children?

  42. earlcampbellrules says: Jan 24, 2013 12:17 AM

    Ray is one of the best linebackers ever to play, and one of the best stabbers ever to kill.

  43. m1k3g says: Jan 24, 2013 12:17 AM

    Dredges up? Many of us have never forgotten it. Dude got into a blood-streaked limo at a location where people got stabbed. He also pleaded guilty to an obstruction of justice charge related to the incident afterward.

    ESPN definitely is in the right on this one. It’s a legitimate story that many newer NFL fans have probably never heard thanks to the way media such as yourselves fawn over him.

  44. goodelljay says: Jan 24, 2013 12:17 AM

    Bob Ley has an interview tomorrow on Outside The Lines with Rays White Suit. The suit is readh to sit down and tell how it and ray got away with murder.

  45. dougy1970 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:18 AM

    Ray Lewis truly found God when his fervent , pre-trial, prayers not to go to jail were answered.

    Also, has any player in any sport ever played to the cameras more than Ray Lewis?

  46. racksie says: Jan 24, 2013 12:19 AM

    I’ve always said the guy is a killer linebacker…

  47. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 24, 2013 12:19 AM

    To all you apologist types crying “let it go!” and complaining how “old” this story is, sorry. You can’t have it both ways. If they’re going to cover Ray-Ray’s every move non-stop, and focus on every little detail, you’re going to have to cover this side of the life story, too.

  48. tombradyishotgarbage says: Jan 24, 2013 12:22 AM

    He will serve no time for a crime he didn’t commit you idiot!! I hope Baltimore wins the Superbowl so he can make your life more miserable….GTFOHWTBS!!

  49. billyboehemian says: Jan 24, 2013 12:27 AM

    “If Brett Favre or Peyton Manning had been there that night nobody would be accusing them of anything.”

    Nobody would be accusing them because they aren’t the type of people that would put themselves in that kind of situation. Brett might be a pervert, but no one’s ever accused him of murder. And the only thing Peyton’s ever murdered are his teams’ postseasons. This is the ultimate straw-man argument for Ray apologists.

  50. mbart94 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:28 AM

    The sad news is I watch playoff games and see men on tv there with their kids and either the dads or kids are wearing #52 & #55. I guess the parents are as good of a role model as the men wearing these jerseys.

  51. svn2011 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:33 AM

    Its superbowl week so these things were expected to be dredged up. I guess ravens fans will realize what the Patriots went through with the matt walsh FALSE accusations the day of the superbowl.

  52. purplesane says: Jan 24, 2013 12:53 AM

    Let it go! If anyone is so offended by Ray Lewis appearing in the Super Bowl and his supposed active participation in whatever happened 13 years ago, then I say, turn the TV off. Don’t expose youself to the corruption and cover-up. If the justice system found him not guilty, then so should you! End of story or just turn the TV off.

  53. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 24, 2013 12:53 AM

    There is no statute of limitation on murder Ray Ray. The Man might just grab you off the ESPN set some day and say “book ‘em, murder one Dano.”

  54. flockofravens says: Jan 24, 2013 12:57 AM

    so, a person whose favourite team hasn’t done so well against the team for which Ray Lewis plays, doesn’t LIKE Ray Lewis. and such a person writes here that Ray LEWIS is guilty of not just one murder, but two. I see. a person doesn’t LIKE Lewis, and somehow this dislike translates on the blog to criminal guilt. what a great standard on which to base a system of law. you know what…hiding behind a semi-anonymous blog, abusing freedom of speech, and using a sorts website to malign another person is the mark of cowards, self-righteous hypocrites, and fools.

  55. sophiethegreatdane says: Jan 24, 2013 12:59 AM

    Everyone is conveniently forgetting that the charges against Ray Lewis were dropped by the prosecution, as it became clear their case was unravelling and he was not actually involved in the murders. The DA at the time, who was — shocker! — up for re-election decided to prosecute a wealthy, famous individual when he had no evidence. The judge at the time even commented on the DA’s decision to try Lewis and admonished him for wasting time that could have been spent trying real suspects.

    It sickens me that you morons who have no information about the case would log on and call someone a murderer.

    Ray Lewis was NOT acquitted, people — the case never even got that far! The charges were dropped by the prosecution.

    Dropped!!

    Use what little IQ you have left and think about that for one second before you allow your hatred to overtake your common sense.

  56. judo4yoursoul says: Jan 24, 2013 1:06 AM

    there are alot of very ignorant people posting on a topic they know nothing about. So, since your own bias won’t allow you to search for the truth, I am bringing the truth to you.

    Article from LAWSCOPE.COM

    Two Friends of Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis Found Not Guilty in the Superbowl Murder Trial
    By Chris Gordon, Chief Correspondent
    Monday, June 12, 2000; Page 10.1

    Joseph Sweeting and Reginald Oakley had hoped the jury would find they acted in self defense. It took only 5 hours for the unanamous veridct acquitting them of all charges. Oakely hugged his lawyer. Sweeting put his head down on the defense table.

    Ray Lewis was on the Ravens practice field having had murder charges against him dropped a week earlier as part of a plea bargain agreement. He testified against this friends, and is on 12 months probation. Lewis expressed anger against prosecutors saying of his experience being on trial for murder that in his life whenever he was faced with fourth down and one yard to go he knew what to do. But facing fourth and life was a different story. Lewis thinks that any opponent who would use his encounter with the law in trash talk on the field would be heartless because two people are dead.

    Lewis sat with his friends at the defense table for the first two weeks of this trial, until he was given a plea bargain and admitted that he was guilty of lying to police. Lewis then became the State’s “star witnesss” testifying that his two friends and former co-defendants Joseph Sweeting and Reginald Oakley had gotten knives from a Sports Authority during Lewis’ autograph signing session before the Superbowl in Atlanta. When they showed Lewis, he asked them what they were doing with those knives, “I don’t want to see those.”

    Lewis testified that he entered a guilty plea to a charge of obstructing justice. He admitted he lied to police and made a false statement in the hours after the fatal fight. Defense lawyers for his former co-defendants got the judge to instruct the jury that they could infer nothing against them from Lewis’ guilty plea.

    Lewis described a brawl with punches being thrown everywhere. He said he didn’t want to get invoved because it would jeopardize his NFL career. “I tried to stop this fight”, he said.

  57. judo4yoursoul says: Jan 24, 2013 1:09 AM

    More Truth, this time form of Wikipedia. All information has been sourced, or I wouldn’t have posted it.

    Following a Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta on January 31, 2000, a fight broke out between Lewis and his companions and another group of people, resulting in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Lewis and two companions, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, were questioned by Atlanta police, and 11 days later the three men were indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges. The white suit Lewis was wearing the night of the killings has never been found. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard alleged the blood-stained suit was dumped in a garbage bin outside a fast food restaurant.[37]

    Lewis’ attorneys, Don Samuel and Ed Garland, of the Atlanta law firm Garland, Samuel & Loeb, negotiated a plea agreement with Howard, where the murder charges against Lewis were dismissed in exchange for his testimony against Oakley and Sweeting,[38] and his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.[12] Lewis admitted he gave a misleading statement to police on the morning after the killings. Superior Court Judge Alice D. Bonner sentenced Lewis to 12 months’ probation, the maximum sentence for a first-time offender,[39] and he was fined $250,000 by the NFL, which was believed to be the highest fine levied against an NFL player for an infraction not involving substance abuse.[40] Under the terms of the sentence, Lewis could not use drugs or alcohol during the duration of the probation.

    Oakley and Sweeting were acquitted of the charges in June 2000.[41][42] No other suspects have ever been arrested for the crime.

    The following year, Lewis was named Super Bowl XXXV MVP. However, the signature phrase “I’m going to Disney World!” was given instead to quarterback Trent Dilfer.

    On April 29, 2004, Lewis reached a settlement with four-year-old India Lollar, born months after the death of her father Richard, pre-empting a scheduled civil proceeding. Lewis also reached an undisclosed settlement with Baker’s family.[

  58. purplesane says: Jan 24, 2013 1:12 AM

    Let it go and let it be. Again, if your sensibilities are so offended by a player who was never prosecuted for a crime, then just turn the TV off and find a good book. It will probably be much healthier for you.

  59. 1509lucky says: Jan 24, 2013 1:17 AM

    sophiethegreatdane EXCELLENT POINT! Too bad it will be ignored by those who just simply want to keep rehashing the same tired misinformation over and over again.

  60. judo4yoursoul says: Jan 24, 2013 1:18 AM

    So, after digesting all of the information that I have posted above, a fair and objective conclsuion would be this: Ray didn’t do it, but witnessed it, got blood on his suit so he tossed. Not a smart move. Charges were pressed, and after investigating they realized they had no evidence pointing to Ray as the killer, so they made a deal. He testified against his buddies, and plead to to a misdemeanor since it was his first and only offense. His buddies went on trial, and after 5 hours of deliberation (which isn’t very long for a double murder) they were aquitted based on self defense.

    THATS IT. This was a very high profile case. If the DA had any eveidence at all on Ray, there is no way they would have let him plea down to a misdemeanor. Ray screwed up, big time. However there isn’t a shred of evidence that points to him being the killer. None.

    So, if you want to continue to call him a murderer, a phony, or whatever else you want to drum up, go for it. Just know that it is based on your own personal negative bias against him stemming from your own reason, and certainly not on any actual evidence.

  61. tinopuno says: Jan 24, 2013 1:25 AM

    I think many of us are absolutely appalled by the repackaging job Roger Goodell and the sheep in the media have done with this POS. At the very least, Lewis was guilty of lying to the police, as evidenced by his guilty plea to ‘obstructing justice’ in the investigation of the murder of two men.

    It is literally nauseating that this phony creep is now portrayed as a ‘role model’. I will never forgive Michael Vick for the unspeakable things he did to defenseless dogs. But he has earned some measure of redemption for publicly confronting his misdeeds and working to focus attention on the evils of dog fighting.

    What has Lewis done to redeem himself. NOTHING!

    Shame on all those involved in the white wash of this criminal scum.

  62. everyfootballfan says: Jan 24, 2013 1:28 AM

    you people really get to me black on black killin and now all of a sudden you give a sh*t really. then and now, if God has forgave Ray who the F**K are y’all to judge keep the bs to yourselves, how many of you was mad about Rodney King, you bunch of double standard A$$holes.

  63. occamssabre says: Jan 24, 2013 1:33 AM

    It’s amazing to me the level of ignorance displayed from the comments and upvotes of those comments.

    If some of you are so sure that Ray Lewis “murdered” those two men then how did those two men end up outside of his limo? Were they there seeking autographs or could they’ve been looking for trouble and ended up dead because of it? If you weren’t so ignorant you would already know it was the latter. That fact that he and his buddies were attacked by the two guys who died shows, at minimum, it was self defense. Even then, Ray is guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and there was no physical evidence he was directly involved (no cuts, scrapes, bruising, etc.) Ray wasn’t looking for trouble that night bit trouble found him.

  64. deetrain11 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:35 AM

    This wouldn’t have been a story……if the ravens had lost, like the majority of america was hoping for. But since the all-american “code” good guy, got sent packing…………espn decided to bring back this story, which hasn’t changed since 2000. But Big Ben WOULD NOT have been asked any questions about his past problems. And all of you Ray bashers know it is true!!!

  65. CKL says: Jan 24, 2013 1:38 AM

    I dislike Ray Lewis and Ben Roethlisberger (actually I loathe him, but I digress). I don’t think there’s evidence that points to either of their guilt for what people are saying they did. Why is hatred of someone a license to believe everything bad about them that’s out there?

    I’m a Pats fan. We Pats fans understand what some of you good Ravens fans are dealing with, believe me. It just baffles me how people WANT to spout off ignorant comments. Is it “in” to be willfully stupid or something?

  66. downslide33 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:45 AM

    Yeah, cuz no rich , high profile, famous , powerful people ever get away with committing crimes!!!!

  67. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 24, 2013 1:53 AM

    The day Ray Lewis premiers on ESPN will be my last watching the worldwide leader. I can’t stand how he goes around speaking like a minister 24/7, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    I can see this whole finding god thing as a ploy to revive his reputation. He is probably like the guy on eastbound and down who ended Kenny Powers career and then found god, only to find out later its a scam and he really still does blow and parties. Yep that’s the real ray ray and the whole ghetto ravens team

  68. attyken says: Jan 24, 2013 1:54 AM

    Maybe he knows who killed TE’Os girlfriend.

  69. denverscott says: Jan 24, 2013 2:11 AM

    purplepain5 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:38 PM

    I don’t know how this is a “news” story. Nothing has changed in this case since it has been finished 13 YEARS AGO! For goodness sakes drop it, and people stop attacking like you were there and know exactly how things went down.
    =================================
    If it was finished 13 years ago the case wouldn’t still be open would it Einstein?

  70. jlswisc says: Jan 24, 2013 2:15 AM

    A couple of points, some in regard to the poster above.

    1. If Ray Lewis was a “regular joe” this situation would make it difficult for him to secure employment. While he was not convicted of a felony, most employers would be very skeptical of someone charged with murder and who took a plea deal. Thus, if most of the poster here had Lewis’ history, we would be SOL.

    2. Lewis’ suit is still missing. It possibly contained evidence (blood splatter, DNA, etc.). Destroying evidence is against the law.

    3. Lewis has a conviction on his record. He made false statements to law enforcement. Had the investigators been Feds instead of agents of the state, such a statement would be a felony.

    4. The homicide is not “unsolved” as many have posted. It is also not a murder. It is a homicide and the killers were acquitted based on self-defense.

    5. Everyone makes mistakes, but going to a bar with 2 of your friends, knowing they have knives on them is an awfully bad decision (and quite strange)

    6. (This is the one that gets me) If Lewis really did nothing wrong, why did he settle the civil cases so quickly? (One settlement was reported a a Million dollars). With a jurdy verdict finding unanimously that the two others acted in self-defense, it seems very odd that Lewis would pay out under what was likely a wrongful death suit.
    —This is the big question.

    In sum, Lewis is no saint. However. people can change and overcome their mistakes. Unfortunately when a mistake involves the death of 2 people, its ramifications cannot be undone. That said, by most accounts Lewis is a good person who now puts others first.

    I think that in evaluating Lewis’ legacy as man, one must consider this incident.

  71. bigblue090 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:16 AM

    He’s a murderer and he belongs/has belonged in prison for the rest of his life. Everyday he celebrates his amazing football career two people are still dead. He’s no better than OJ.

  72. mantikekua says: Jan 24, 2013 2:18 AM

    Come on everybody, you’re being way too hard on the guy who provided the getaway limo for two men who just murdered two people, told the men in the limousine to shut up and not tell anybody about it, and destroyed evidence so as to not implicate himself.

    I don’t care if Lewis didn’t lay a finger on the victims that night. His actions were reprehensible, and the fact that the media goes out of its way to emphasize his “great character” is equally offensive.

    Oh yeah, if his friends were purely acting in self-defense, why did they flee the scene like a bunch of people who just committed double murder?

  73. evrybdyhas1 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:41 AM

    Facts that get twisted to revive a sensational story again. A plea of not guilty by reason of self defense means the defendants were not contesting the act but rather the motive or reason it occurred. There was also a gun fired at the Lewis limousine. Perhaps he would have been better off with the same acquittal. This is far from an unsolved murder to represent it as such is reprehensible.

  74. bigbadal21 says: Jan 24, 2013 3:05 AM

    First of all Ray Lewis would not have to stick a knife in one of the dead people to be convicted of and considered a murderer. If what he and his 2 friends were doing was a crime and people died all involved are considered guilty. It was the prosecutions call to offer a deal to the individual who was present but did not use a knife. They felt that it would provide a stronger case for the prosecution. In fact Ray would never even had to get out of his car, just the fact that he drove them away ties him to the crime.
    I sat and watched the trial on TV. For Raven fans to say that Ray wasn’t involved in the deaths of these 2 men and that the charges were dropped because he was innocent is ludicrous.
    These are the same Raven fans who repeatedly call Big Ben a rapist when no charges were ever brought.
    The bottom line is that Ray Lewis was charged with murder and it went to trial. During the trial the charges were reduced in exchange for Rays testimony against the other two. You can sugar coat it all you want but it will not change the facts.

  75. rgf1982 says: Jan 24, 2013 3:11 AM

    so why reach a monetary agreement if hes innocent? michael jackson anyone?

  76. contraisloosebuthole says: Jan 24, 2013 3:54 AM

    We all know if that was one of us we would still be in jail with no end in sight.

  77. dgbk says: Jan 24, 2013 4:14 AM

    Im not sure what happen wasnt there and my high horse is in the shop so Im not going to judge. Just curious with the ” where’s the suit” stuff that was a cute statement years ago . You know he dont have it now make a diff joke sheesh.

  78. eleventyeight says: Jan 24, 2013 4:15 AM

    “””I find it odd that days or weeks leading up to the 2010 superbowl, not one member of the media asked Big Ben about his 2x rape allegations. The case in Nevada is still open, where he is reportedly being sued by the accuser.”””
    ————————————————————————

    This is either a flat out lie or plain gibberish. If anyone believes this they either didn’t watch the CONSTANT TV coverage about the whole BS issue the entire week prior to the game.

    And stop telling half-truths about Ben: the Nevada accuser sent dozens of texts after having CONSENSUAL sex with Ben about how much she hoped she was pregnant and how she really wanted him to be her bf.

    Her owns friends and coworkers called her a starf*cker and stalker.

    Stop lying and stop attacking Benn just because your own life is so pitiful.

  79. ken14andersonforhof says: Jan 24, 2013 4:20 AM

    i thought it was normal to apply NFL PLAYER justice, that MONEY and high priced lawyers apply,,”IF THE BLUE SUIT DOESNT FIT(OR ITS BEEN BURNED TO BITS),then you must AQUIT”!!!!

  80. iminyrhead says: Jan 24, 2013 4:29 AM

    By bringing this story up, what exactly are we looking for? Oh, wait …. I know … Its typical ES”MTV”PN … trying to compete with Buckwild now that Jersey Shore is done!?!?!?

  81. dabears2485 says: Jan 24, 2013 4:56 AM

    I already don’t watch ESPN, with the exception of Fantasy Football Now. This is just one more reason to avoid it.

  82. MyTeamsAllStink says: Jan 24, 2013 5:23 AM

    who cares?Did you know Bill Callahan threw Super Bowl 37 to stick it to Al Davis?Tim Brown said so

  83. samapoc says: Jan 24, 2013 5:29 AM

    ESPN doesnt report news; they make news and tell everyone how to react to it.

  84. samapoc says: Jan 24, 2013 5:35 AM

    @ judo4yoursoul- I disagree. That jury would have done anything. I think a better explanation you are missing is that the prosector couldn’t put anyone away with that jury. He lost the case before it started. And he tried to recover with the Lewis plea deal.

  85. selmonfan63 says: Jan 24, 2013 5:53 AM

    At least he will be working for ESPN, where I ‘ll never have to see or hear him again.

  86. jammer88 says: Jan 24, 2013 6:11 AM

    Is this a great country or what? So a guy can kill two innocent people in cold blood and still play in the NFL and the super bowl. Again, is this a great country or what? Ray Lewis is a stone cold killer and will burn in hell for eternity for the killing of those two innocent kids.

  87. kingpel says: Jan 24, 2013 6:18 AM

    My thinking is this.

    Yes, I think Lewis probably whacked somebody that night, but I doubt they were a couple of choir boys themselves so I just turn a blind eye to it. I dont think the man is or ever was a threat to your average citizen. Just dont engage him in a dark back alley and you have nothing to worry about.

  88. wabbitslayer says: Jan 24, 2013 6:19 AM

    Before we go ahead and permanently mount his halo and angel’s wings, can we at least agree that he’s a liar? You know, since even he admits that?

    Just happens to be a liar about a murder investigation in which he was charged, that’s all…

  89. pabrownsfan says: Jan 24, 2013 6:31 AM

    As a Browns fan i say let it rest. The facts of what happened in court pretty much ended everything. Its over. @jameslongstaffe I really got a huge laugh at your comments. you say you are not afraid of ray lewis. You are as bad as the people that tweeted torrey smith. Dont hide behind your keyboard confront the man face to face. Oh, and do me a favor. Let me know when you do. I want to watch! LMFAO

  90. ianwetpantscom says: Jan 24, 2013 6:34 AM

    As a lifelong Steeler fan I can forgive, IF Raven fans stop bringing up Ben’s past!

  91. watermelon1 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:00 AM

    Ray Lewis is winning the Super Bowl, and then he’s retiring. And then you will have to talk about Tim Tebow again. Lap it up while you can… but I can’t believe that many people really care about this. Tons of people are tuning in to watch football coverage and have to be bothered with this? I’m pretty sure even the family of the persons involved don’t want to re-live it 14 years later.

  92. 85pmart says: Jan 24, 2013 7:01 AM

    Maybe Ray and OJ can hook up and look for the real murderers of those people they killed. Is that an oxymoron or redundant? I think not. Wanted to sneak that in before the grammar checking guy comments.

  93. mrp2003 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:07 AM

    For those who want to point out the charges were dropped or he was never found guilty, either was OJ and just as in the case of OJ, there was a civil settlement.

    I believe that the only reason the incident is being brought back up is because he is at the end of his career and it appears he is being idolized because of his accomplishments on the field, which have been great.

    While he will and should make it into the HOF, like OJ, & LT, he should not be made into a great role model. Both the others also did a lot with charities but will be remember as great players on the field but questionable off the field.

    I would not be surprised if one of his friends comes out with a story, true or not, of what happened that night, in about 15-20 years

  94. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jan 24, 2013 7:09 AM

    And this sorry excuse for a human being is the Ratbird fans hero! Sad pathetic fans!

  95. SofiaExx says: Jan 24, 2013 7:11 AM

    I guess I’m confused since I haven’t heard the crying and debating before announcing his retirement. He’s always been vocal; and ‘A Football Life’ first aired ages ago in which he spoke of the case at that time. Where were the nay sayers a year ago? Two men are dead. There’s no denying that; however whatever the justice system decided there comes a time when we need to accept it and let it go. I’ve never seen so much hate written. I’m glad man didn’t make me. Marinate on that. Peace!

  96. erick670 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:14 AM

    Huge steelers fan here hate the ravens hate ray ray but i give him respect at a football point he is a great LB but a murdering thiug of a person

  97. erick670 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:16 AM

    and for u people talking about ben remember he never pleaded guilty to nothing ray ray did

  98. hor2012 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:18 AM

    ivyleaf98 says:
    Jan 23, 2013 11:27 PM
    I find it odd that days or weeks leading up to the 2010 superbowl, not one member

    You know I was about to go there too and call it racism. That’s the reason people or so upset. When I consider that so many people still don’t want to hear anything from Mike Vick for killing dogs. And, make no mistake about it that was a horrible thing to do. But, the same people want to talk about traditional american values, values I might add the were forged during slavery and in the jim crow south when blacks were lynched for simply looking the wrong way at a white woman. But, then I though about Casey Anthony. And, realized it’s and more then average chance that this doesn’t have anything at all to do with race. People in general have a problem when they think something goes against there point of view. I do remember reading out rage against Big Ben. So, it’s not like he was allowed to go on untouched by his problems. Now, I don’t remember too much about the superbowl week to know if it was something that was addressed during that week. And, to the other gentelman that said that Ray Lewis is using verses out of context. I’m saved and have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. And, I don’t think that you can say that his repeating bible verses is any less sincer that Tim Tebow comming out and saying the reason he went to NY was because he believed the Lord led him there.

  99. patsfan13 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:26 AM

    It’s not what you know, it’s what you can proove. Ask OJ.

  100. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 24, 2013 7:33 AM

    judo4yoursoul says:
    Jan 24, 2013 1:18 AM
    So, after digesting all of the information that I have posted above, a fair and objective conclsuion would be this: Ray didn’t do it, but witnessed it, got blood on his suit so he tossed. Not a smart move. Charges were pressed, and after investigating they realized they had no evidence pointing to Ray as the killer, so they made a deal. He testified against his buddies, and plead to to a misdemeanor since it was his first and only offense. His buddies went on trial, and after 5 hours of deliberation (which isn’t very long for a double murder) they were aquitted based on self defense.

    THATS IT. This was a very high profile case. If the DA had any eveidence at all on Ray, there is no way they would have let him plea down to a misdemeanor. Ray screwed up, big time. However there isn’t a shred of evidence that points to him being the killer. None.

    So, if you want to continue to call him a murderer, a phony, or whatever else you want to drum up, go for it. Just know that it is based on your own personal negative bias against him stemming from your own reason, and certainly not on any actual evidence.

    30 40 There is a reason there is not a shred of evidence and its called obstruction of justice. Your worship of Ray blinds you to the question yet to be answered where is the white suit. Self defense says the living and the dead say….oh they can’t speak anymore got it you must acquit…buy that and I have some ocean property in Nebraska I can sell you cheap

  101. Patriot42 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:36 AM

    If he was not a gifted NFL player he would not be protected by those that put a human life below that of a NFL player.

  102. jeffblast36 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:39 AM

    I have tried to watch Ravens football over the years but just can,t stand the way tv cams are always on him.Now he is trying to say that god is a for the Ravens and against the other teams. Ray has now been hired by the trash network ESPN which i never watch.The camera hog now has his own network to spout out all his BS.

  103. gbr437 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:40 AM

    Lets be real here! Do those that are bringing up Ray Lewis’ old skeletons even really care about the 2 victims that were killed! This is just another opportunity to bring down another good person. Im sure he has made his peace with both God and the situation. Thats his cross to bear. Not yours! He owes neither you nor me any apologies! Human nature amazes me sometimes. People love to slander others when they feel like their dirty laundry is secure. One sin isn’t greater than another. So while you’re playing judge to someone else’s life try to remember that someone is also watching and preparing to judge you!

  104. tannethrill says: Jan 24, 2013 7:55 AM

    I wonder if Ray ever wore another white suit?

  105. clssylssy says: Jan 24, 2013 8:03 AM

    Desperate people trying to grab a headline from the biggest story in sports right now and from the best middle linebacker ever because they cannot get the attention on their own merit. Ray Lewis has done enough in the last 13 years for others, not to have to be subject to a bunch of muckrakers and will ultimately be judged by a higher power for whatever sins he may have committed just like everybody else.
    Certainly there are enough current players in the NFL with juicy indiscretions that could keep these yellow jounalist busy; how about Ben Rotesberger, Pac Man Jones, Kenny Britt, Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick, etc., etc. Maybe the NFL shouldn’t allow players with felonies to wear the uniform. Sounds like the work of the Patriot machine who is having difficulty accepting that they got buried at home despite having the Home Field Advance *wink, wink*!

  106. HerculesHochuli says: Jan 24, 2013 8:21 AM

    One of the greatest players ever but man what a fraud!

  107. richndc says: Jan 24, 2013 8:28 AM

    I don’t care about Ray Lewis either way. I was not there and do not know what happened. BUT–all of you mocking his passion for life and his faith, you don’t know him. It would seem to me that you are all just jealous, and have nothing like that in your life, so you say his passion is insincere. No, I am not an evangelical Christian, but I do recognize that when someone is truly committed, has full faith (whether in God or themselves or a cause) there are always a full host of dumb asses around to mock them. I think YOUR behavior and motivation behind it speaks for itself. Maybe Ray and people like him show you something missing about yourselves? You don’t like it, so you mock, claim he is a fake.

  108. whatjusthapped says: Jan 24, 2013 8:34 AM

    In case anybody didn’t already notice, there are two criminal justice systems in the US, one for the folks and the other for those who have money.

    Ray fits in the latter category so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he got off with a slap on the wrists. But please, don’t nominate Ray Lewis for sainthood just because he can play middle linebacker. The guy is basically morally bankrupt and all the sacks and tackles behind the line of scrimmage isn’t going to change that basic fact.

  109. birdbrainsnj says: Jan 24, 2013 8:58 AM

    What disgusts me is people saying he’s the greatest leader of all time. Really??? Dawkins, Reggie?? There’s 2 guys who wouldn’t even say a curse word, one was a pastor, never evolved in a murder, not impregnating multiple woman. This guy is a dirtbag going over the top with bible versus to sound like a good person. You’re going hell Ray. Shut up we don’t buy it.

  110. bills4 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:05 AM

    Come on everyone, let the guy be, sure he got away with murder but hey, it’s the American way.

  111. rockthered1286 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:05 AM

    jeffblast36 says:
    Jan 24, 2013 7:39 AM
    I have tried to watch Ravens football over the years but just can,t stand the way tv cams are always on him.Now he is trying to say that god is a for the Ravens and against the other teams. Ray has now been hired by the trash network ESPN which i never watch.The camera hog now has his own network to spout out all his BS.
    _____________________________
    #1- the cameras are only on him when he makes a play. The fact that he makes a TON of them explains your logic.
    #2-He never said God is FOR the Ravens. He simply used Biblical passages to help motivate his team. If you want to throw the God thing out there, talk to Jerry Jones and “God’s team” that never gets any neg press.
    #3-How is he a camera hog? Does he ask the camera man to follow him around? Does he pay ESPN to take a few extra shots of him each game? Does he talk trash and bring extra attention? Yea…thanks for trying.

  112. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jan 24, 2013 9:13 AM

    Ask yourself a simple question… if you were brought in for murder and you truly had nothing to hide and a clear conscious, would you lie to the police? Ray did. I wonder why.

  113. packerbadger says: Jan 24, 2013 9:23 AM

    Ray Lewis getting ready to take another stab at a Super Bowl.

  114. dtarlow32 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:33 AM

    Let me qualify my opinion: I am a Ravens fan.

    I have tossed and turned with this issue for years now. My mother even made me throw out my Ray Lewis jersey when I was 1o years old right after these events.

    Here are the facts as I see them.He no doubt used to roll with a bad crew, and made horrible decisions. He was obviously there when his entourage got involved in a murder. Maybe he even partook in a brawl before fleeing and thus had blood all over him… I’m not going to defend him but why does no one ever mention his limo was popped full of lead that night? It was not 2 innocent-bystanders that were killed… It was a street fight with all willing and qualified participants.

    It is horrible that these types of things happen in life everyday, excluding professional athletes. I still don’t know how I feel about the events, but he absolutely should be commended on turning his life around whether you believe he is a devout bible beater or not. He is a role model to half the league, people like Josh Brent, Donte Stallworth, Aqib Talib, Pacman Jones and countless others that have far from impeccable pasts. If they strive to be more like him today, the world and the NFL no doubt would be a better place.

  115. irishphilly87 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:35 AM

    Ray Lewis feels the need to get down on his knees and pray for 2 minutes while he knows every camera is around him. He also cries during the national anthem knowing hes on camera… He’s such a self-promoting piece of garbage that should be in jail. Where’s your bloody white suit you were wearing that night? Explain the blood in your limo. Talk about the female friend of yours that testified saying you were part of the murder. It blows my mind that he got off the hook, and what blows my mind even more is how the NFL made this guy into a face of the league for the last decade. He’s been on Madden, hes been in commercials, now he’ll work ESPN who’s turning into trash city. Makes me sick.

  116. tdk24 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:42 AM

    The innocent don’t pay the victims son $2 million.

  117. wacco4flacco says: Jan 24, 2013 9:46 AM

    Just for the record … everyone assumed the Duke lacrosse players were guilty.

  118. briank1ne says: Jan 24, 2013 9:46 AM

    dont worry everyone. the niners will make him pay.

  119. bigalhebdman says: Jan 24, 2013 9:55 AM

    Maybe we should blame Peyton Manning for throwing that interception in the 4th quarter against the Ravens. If not for that (and Flacco’s TD pass to Jacoby), we wouldn’t be re-hashing this old story.

  120. jmblosser82 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:02 AM

    Blood splatter on the white suit could have proved or disproved the level of involvement of Ray, seeing how it disappeared is enough for most people to believe he had a stab at it. If all he was guilty of was helping his friends get away and hinder the investigation, the suit would’ve helped his case. As far as Big Ben goes, he was never charged with a crime. The difference between the 2 men is there was enough evidence against 1 of them, and he got out of it because he turned on his friends.

  121. teambringitstrong says: Jan 24, 2013 10:07 AM

    So, if he were in jail would you sudden;y have all your problems washed away, all your sins forgiven, 10,000 SF home with a penthouse in the city?
    Would you suddenly become financially independent?
    Whatever happened and whatever you think is not your business nor is it going to affect you one way or the other. The only people who it matters to is Lewis and the deceased. If Ray was not a football player you wouldn’t give to rat’s sneezes. So get over it and yourselves and go back to your meaningless lives.

  122. itsfootballbaby says: Jan 24, 2013 10:10 AM

    I don’t understand why reporters insist that the murders are unsolved. The two men that did the stabbing were tried and found not guilty because they acted in self-defense. Which is to say that, while two people died, it was not murder in the eyes of the law. That doesn’t seem unsolved to me.

  123. carnboys says: Jan 24, 2013 10:13 AM

    To all you haters. You are no better then Ray Lewis by judging him. i hope you can sleep well at night.

  124. meldrel says: Jan 24, 2013 10:14 AM

    Does ESPN think this will quell the talk? I predict it will not.

  125. bradygirl12 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:24 AM

    Just because he was acquitted,doesnt mean he didn’t do it. Big deal,he found God. So did half the guys sitting in prison for murder. Those who say he got a raw deal should talk to the families of the deceased. They got the raw deal,minus whatever Lewis paid them to try and make it go away. Go Niners!

  126. md228010 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:27 AM

    13 years next week… Ray Ray will be in Can
    ton in 4 years.. 20 miles from where those boys are buried. Somebody find that white suit

  127. ninthwardfriend says: Jan 24, 2013 10:35 AM

    This country is built on murder. Just ask the native Americans. You losers need to shut because no one was there that night.

  128. dutchhmaster says: Jan 24, 2013 10:46 AM

    Ray Lewis is about as innocent as OJ Simpson.

  129. jnbnet says: Jan 24, 2013 10:56 AM

    All you Ravens fans seem so upset by the twisting of facts and the fabrication of facts. This is much like the comments made towards the Patriots and to a lesser extent, the Steelers. How many of you were behind some of the negetive comments to those teams? How does it feel?

  130. hendawg21 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:58 AM

    I tried not to comment but I had to get my 2 cents in…I don’t think there is anyone outside of Baltimore other than Ravens fans who live elsewhere who believe he’s innocent. This is one reason I dislike the Ravens, every week, every year all you hear is all this praise and worship for Ray Lewis, as if he’s some god or something. There are 2 murder cases that totally eat at me because it shows flaws in the system one being the case involving Ray Lewis and the other the murder of Sean Taylor, I mean to this day 5 yrs + those individuals have still not been brought to trial. I’m sorry for all those who are ready to put Ray Lewis in the Hall of Fame you need to check yourselves…and yet compare his career to London Fletchers and there pretty similar except Ray has played 2 years more than Fletcher and yet a solid, upstanding human like Fletcher gets no love, but of course this has been the nature of the beast in all sports it’s not so much what you’ve done but how much you can showboat and run off at the mouth.

  131. rkiz31 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:00 AM

    Who is this Ray Lewis guy? They never talk about him during Raven games do they? ………oh, the guy who has a knife under that big arm brace?’………be afraid Colin.

  132. weizdumm says: Jan 24, 2013 11:08 AM

    Because of Ray Lewis, I have to pull for the 49ers, which is just another reason to hate Ray Lewis.

  133. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:11 AM

    So i guess his companions/ bodygaurds clothes were found? Thats why they didnt get a charge of obstruction?
    i know ray lewis was, but if they had his suit they probably would get as much evidence as the other guys!
    its in GODS hands now, not enough proof for me to even want to judge him, but he was there and there was violence, im glad he has gotten away from that atleast!

  134. bradygirl12 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:16 AM

    Would love to know what ever became of his white pimp suit,which most likely was covered in the victims’ blood. He was really stylin’ that night.

  135. xinellum says: Jan 24, 2013 11:25 AM

    Obviously, ESPN is out to make money and with Ray in the Super Bowl and so many teams were abused by the Ravens that ESPN knows it makes money by drawing viewers that’s it. Don’t think ESPN gives a crap about that case other than the viewers the show brings in. If anyone actually looked at the case like Mike Freeman of CBS you would realize the prosecution had no case against Lewis and overreached because of his sports status. Do you really think the DA settled on a simple misdemeanor against Lewis if there was any solid evidence in the world against him. If you believe that crap go back to watching Law and Order, NCIS and all that other fake stuff like the drummed up charges against Lewis. Nobody wants the truth, they can’t handle the truth, Lewis did nothing wrong and certainly is not guilty or associated with that murder. But as long as people want to believe it and ESPN makes money on it, then we will here this crap right up to the day he is a first ballot hall of famer. If I was Lewis, I would get on ESPN and on air do to ESPN what they did to him, drag up old fake stories about ESPN reporters who bite prostitutes, are drunken lushes and who have cheated on their wives. There are a lot of skeletons in closets and the best way to get your skeletons rattled is to go around rattling skeletons. So for every Lewis basher if you really want to do something good for your community that has nothing to do with solving murder cases, go work in a soup kitchen cause you don’t know jack s*** about the law.

  136. rcali says: Jan 24, 2013 11:39 AM

    So Disney is going to be employing a guy involved in a unsolved murder case. Did Mickey sign off on this?

  137. tedesco47 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:40 AM

    Isn’t it a joke that Vick spent 2 years in prison for killing dogs. Not that Vick’s crime wasn’t terrible, but killing dogs for sport is completely different than murdering a human being.

    What’s shocking is that Vick came out of prison a changed man, he lost everything and was able to turn his life around and learned from his mistakes.

    Ray Lewis was not punished, and therefore is still the same scumbag he was when he entered the league almost 2 decades ago. He is a child, he is reckless, and his fake tears/over-dramatic displays infront of the camera fool nobody.

    He puts on his best Daniel Day-Lewis, when infact he is Kevin Garnett, with his ANYTHING IS POSSBILE type scenario after a big win.
    Guess what Ray, nobody cares…

  138. rukkus1 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:00 PM

    Ray lewis is scum. If you are present at a murder, you are just as guilty as the person who did the killing if you sabatoge the investigation or stay quiet. This is not stealing a loaf of bread, its murder. His life since then is all laughable. It just so happens that he has skills, and wierdos everywhere love him for the act he puts on. Its unfortunate his ability trumps his character the way it does. He doesnt deserve it.

  139. melikefootball says: Jan 24, 2013 12:02 PM

    ESPN has gone the route of 60 minutes, once a great show to now full of themselves and producing less quality shows. They showed the class they are by hiring Ray with a very checkered past. I’m sure they were forced to even bring the murders up on their show about Ray.

  140. delsol1872 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:03 PM

    Anyone still talking about the murder case is dumb. You need to go look at the facts because all of you sound like Wes Welker’s dumb wife, you all sound uneducated…..probably because you are. The fact is every single one of you is jealous he’s not on your team. Go get a life and enjoy watching Ray retire with another Super Bowl ring. All of you are flat out bums. Period.

  141. gregstep says: Jan 24, 2013 12:10 PM

    All you can ask for someone involved in something like this is for him to come out a better person. He followed the legal system (although he wouldn’t have had a murder charge in 47 other states) and made himself and so many other people better after the incident. He hasn’t done anything wrong since and he has continued to prevent situations like this from happening again by teaching so many young athletes.

  142. volusiagirl says: Jan 24, 2013 12:32 PM

    You people on these blogs are true knuckleheads! Those young men who got killed was out to rob someone, chose Lewis & company and got killed for it. Ray was only guilty because he wouldn’t tell what happened! Just like Welker’s woman (witch) yall need to let it go!

    Just suppose the shoe was on the other foot, what the devil would you say then??? Especially all the gun freaks in the country, which is probably 98% you people slinging mud!

    JUST STOP IT!

  143. rushmatic says: Jan 24, 2013 12:44 PM

    bennyb82 says:

    One thing is for sure…whatever happened that night forced Ray to grow up and become a positive influence on the people around him. In my opinion. that is far better than us paying for him to rot in a jail cell. Of course, for every Ray there is probably 99 others who wouldnt change a thing after a similar incident…and that would be scary to not have the 99 others locked up.

    _______________

    What’s scary is that some people buy his act as “growing up”. He’s done what he needed to do to win back public favor. Look read about General Butt Naked in Liberia. Same story, different actors.

  144. philtration says: Jan 24, 2013 12:54 PM

    Evil media.
    How dare that bring up stuff like this murder, Roethlisberger’s sexual assaults or Vick being an animal torturing sadist?

    How will they find time to bash Tom Brady, Tony Romo and Jay Cutler if they keep focusing on these trivial matters?

  145. dcowboy4life says: Jan 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    Did any of you SEE what happened that fatal night? Didn’t think so! This happened 13 yrs ago…all 3 men were acquitted…get over it already! As for Rays Faith…who are any of you to question ones faith. Yes, I’m a Christian, know there is a God and have nothing but respect for Ray openly declaring his faith. Some of you find him guilty of a crime because he prays??? You do not know the man personally…and you are not to judge! That is ONLY GODS place. “Judge not lest ye be judged so sayeth the Lord”

  146. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 24, 2013 1:10 PM

    brintfatre says:
    Jan 23, 2013 11:33 PM
    If Brett Favre or Peyton Manning had been there that night nobody would be accusing them of anything.
    _______

    dumb.

  147. dcowboy4life says: Jan 24, 2013 1:12 PM

    gregstep says:
    Jan 24, 2013 12:10 PM
    All you can ask for someone involved in something like this is for him to come out a better person. He followed the legal system (although he wouldn’t have had a murder charge in 47 other states) and made himself and so many other people better after the incident. He hasn’t done anything wrong since and he has continued to prevent situations like this from happening again by teaching so many young athletes.
    ****************************************
    Exactly!!

  148. hor2012 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:14 PM

    rukkus1 says:
    Jan 24, 2013 12:00 PM
    Ray lewis is scum. If you are present at a murder, you are just as guilty as the person who did the killing if you sabatoge the investigation or stay quiet. This is not stealing a loaf of bread, its murder. His life since then is all laughable. It just so happens that he has skills, and wierdos everywhere love him for the act he puts on. Its unfortunate his ability trumps his character the way it does. He doesnt deserve it.

    By your logic everyone that happen to standing in the streets of Dallas NOV 22,1963 are all guilty. As a middle age black man I’ve gain wisdom in my later years but when I was younger I found myself in a situation that could have easily ended up with someone being hurt. So, they but for the Grace of God goes I. Now, I’m not saying that he’s guilty or innocent. But, I no that you could find yourself in a situation that can lead to trouble, even if you weren’t looking for any.

  149. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 24, 2013 1:23 PM

    Ray’s refusal to discuss the case speaks volume.

  150. bradygirl12 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:53 PM

    I just want the 49ers to completely wreck his “retirement party”.

  151. rukkus1 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:45 PM

    I see what you are trying to get at with a jfk analogy but the circumstwnces are really quite different.

    Ray lewis at the very least sabotaged a poorly executed investigation. A murder investigation.

    We all have been caught in a situation beyond our control,and im glad your life wasnt affected negatively. Ray wasnt so lucky and i get that. His actions since are what people are dissecting. Those actions are someone who is annoyingly eccentric and highly probably covering up a murder.

  152. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 24, 2013 8:50 PM

    volusiagirl says:
    Jan 24, 2013 12:32 PM
    You people on these blogs are true knuckleheads! Those young men who got killed was out to rob someone, chose Lewis & company and got killed for it. Ray was only guilty because he wouldn’t tell what happened! Just like Welker’s woman (witch) yall need to let it go!

    Just suppose the shoe was on the other foot, what the devil would you say then??? Especially all the gun freaks in the country, which is probably 98% you people slinging mud!

    JUST STOP IT!

    3 12
    Learn some English first then some logic then you can post. So it’s ok to hide the truth from the police? And to think I went to war so people as ignorant as you are allowed to say suh dumb sh–. Pathetic ebt queen.

  153. lp0320 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:28 PM

    Ray Lewis can find all the faith he wants – but at the end of the day, he knows he has to face the music on Judgement Day. To what extent he lied or didn’t, is not for us to say. However, his antics since he announced his retirement have been utterly ridiculous to say the least. The fact that the networks and league have decided to glorify him really doesn’t say much for their standards.

    Ray will retire and sure enough, it won’t be long until he’s in trouble again.

  154. antdam30 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:00 PM

    So a guy with this kind of history is glorified while a guy like Terrell Owens, for example, who is just an @sshole and not a criminal, is looked down upon.

    It seems as if being a good teammate supercedes anything these guys do in their personal lives, which I just don’t think is the right way to look at it.

  155. mrstpaul says: Jan 26, 2013 12:35 AM

    Interesting how many folks take Ray’s silence this week as “he’s never been willing to talk about it”…

    He’s addressed it several times, most recently in the NFL Network ‘A Football Life’ documentary.

    He’s made it clear that he made bad choices regarding the people he associated with and that he was not a good person.

    Since then, there hasn’t been any evidence of him getting into trouble. He’s had multiple children by different women…that’s hardly unique in the pro athlete field.

    The religious element that offends so many…I’m an agnostic. But I don’t have a problem with genuine displays of belief. Lewis has been consistent over the last 12+ years.

  156. leonidas74 says: Jan 27, 2013 10:20 PM

    Just let me start by saying that I have watched the Superbowl every year since I can remember. I however will skip the game this year. I can not stomach what is sure to be a Ray Lewis love fest. The crying and praying and acting like a lunatic during the playoffs did it for me. Along with the how before, during and after game the NFL makes sure you see his face regardless of what is happening on the field. This guy is not the first player to retire from the NFL. Cant wait for next season so I don’t have to put up with this crap anymore. Good riddance.

  157. ravensfan996 says: Jan 28, 2013 2:08 AM

    I could sit here and name all the negative thing I know about sports figure, butits irrelevant. What I will say is that you Internet gangster amaze me! Talking tough from the privacy of yourown homes. You don’t like Ray, OK. You don’t like the Ravens, ghats fine too, but for uoh to sit there and pass judgement, like upu know all the facts, like you got the smoking gun, like you know who was the 2 nd shooter on the grass Noll, I’m amazed. I’m appalled and I’m glad this mans retiring, so he doesn’t have to deal with you ignorant MFers any longer. He’s better man then me, cause I’d offer to whoop the assessed of ALL of y’all. But I forget, hour only tough from behind hour keyboards, in the privacy of hour own homes.

  158. historicnewspapers says: Jan 30, 2013 12:35 AM

    Good! I am sick of seeing the media and the NFL fawn over this arrogant clown. He is symbolizes everything I hate about the modern era of pro football with its professional wrestling-like posturing and mugging for the cameras. Ray Lewis deserves to be exposed for his participation in the murder of 2 human beings. And YEAH, I do not care if it reflects badly on the NFL’s image…their image stinks anyway, in my opinion.

  159. bittersweettruth says: Jan 31, 2013 9:33 AM

    You can say whatever you want to say about Ray Lewis but you’re wrong. Dead wrong. I was there. I was working on a video with a celebrity entertainment company in the Cobalt Club in Buckhead Atlanta that Sunday night. I was the key witness that testified at Ray’s bond hearing. I told the truth. He probably would not have made bond had I not testified. To this day, no one has paid me a dime and to this day, I have not ask for a dime from anyone associated with Ray Lewis. The 2 young guys that started the fight were part of a robbing crew. They’re responsible for their own deaths. They were crazy. Ray got into his limo just before the fight started. HE WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT. You people all need to get your lies straight. I testified under oath.Come down to the Fulton County Courthouse or call the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the trial transcripts before you keep running your mouths spreading lies. The transcripts are public records. You wish that Ray was guilty because you’re racist and none of you ever did anything with your own miserable lives worth writing about.You’re jealous. I don’t like the Ray Lewis act that he always puts on. I’m really not even a Ray Lewis fan but the man is innocent of the charges. You guys are really something else. You want to defend Ronald Zimmerman in his murdering of Trayvon Martin. He was the aggressor, but you say he defending himself. Stand your ground, while on the other hand the 2 men that died on that Sunday night in Buckhead Atlanta were also the obvious aggressors with weapons, (a champagne bottle and a knife), but now Ray’s friend didn’t have the right to defend themselves ? You people are nothing more than a bunch of racist hypocrites.

  160. irishphilly87 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:26 PM

    SHUT UP. You’re annoying. He had a woman friend that testified that he was part of the murder. He had a bloody white suit that was never found. Blood in his limo. Lied to police of his whereabouts. Paid $2 million to the family of the victims. Do i need to keep going YOU RACIST piece of sh*t??? YOU LOVE to call people racist, but YOU ARE the racist. You sit there and defend and protect any black person that is in sticky situation instead of being in the middle about it and not racially biased. You were probably one of the 1000′s that jumped up and cheered when O.J. was found not guilty even though everyone knows he was guilty. So you keep being the racist with all your made up garbage.

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