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Spotlight not always comfortable for Ray Lewis III

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Ray Lewis’s oldest son, Ray Lewis III, will be a freshman on the football team at Miami in the fall. But because of his famous name, he’s already accustomed to having a spotlight on him. And that spotlight isn’t always comfortable.

Local 6 in Orlando has profiled Tatyana McCall, the mother of Ray Lewis III and two of Ray Lewis’s five other children, and in the profile McCall talks about how she has to talk to her son about the 2000 incident that left two people stabbed to death and resulted in Ray Lewis pleading guilty to obstruction of justice after first being charged with murder.

McCall described the scene at her house after the AFC Championship Game, when Ray Lewis III got a message on Twitter referring to his dad as a murderer.

“We’re all celebrating and Ray-Ray casually walks into the kitchen and shows me a tweet on his cell phone,” McCall said. “Someone tweeted to him, ‘How does it feel to have a father who’s a murderer?’ So Ray Ray said, ‘So what should I say?’ And I said, ‘What do you think you should say? Is your father a murderer?’”

This appears to be the exchange McCall is referring to: Ray Lewis III got a message saying, “how does it feel to have a dad who killed someone,” Lewis replied by tweeting, “I feel like a boss,” and the person who sent the tweet responded, “dude that’s pretty sad. Grow up.”

McCall defends Lewis, saying, “He’s got a past. So what?” But for their oldest son, that past can lead to some uncomfortable questions.

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48 Responses to “Spotlight not always comfortable for Ray Lewis III”
  1. greenngld says: Jan 29, 2013 10:27 AM

    Says to me the kid thinks his old man is a murderer. He’s probably correct.

  2. cosanostra71 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:27 AM

    Its a legitimate question to ask, he should be ready to deal with it. Although it’s kind of stupid to ask him about it, he was what, 5 when it happened? Not really his deal, it’s his dad’s.

  3. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 29, 2013 10:28 AM

    I can’t believe that this is a newsworthy piece after 12 years. Enough already…the matter was fully adjudicated as to Ray, he paid his debt to society and by all reports paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the victims families.

    Juxtapose this against the deeds and exemplary actions of the man in the many years since and any rationale person will realize what a non story the “murderer” truants really are!

  4. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 29, 2013 10:28 AM

    I can’t believe that this is a newsworthy piece after 12 years. Enough already…the matter was fully adjudicated as to Ray, he paid his debt to society and by all reports paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the victims families.

    Juxtapose this against the deeds and exemplary actions of the man in the many years since and any rationale person will realize what a non story the “murderer” taunts really are!

  5. raidernation210 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:29 AM

    ok so according to this she is the mother of 3 of his 5 kids? I am confused. I thought he had 6 kids with 4 babies momma’s. Someone please set me straight on this….thanks

  6. marvsleezy says: Jan 29, 2013 10:30 AM

    He should respond, “Im going to find you, and use my dads money to have you killed, and I will get away with it, any more questions for me?”

  7. 6thsense79 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:32 AM

    What’s sad is that some lowlife has the audacity to harrass a teenager. People have no sense of boundaries or decency. What was the purpose of that guy’s tweet? Seriously. Even the mafia made it a point to keep family out of their disputes.

  8. freepretzels says: Jan 29, 2013 10:33 AM

    Again, how come no one is tweeting Big Ben and accusing him of being a rapist? After all, he has multiple accusations.

    No witness even said Ray was fighting, and somehow he murdered two people? He was never accused of murder.

    I’m not a Ravens fans, but this is getting insane.

  9. moneey31 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:33 AM

    People are such cowards. First of all he was guilty of obstruction not murder and even if he was charged with the crime, what the hell does that have to do with his son. What is the purpose of saying that to a teenager? Better yet, if the person wasn’t hiding behind a keyboard would they ask the young man that to his face? COWARDS!!

  10. fortphiladamsterdam says: Jan 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    Change your name to Ray McCall if you don’t want people to ask you questions about your dad. Otherwise, toughen up and realize that nothing your dad did is your fault, and move on with your day. Why even respond to that tweet at all?

  11. steelerfanjo says: Jan 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    Change his name, so people will give him a chance not to be scumbag like his father.

  12. mhalt99 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:37 AM

    seriously, how many people asked JFK about how many people his father killed or was responsible for having killed during his time as a bootlegger?

  13. timb12 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:37 AM

    He probably shouldn’t have tweeted back. “Like a boss” is a bad response. But he shouldn’t have been put in that situation. He’s his kid, he doesn’t have to be responsible for what his dad did when he was 5.

  14. ballinmore says: Jan 29, 2013 10:39 AM

    Twitter has made it far too easy to approach people on personal matters. I will say Ray did bring this on his family but this is a little out of line. Far too easy for this other kid (who happens to be a Pats fan) to reach out to someone he doesn’t know because he’s mad his favorite football team lost.

    Considering the pats fan looks to be a little dough ball and Ray III has a scholarship to play football at that U I’d imagine he wouldn’t have asked him that question in person either.

  15. ravenator says: Jan 29, 2013 10:41 AM

    Love him or hate him, youre watching him play Sunday night. Cheers! Go Ravens!

  16. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jan 29, 2013 10:46 AM

    I am so glad the ratbirds made it to the super bowl. Now the world can see what an idiot fanbase they have and the poor character of the Ratbird players and their coach. The Steelers already know this. Now the world will know. Murderers, domestic abusers, gays… This team has it all!

  17. chocopoppy says: Jan 29, 2013 10:47 AM

    McCall’s statement “so what?” is more disturbing than anything else in this article. Wonder if this Baby Mama would be so dismissive if she were the mothers of one of the two victims that night in ATL.

  18. dj121191 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:48 AM

    That dude probably has some daddy issues of his own if hes trolling on twitter

  19. lovefootball4life says: Jan 29, 2013 10:50 AM

    A high school prank on a high school kid. Unfortunately he has to deal with it and the fact its out in the open, again, because his dad is playing in the Super Bowl and the media needs storylines. On Monday the game is over. The talk about it will be over and whatever the outcome Ray Jr. will getting a lot of help with his football career.

  20. addict2sport says: Jan 29, 2013 10:50 AM

    It’s definitely his dad’s deal. Just like a keyboard tough guy to sweat a kid about something he has nothing to do with. He should’ve simply said his dad was never convicted of murder and it feels great to watch him head to the Super Bowl. Then asked the guy what his dad does for a living.

  21. commonsensedude says: Jan 29, 2013 10:51 AM

    Whatever people’s feelings are about Ray Lewis and whatever happened in 2000, we can all agree about one thing: his son had nothing to do with it. The kid was probably watching Barney cartoons at the time.

    It’s pretty immature and useless to taunt someone for something that their parents were accused of. Would you like having whatever things your parents or other ancestors might have done constantly thrown in your face as if you had something to do with it?

  22. Patriot42 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:53 AM

    There is just too much mysterious stuff of the killing for me to to feel comfortable about Ray. I hope his son has learned from his fathers misfortunes.

  23. tritan306 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:56 AM

    Simple, don’t give ignorant people like that the time of day.

  24. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jan 29, 2013 10:56 AM

    Okay, killer!

  25. sterling7 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:56 AM

    Say what you will about Ray Lewis good, bad or indifferent, pick on him all you want-but leave family out of this. I’m not a Ray Lewis fan, yes I am a lover of football and greatly respect his abilities but never pick on family, that’s about as classless, tasteless and as loser as you can get.

  26. commonsensedude says: Jan 29, 2013 10:58 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl wrote:

    “I am so glad the ratbirds made it to the super bowl. Now the world can see what an idiot fanbase they have and the poor character of the Ratbird players and their coach. The Steelers already know this. Now the world will know. Murderers, domestic abusers, gays… This team has it all!”

    No personal offense meant here, but I find it interesting that a Steelers fan, whose account is actually named after a player who was twice investigated for rape, is commenting on the character of players and fans of another team. I am not even a Ravens fan but … come on, man! Really?

  27. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 29, 2013 10:58 AM

    It’s sad. But, I bet if Lewis was convicted of murder that guy wouldn’t have sent that tweet.

    Internet bullies make me sick.

  28. mikecal645 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    I felt bad for the kid till I read his reply. Sounds like he likes that his dad was involved in a double murder. He may not have stabbed either of the people but he was definetly involved. Blood in his limo from the victims and the white suit he had on that night was never found.

    Oj wasn’t convicted of murder either…

  29. thebonus44 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:01 AM

    Wow. Let it go already. Ray Lewis has done more for humanity as a whole than 99% of you haters on this board will ever do. Yet, some folks think they’re qualified to try a case from 12 years ago on speculation rather than fact. Fact is, some hotshot prosecutor wanted to get his name in lights for trying Ray Lewis for murder. The dudes who DID kill those two GANGSTERS, didn’t even do jail time because they acted in self defense (dude got cracked over the head with a champagne bottle). In fact, the only person related to this case that even did jail time was the MAYOR. But, go ahead, PFT blog commentors, your blind hatred for one of the greatest football players of all time shines through.

  30. ravensgrl says: Jan 29, 2013 11:02 AM

    What’s sad is that this person is taunting Jr for his own amusement.

  31. weizdumm says: Jan 29, 2013 11:05 AM

    I realize we all have the ability to seperate someones personal life from what they do on the field and root for uniforms and teams as opposed to the men actually in the uniforms but I don’t see how anyone can like Ray Lewis.

  32. seabronco says: Jan 29, 2013 11:07 AM

    This is hilarious. Tweeting back, like a boss. Really shows how dumb this family is.

  33. cmonelisha says: Jan 29, 2013 11:12 AM

    RLIII should of responded with somethin creepier and scarier like well if u keep textin me i seen ur hometown bec u put it up for everyone to see imma take some of my dads game check money get a flight and tell u in person how i feell.. LOL guarntee hell never geet that heckler again

    on top of that id say just forget the whole murer thing it was what a decade ago in self defense.. but the way he continously preeches after games and to the media u have no choice but to remember it bec he sounds like a man whos killed

  34. fwippel says: Jan 29, 2013 11:21 AM

    As great as Ray Lewis’s career has been, that murder remains unsolved, and Lewis has never really answered any questions about his role in all of that. It has, and will continue, to haunt him until answers are found, despite the efforts of some media outlets to whitewash it.

    As for his son, it’s a shame his children are being exposed to this. However, anyone with a twitter or facebook account is going to need to learn to have thick skin. There are far too many people in America who have too much time on their hands, and nothing better to do than taunt, belittle and ridicule others, with no risk of recourse.

  35. jdfrox says: Jan 29, 2013 11:39 AM

    What’s sad is that people still think this guy killed someone (innocent until proven guilty or the other way around?). What’s even worse is that people think it is appropriate to taunt his son about it.

    One thing this message board shows is that when it comes to sports, people lose all common sense and put their blinders on. It’s too bad we can’t all have more respect for one another instead of just hating or loving someone solely because they are a Raven or Steeler and looking at the man as a human being. No one is perfect and Ray has made his share of mistakes. But the case went to Court, charges were dropped against him because there was no evidence that he had anything to do with the murder, and the co-defendants were acquitted by a jury. Yet here we sit 13 years later still talking about. I can’t wait until the HOF induction in 5 years so we can rehash this again.

  36. Corey Jeppesen says: Jan 29, 2013 11:43 AM

    I wonder why they all felt that the options were WHAT to respond. Should of just let the tweet disappear in twitter land.

  37. siggtacular says: Jan 29, 2013 11:49 AM

    Everyone needs to grow up. It was 12 years ago, it’s OVER. Regardless of what any of you classless football fans think, Ray Lewis has clearly established himself as the best MLB in NFL history. If you can’t respect that, then your an ignorant football fan.

  38. h2ftw says: Jan 29, 2013 11:49 AM

    The person who sent RLIII that tweet is a clown.

    It wasn’t just a question. It was an attempt to bait the kid — and try to make him and his father look bad.

    The tweeter was obviously a Ray Lewis hater.

    RLIII made a mistake by giving that clown a response.

    That clown’s the one who needs to grow up.

  39. xli2006 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    I’m not sure what happened exactly (few people really do) but the “justice system” for Athletes and Celebrities is definitely NOT the same for ordinary citizens. Some degree of related criticism is a small baggage to carry when the legal system is skewed in your favor.

  40. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:14 PM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  41. romoscollarbone says: Jan 29, 2013 12:27 PM

    I wasn’t there that nite, I have no clue if Ray Lewis stabbed the deceased. He was found innocent of the murder charge and guilty of obstruction of justice. His son, was a toddler. Gimme a break.

    Furthermore, $ gets you out of drug issues, and DUIs, domestic things. It doesn’t absolve you of murder.

    It’s time to talk about something else. Let perhaps match ups for the game. Flacco vs the secondary. The Ravens LBs vs Gore, and LaMichael.

  42. canehouse says: Jan 29, 2013 12:29 PM

    Twitter is one of the greatest inventions for cowards and twisted people.

  43. raidernation210 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    canehouse says:
    Jan 29, 2013 12:29 PM

    Twitter is one of the greatest inventions for cowards and twisted people.

    ___________________________________

    so are message boards like this

  44. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2013 1:11 PM

    xli2006 says:Jan 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    I’m not sure what happened exactly (few people really do) but the “justice system” for Athletes and Celebrities is definitely NOT the same for ordinary citizens. Some degree of related criticism is a small baggage to carry when the legal system is skewed in your favor.

    —————

    It’s not about celebrity, it’s about money. The smarter and more experienced the lawyer, the more they bill and smart experienced lawyers will find more ways to keep someone out of jail than a public defender. If you can’t afford a good lawyer, you are screwed. It’s just the way it is.

  45. thraiderskin says: Jan 29, 2013 1:48 PM

    Funny how the person who tweeted an 18 year old kid about something his father may or may not have done, 13 years ago, is telling the 18 year old to grow up.

  46. j0esixpack says: Jan 29, 2013 3:53 PM

    romoscollarbone says: I wasn’t there that nite, I have no clue if Ray Lewis stabbed the deceased. He was found innocent of the murder charge and guilty of obstruction of justice.

    ———————————

    He was found Not Guilty.

    “Not Guilty” is FAR different from “innocent.”

    If he was innocent, I suspect he would not have “lost” the critical evidence of his clothes from that evening.

  47. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    Ray Lewis and Ravens D should gave been arrested for assault after whipping my teams ass in the SB. Damn Kerry Collins..

  48. burlyisatruefan says: Jan 29, 2013 10:01 PM

    To the Ray Lewis fanboys:

    Don’t tell me that Ray has done more for mankind then I ever will. You don’t know me. You haven’t the right to make that statement.

    How many gifts to humanity will make up for two lives.

    Ray was charged with obstruction. He may not have stabbed those two but he knows who did. He should have never been allowed back into the league.

    He’s no hero.

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