The murder investigation involving Ray Lewis 13 years ago hasn’t taken over the coverage of the Super Bowl (and it shouldn’t), nor has it been completely verboten (and it shouldn’t).
But Lewis took the high road in his first chance to address a related topic, saying he forgave Wes Welker’s wife for her Facebook comment last week which she promptly deleted and apologized for when she realized other people can actually see those things.
When asked about those remarks Monday night, Lewis referred to his faith and forgave her.
“I’ve always been a firm believer of the Good Book, and the Good Book always confirms, even a fool is counted wise until he opens he or she mouth,” Lewis said, via Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com. “And sometimes people just say silly stuff. And they say it out of emotion. And sometimes you need to let the game take care of the game. We lost up there last year, and I didn’t hear one teammate say anything about nobody there because we have respect for that team, that they won it fair and square.
“So for her to come out and say what she said, listen, I truly forgive her, and I have no hard feelings against her at all, but I believe people just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes.”
There’s a large segment of the population that has branded Lewis for life for what happened that night in Atlanta, and won’t ever forget, or forgive.
But there’s another large segment of the population that chooses to see him for what’s happened since, and the work he’s done in the community, and the leader he is on the football field.
The difference is significant, but Lewis isn’t letting it dominate the conversation this week, as much as he doesn’t seem to mind the conversation being about him.