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Ray Lewis once again dances around issue of Super Bowl XXXIV murders

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When attending the Super Bowl, it’s difficult to watch much/any of the pregame coverage.

There’s a specific portion of the Super Bowl XLVII pregame coverage that was difficult to watch for other reasons.

As the network televising the game, CBS had an opportunity to conduct a one-on-one interview of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.  And the assignment predictably went to Shannon Sharpe.  Not only was Sharpe a former teammate of Ray’s in Baltimore, but Sharpe also was the teammate who loudly defended Lewis in the days preceding the Super Bowl they won together, a year after Lewis was accused of double murder following Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta.

CBS knew that the network would be killed (no pun intended) if Sharpe avoided the murder case entirely.  So Sharpe raised it, but he also slow-pitched a softball question on the subject.

Said Sharpe, “A couple of weeks ago, the family of the incident in 2000 — and I’m paraphrasing — but it goes something like this:  ‘While Ray Lewis is being celebrated by millions, two men tragically and brutally died in Atlanta.  Ray Lewis knows more than Ray Lewis ever shared.’”

The obvious question should have been, “Ray, what happened that night?”  But that’s where Sharpe flipped an underhand eephus to Ray.  Instead of being direct on the still-unknown issue of what transpired, Sharpe gave Lewis an open-ended question that allowed the subject of the interview to dictate its content.

“What would you like to say to the families?” Sharpe asked.

“It’s simple, you know,” Lewis said.  “God has never made a mistake.  That’s just who He is, you see?  And if our system — this is the sad thing about our system — if our system took the time to really investigate what happened 13 years ago, maybe they would have got to the bottom-line truth.  But the saddest thing ever was that a man looked me in my face and told me, ‘We know you didn’t do this, but you’re going down for it anyway.’”  (Actually, something much closer to “the saddest thing ever” is the two dead guys.)

“To the family, if you knew — if you really knew — the way God works, He don’t use people who commits anything like that for His glory,” Lewis said.  “No way.  It’s the total opposite.”

Whoa.  Time out.  Is Lewis saying that the fact that he went on to win a pair of Super Bowls and to become a great football player means he necessarily didn’t do anything wrong?  That bad men never rise to positions of prominence and public praise?

Ray needs to read a few history books.  Or maybe just one.  For centuries, murderers and maniacs have become kings and emperors.  They have enjoyed plenty of glory, to the detriment of the objectives of God.

Ray also incorrectly assumes that glory bestowed by man equates to true glory from God.  Time and again, I wrestle with the notion that God cares about the outcome of a football game.  Maybe I’m too much of a cynic.

Or maybe I’m simply on constant watch for false prophets while covering a sport that could easily give rise to them.

Consider Matthew 7:20-23.  “[Y]ou will know the false prophets by what they do.  Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do.  When the Judgment Day comes, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God’s message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles!’  Then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you.  Get away from me, you wicked people!’”

I’m not saying Ray is a false prophet.  I’m just saying that his suggestion that success in football constitutes proof of his innocence is one of the absolute strangest things I’ve ever heard in my entire life.

Sharpe then pointed out that Lewis paid a financial settlement to both families.

“The one thing that I said that, because my name was used the wrong way, money is the last thing I’m worrying about,” Lewis said.  “But if money will help those kids out — and not just those kids — any kid that I can help, any family that I can support, I support.  So don’t just take that family and say, ‘I gave money to that family.’  Because I’ve gave money to thousands of families, time and time again, just to find a different way to help someone through a rough time.”

Ray’s words do what the lawyers in the crowd would call “opening the door.”  In all fairness, he should now authorize the release of every pleading, order, deposition transcript, and other document created via the litigation that resulted in what he’s now describing as an act of charity.  If he paid those families simply out of a sense of altruism that has prompted him to help “thousands” of other families, why did he have to be sued and questioned under oath and pursued through a court process before he agreed to pay?

And how much did he pay?

And what did he say under oath when asked the question his friend and former teammate failed to pose:  “Ray, what happened that night?”

Ray, what happened that night?

To his credit, Boomer Esiason of CBS expressed instant skepticism after the interview concluded.  “It’s a complex legacy that we’re talking about here,” Boomer said.  “This is a guy that was involved –”

“How’s it complex?” Sharpe said, interrupting Esiason with a clearly defensive tone.

“Well, I’ll tell you,” Boomer said.  “Because he was involved in a double murder.  And I’m not so sure that he gave us all the answer that we were looking for.  He knows what went on there.  And he can obviously just come out and say it.  He doesn’t want to say it.  He paid off the families.  I get all that.  That’s fine.  But that doesn’t take away from who he is as a football player.  And I appreciate you going down there and asking him that direct question.  I’m not so sure I buy the answer.”

We don’t buy it, either.  But the question wasn’t nearly as direct as it should have been.

Ray, what happened that night?

Now that football season is over, we’ve got plenty of time to wait for an answer.

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236 Responses to “Ray Lewis once again dances around issue of Super Bowl XXXIV murders”
  1. armchairqb says: Feb 4, 2013 9:49 PM

    Well sure he does. Because he’s guilty.

  2. steviemo says: Feb 4, 2013 9:49 PM

    Awesome post.

  3. brintfatre says: Feb 4, 2013 9:50 PM

    His answer is more straight than 0bama’s college records answer.

  4. cliffclavicle says: Feb 4, 2013 9:52 PM

    He’s the worst kind of coward: hiding behind his religious beliefs and trying to pretend it was “all part of “His” plan”. He was a hell of a LB but as a human being he won’t be missed.

  5. commieniko says: Feb 4, 2013 9:52 PM

    Oh jesus christ florio

    this is….

    ..actually good work. Nice job

  6. packerman1968 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:52 PM

    Does God approve of multiple Baby Mama’s?

  7. dmartin17 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:53 PM

    The ONLY way to get Ray Lewis to not talk about himself is to mention his past.

  8. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:54 PM

    We fart in the face of Ray Lewis’ legacy. Our dynasty is flawless and his is a disgrace.

  9. ghosts go boo says: Feb 4, 2013 9:55 PM

    Maybe he’ll bring it during his HOF speech?

  10. knn9413 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:55 PM

    Good article Mike!! The same questions that everyone has. I really wish he confesses sometime when he has a change of heart.

  11. kremis says: Feb 4, 2013 9:55 PM

    Also Why not ask him what happened to the white suit and why it had to be thrown away if it were thrown away

  12. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 4, 2013 9:56 PM

    He’s supposed to confess to Sharpe?

    Really? They expected something other than what he normally gives?

  13. jhein23 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:56 PM

    What happened that night is Ray Lewis was right in the middle of it sticking a knife in to both those guys. Than when they got back to the limo he stripped down and they dumped his bloodied white suit and murder weapon into a fast food restaurants dumpster. After that he convinced his friends to take the blame in exchange for $. He paid off the families. What a hero let’s all praise him for being the disciple of god that he is.

  14. tonyinmd says: Feb 4, 2013 9:56 PM

    So…did or didn’t Ray testify in that trial against Sweeting and Oakley?

    Now of course he was charged and part of his plea deal was to testify, but he did.

    This is a case where unless Ray comes out and says what YOU (anybody reading this who continues to ask the “Ray, what happened that night” question) expect or want him to say, you won’t believe him.

    If Ray says in the car that Sweeting held an item between his fingers and makes a punching motion and says “Everytime they got me, I got them”, is that not saying what he believes happened?

  15. noring4youstill says: Feb 4, 2013 9:57 PM

    “I didn’t kill no mother effing boooooooddddddyyyyyy”

  16. ducksouped says: Feb 4, 2013 9:57 PM

    Why are you wasting your time with this? Ray Lewis doesn’t owe any of you people anything. Not answers or explanations, and you just can’t leave it alone. Your obsessed. Move on.

  17. giablommi says: Feb 4, 2013 9:57 PM

    Guy is the worst of all worlds: probably killed those two people, had his buddies take the fall, testified against said friends (i.e. a RAT, or a SNITCH depending on your ethnic background), yet hides behind God at every turn.

    Regardless, as a lawyer, you should you as well as anyone why he hasn’t (and likely will never) come clean- because there’s no statute of limitations for MURDERING people.

  18. Kyle Orton's Hangover says: Feb 4, 2013 9:57 PM

    “But if money will help those kids out — and not just those kids — any kid that I can help, any family that I can support, I support. So don’t just take that family and say, ‘I gave money to that family.’ Because I’ve gave money to thousands of families, time and time again, just to find a different way to help someone through a rough time.”

    Reading that made me sick. I really hope that no sheep would believe that.

  19. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 4, 2013 9:58 PM

    Florio why dont you try to write some football stories once and a while.. instead of always having articles about negative stuff or people or teams you dont like.. dude you are so pathetic sometimes.. lets see you talk football because I dont think you know that much about it, you just like writing stories like this one. Cheer up and write more often about football, not about negative stuff..

  20. 3000ft2glory says: Feb 4, 2013 9:58 PM

    Definitely the most thought-provoking pft post ever. I get realllly tired of these networks and anchors protecting atheltes jist because they may have a financials interest. Guys like Simmons, Peter King, etc. the usual suspects. You don’t REALLY know these players. You just believe what they want you to believe.

  21. texanslover123 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:58 PM

    I believe that asking God for the ability to play your best game is a good thing, saying that God made you win the game isn’t.

  22. jimbroney says: Feb 4, 2013 9:58 PM

    He don’t use people that commits anything like that. Genius.

  23. skinsfan026 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:59 PM

    I mean, I’m as sick of Ray Lewis as much as the next guy, but I’m not really sure what you expect him to say. Innocent or guilty; at this point I don’t know what he is supposed to be saying. Just let the guy get off my TV and lets celebrate guys like Torrey Smith who don’t have this garbage surrounding them or making the Super Bowl all about them.

  24. marima07 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:00 PM

    “…the way God works, He don’t use people who commits anything like that for His glory,” Lewis said. “No way. It’s the total opposite.”
    —————————–
    Moses was a murderer; King David was an adulterer who had his lover’s husband killed in battle; Saint Paul murdered Christians before he became a follower.

    God certainly used them for his glory.

    God also spoke through an ass (Numbers 22:28) to get his message across. I guess that ancient tradition continues.

  25. Paul Stagg says: Feb 4, 2013 10:00 PM

    Why do you ignore what happened at the trial of Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting?

    Why do you ignore they were unanimously acquitted after arguing self defense?

    Why do you ignore who started the fight by hitting Oakley in the head with a Champagne bottle?

    Lewis has nothing to answer.

  26. akshunj says: Feb 4, 2013 10:00 PM

    Jeez let it go…

  27. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 4, 2013 10:01 PM

    One of the best articles from this site.

  28. besafewithit says: Feb 4, 2013 10:01 PM

    “if our system took the time to really investigate what happened 13 years ago, maybe they would have got to the bottom-line truth”

    The guy who destroyed the evidence and lied about what happened, blaming the system for not getting to the bottom of what happened?

    When Ray Lewis dies and they check his head, they’ll find he had the brain of a donkey.

  29. fm31970 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:01 PM

    He’s taking his story to the grave, and even if he didn’t, it wouldn’t bring back the lives of the two men who died, wouldn’t relieve the pain and suffering their families and friends went through, and wouldn’t help Lewis’ public image at all, so there is no benefit for him to do it.

    Only Ray knows the truth, and even he told us, “OK, I swear, here’s the truth”, would most of us believe him?

  30. pgh15212 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:01 PM

    Ray Lewis killed the lights!

  31. fm31970 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:02 PM

    ^^ even IF he told us…

  32. suzieb61 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:02 PM

    Mike, you’re a lawyer with connections; why don’t you get all the depositions, etc. This has gotten very old and quite honestly were sick of hearing about it. Murder was dropped because there was no evidence to support that he committed murder. You, of all people, know the police and that prosecutor would have loved the accolades they would have received but they had no proof or evidence.

    Move on………………

  33. gowhitten says: Feb 4, 2013 10:03 PM

    If I thought my God cared about the outcome of a sports contest, I think I would find another God. I am getting tired of all this FCA BS.

  34. fdugrad says: Feb 4, 2013 10:03 PM

    As Ray might say, Honest to God!! How is ESPN going to set him up as a “journalist,” where he is supposedly going to ASK important, pivotal questions to other players, coaches, etc., when he is INCAPABLE of ANSWERING questions that are crucial parts of his past. Lastly, how the bleep are they going to utilize him, again, in the guise of “journalist,” when his command of the English language sounds like this: ” He don’t use people who commits anything like that?” I do not know who made the final decision to hire him, however, he or she has not covered him/herself with distinction on this addition to the station’s coverage of the NFL!!

  35. bcdc26 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:03 PM

    I for one have found myself to be critical of articles on this site from time to time but I must say this is one of the best ones Florio’s ever written. And it’s so sad that as a society so many can celebrate this man. He clearly made decisions that at minimum put him in position to witness the death of two people, and then cannot even be man enough to be honest about it. He hides behind God like a coward, and people buy it. Good article Mike

  36. ynotred says: Feb 4, 2013 10:03 PM

    Whatever happened to sports coverage without someone pushing an agenda?

  37. pdma7 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:03 PM

    Well put Mike and Boomer!

  38. greenejoemean says: Feb 4, 2013 10:04 PM

    Sharpe is not qualified to ask the question.

  39. yajas says: Feb 4, 2013 10:04 PM

    I saw the interview and now read part of the transcript and I’m still not sure what he was saying other than “I’m guilty”.

  40. avanderlay says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    I don’t really want to hear the answers, but great article Florio

  41. packfaninvikeland says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    He doesnt have to tell any of you anything! Including the media. The only people he owes answeres to are the families of the murdered victims. Judge him all you want, but none of you know enough to even give an opinion on the incident, so que all the comments like they are talking to Ray Lewis’ face like you users always do.

  42. thebadguyswon says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    I’m glad he’s gone.

  43. 52goat20goat says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    Why,why does he owe you or anybody an explanation for anything that occurred,they went through the legal process,sure there is alot unknown but it was enough for the courts and the family of the deceased. It’s seems just like an all out attack from the media just because they don’t have the story they want

  44. Stiller43 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    Just ask him what happened to his white suit

  45. joecool16280 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    Bravo.

    Let him have his glory in this life, we’re not the judges. I won’t lose any sleep.

    He is a fraud in my book though.

  46. bucrightoff says: Feb 4, 2013 10:05 PM

    Ray has said some pretty wild things, but this takes the cake. Hiding behind religion is so pathetic.

  47. iamtheleastmachiavellian says: Feb 4, 2013 10:06 PM

    ray’s comments were ridiculous, insane even.
    as is his delusions of grandeur.

  48. smartanis says: Feb 4, 2013 10:06 PM

    Somehow, the second “God” came out of Ray-Ray’s mouth, I knew we’d get a mea culpa from Florio on the topic of God and sports.

    In fairness, at least he only mentioned God not caring about football games (he doesn’t) once.

  49. bigd93 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:06 PM

    AMEN

  50. deadunicorn says: Feb 4, 2013 10:07 PM

    Good job Mike.

  51. birdgang says: Feb 4, 2013 10:07 PM

    Let me start off and say I’m no Ray Lewis fan nor do I care for him or the Ravens for that matter. But this whole murder thing is just getting out of hand. Yea of course two dead guys vs one successful NFL star is gonna look bad no matter who it is. None of us know what really happened and we will never know. We act like two innocent men were murdered in cold blood. Something started those tragic events that night and my opinion is those two were not completely innocent. Did they deserve to die? Absolutely not. Ray owes none of fans or media members any explanation. You guys are more angry at Ray Lewis then someone like Casey Anthony who got away with murdering an innocent child. He went through the system and beat it, let him live.

  52. spellingcops says: Feb 4, 2013 10:08 PM

    At least the mothership is going to be paying him copious amounts of money to keep the BS flowing. So sick of this guy. Especially when he hides behind God.

  53. ravensdominate says: Feb 4, 2013 10:08 PM

    Ray, we know you were not responsible for those crimes and that those “victims” we’re known thieves. Baltimore loves you and couldn’t be happier that you went out on top! Go Ravens!!!!

  54. drgreenstreak says: Feb 4, 2013 10:09 PM

    Rat Lewis is gonna be on Dancing With The Stars?

  55. vysethelegend says: Feb 4, 2013 10:09 PM

    Of course he’s going to dance around it. What do you expect him to do? Say “Yeah I killed them?”

  56. joebloww says: Feb 4, 2013 10:09 PM

    Ray is guilty, why else would he use the shuck and jive routine?

  57. ttommytom says: Feb 4, 2013 10:09 PM

    He was holding/beating one man when said man was stabbed to death. That’s how you get blood all over you.

    Unless you used the knife yourself, which I doubt.

    Nevertheless, the above mentioned type of involvement is worthy of a manslaughter charge and possible conviction or at least an Assault 1 or 2 charge and possible conviction.

    ‘Obstruction’ is a joke of a charge…

  58. thesportsguy52 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:10 PM

    Because he once again keeps getting asked about it after the court system ran its course and 12 years have passed. I know it is very, very difficult to accept the fact that these Ravens are the truest TEAM out there, and they are world champions, so I know media and fans will continue to find loopholes. Best of luck.

  59. tonyarnold2 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:11 PM

    Are you serious? Ray Lewis wins a Super Bowl in his last year in the NFL and you have a headline story about a 13-year old accusation that’s been dropped? Wow. Can’t even go one day without a negative, attention-grabbing story.

  60. lesliedevereaux says: Feb 4, 2013 10:11 PM

    Well-said. Ray Lewis needs to take a few hermeneutical courses.

  61. forksonknives says: Feb 4, 2013 10:11 PM

    It sounds to me like Ray is the one who might not know God.

    He said…
    “To the family, if you knew — if you really knew — the way God works, He don’t use people who commits anything like that for His glory,” Lewis said. “No way. It’s the total opposite.”

    Anyone who has read the Bible, regardless of their beliefs, knows that the God of the Bible would absolutely use murders and murderers for His glory. He took Paul (murderer) for instance, or any of the other people inundated in sin, and showed the world that they too can be redeemed.

  62. stull60060 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:11 PM

    I’m not a Ray Lewis fan or Raven’s fan but I find it odd that the media chooses now to ask these questions. Didn’t this incident happen 10 to 12 years ago? Wasn’t he acquitted of whatever charges were filed against him?

  63. keithkraska says: Feb 4, 2013 10:12 PM

    If Ray Lewis doesn’t think God uses murderers, he’s wrong. As long as you’re quoting scripture, look no further than King David. God used him way more than He’s used Ray Lewis, but David suffered the consequences for his murder of Uriah.

  64. chicagobtech says: Feb 4, 2013 10:13 PM

    The legal system in Georgia said their peace in 2000.

    The families of the two dead men aren’t talking.

    The two men acquitted of murder aren’t talking.

    Ray Lewis isn’t talking.

    Maybe the rest of the world should take a hint.

  65. stoutfiles says: Feb 4, 2013 10:13 PM

    Ray needs to stop using God as his personal shield.

  66. blacknole08 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:14 PM

    Seriously, Ray was guilty of obstruction and should have never been charged with murders he had no part in! And the two men he snitched on were ALSO later acquitted. It was most likely self defense.

    Does anyone ever think about whether the victims were bad people themselves who may have started this and the guys just finished it (albeit killing is wrong but still)?

    Double jeopardy, but apparently he’s still guilty because he was there.

  67. hieroglyphics257 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:15 PM

    Ok, let’s assume Ray Lewis does have more information, or was involved…why would he disclose that information now? Just because he talks about Jesus alot, you expect him to climb up on a cross for the benefit of the fans? All this anger because football player covered up something violent. It’s not like he’s an elected official. Get over it already.

  68. shoebert says: Feb 4, 2013 10:15 PM

    I guess we’ll have to wait for the book.

    “If I Did It: The Ray Lewis Story”

  69. birdgang says: Feb 4, 2013 10:15 PM

    Hypothetical situation here: 2 men doing something wrong, 1 man gets killed as a result. Let’s all blame the guy who’s still alive and just because the other is dead he must have been an innocent human being who’s life was taken prematurely. You do dirt, you get dirt. Oh how many times that statement holds true.

  70. qbofthenever says: Feb 4, 2013 10:15 PM

    He’s a clown…and he’s lucky to have gotten that ring because he was the worst player on the field. Time to shut up and fade away, Ray.

  71. bpanz2012 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:15 PM

    No sports networks should hire him until he fess up. Really why would they want him, he isn’t very articulater anyways and I’m sure most people around the country could care less once he retires even that we’ll see aout If what I heard is true that ESPN is going to hire him. SHAME ON THEM.

  72. rdiaz622 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    Lay off the man… geez. Seriously

  73. canadianpatriotsfan says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    Love this article, couldn’t agree more. The truth is Ray Lewis avoided the truth. I can’t believe how adored he’s become to stupid footballs fans across the world. Fans who have no idea what happened, but because he got off, say he never did anything. This man was involved in a double murder!!! Stop hiding being blinded by the truth just because you love football entertainment. In real life, this man would have suffered behind bars, but because he’s a star he got off.

    To me it’s so obvious that he did it just by how Ray conducts himself these later years in his life. He repents (tries to) daily for what happened that night by his over the top preaching or the emotions he lets out. When Ray Lewis pours out that emotion, you can tell by his reaction that even HE knows he’s lucky to be there and not behind bars. And as his career has gone on you’ve noticed him becoming this emotional preacher more and more, leading me to believe that it’s been eating at him all these years and is getting worse each day.

    I hope the media just lays into this guy now that he isn’t in the NFL. Let’s get the real truth now. My only hope is that he slowly becomes hated in the eyes of the public just like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Lance Armstrong etc etc. You may have fooled the courts Ray, but the court of public opinion is far more powerful and I think you’re going to see that even more now that you’re out of the league. I truly think that will eat Ray up more than anything.

    By the way Ray, was it God’s will to empower Hitler? Common you idiot. Get real.

    PS – Shannon Sharpe is a joke and shouldn’t have a job either.

  74. jackpardeepants says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    Ray Lewis would be the all time politician .

  75. 4sacroc says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    Instead of whining about what Ray Lewis says or doesn’t say, why don’t you “journalists” get off your backside and investigate the case and speak to the principles yourself!

    I realize it takes time to actually do investigative pieces. And you won’t be able to tweet and cut-and-past articles from other media outlets all day.

  76. modecai1026 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    Good Lord man, you must really being desperate for some controversy, huh? He’s just talking about helping them through it as much as he could. You’re not a lawyer, and I’d appreciate it if you stopped pretending to be one. And though it’s more sad that two people died, the fact that you wanted to nitpick his statement that much shows your irrational bias. You don’t like him, that’s fine, but he’s not a murderer and it’s time for you and the rest of the media to accept that. He understands that gravity of what happened, his settlement came because he got sued. He didn’t send them money to keep them quiet. He’s done everything you could ask someone to do to rebuild their reputation, and because you don’t like him, you keep bringing this stuff up. Grow and get over it. I’m not even a Ravens fan, but I can see when someone is being criticized by media clowns for no reason.

  77. rdiaz622 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    exhausting….

  78. InFact says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    Having Shannon Sharpe, a former teammate of Ray Lewis, interview the linebacker about the crime is like asking the fox if he could safely guard the hen house.

  79. siknutty says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    It amazes me how fake this guy is. Sadly we now get to hear him analyze the game for the next few years.

  80. jackpardeepants says: Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM

    Boomer Esiason calling him out a few times was one of the highlights of the super bowl IMO

  81. shwanker81 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:17 PM

    I hope to God he didn’t go through a double murder investigation answering questions like that. If so, our legal system is even more screwed up than I imagined. “Well I’m good at football, so I gotta be innocent, just how God works.” Whoever was prosecuting this case should get locked up.

  82. danpit2 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:17 PM

    I agree. Ray Lewis Has not gotten honest with the public. The idea that he was just giving charity is an insult to the victims families. Ray Lewis appears more idiotic the more he opens his mouth. All this talk of God smells completely fishy to me. Did God not care about the other football team? Is that why they lost because God does not care for them? This is ridiculous there good and bad people in every organization whether football or otherwise. I found it amazing that Ray Lewis said that he is reached greatness because he is want to superbowls. Like Florio wrote popularity in fame does not equate to being the Benefactor of a loving God as history has shown time and time again

  83. jkb3583 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:18 PM

    Mike Florio, I’ve followed these forums for over a year now because I can efficiently get information on the go as it pertains to Professional Football. Stick to covering professional football and don’t over analyze a matter in which you hold no jurisdiction nor any factual data regarding Ray Lewis in regards this legal matter. You come across as uneducated and extremely disrespectful when you begin rambling about a matter in which you have no right to discuss in this much length. You’re an excellent football newscaster and blogger. Stick to football and keep the respect people have built for you.

  84. cubi1 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:18 PM

    Thank you Mike for telling it like it is.

  85. InFact says: Feb 4, 2013 10:18 PM

    CBS’s managing editor in charge of assigning interviews should be ashamed of him/herself, given anyone with an iota of journalistic integrity does NOT have a former, retired teammate interview his former comrade about a controversial subject.

  86. thejuddstir says: Feb 4, 2013 10:20 PM

    CBS knew, before sending (not-so-Sharp)Shannon to interview ray-ray that one brother would look out for another. If CBS wanted a serious and legit interview, they would’ve sent Boomer, but then we all know ray-ray wouldn’t do an interview with anyone other than a brother who he was also friends with. Even without the ray-ray joke of an interview, CBS needs to get rid of Not-so-Sharp, he adds nothing to the CBS team, can’t speak clear english, and thinks it’s all about him. Kudos to Florio for explaining ray-rays b.s. in a manner that even the biggest raven homer can understand.

  87. rboutote says: Feb 4, 2013 10:20 PM

    Maybe one day Ray will write a book and come clean about it… Doubtful though. Even if he did it would prob be him dancing around the issue and more of him preaching his skewed version of “God’s plan” Loved this guy as a player but it’s hard to respect a murderer despite all of his attempts to clean his image up.

  88. eerslbs says: Feb 4, 2013 10:20 PM

    Aren’t the facts already out there about the murder? Im pretty sure people and reporters just choose to not talk about them. Two people died, they know who did it, but it was ruled self defense because the two that died started the fight. Is this not right?

  89. modecai1026 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:21 PM

    Except Ray didn’t avoid any truth. He testified in court about what happened and even the people who he testified against were acquitted. Seriously. And a clown? He spends a lot of time and money helping disadvantaged youths in Baltimore. Who’s the clown? The guy who was in a bad situation but has done everything he can to redeem himself and help people or the people who won’t stop bringing the incident up because it guarantees cheap hits on your site? This whole thing is a joke. You don’t have to like him or the way he brings up religion, but if you seriously think he is murderer you are full of it. And he’s not fake at all dude.

  90. northshorejag says: Feb 4, 2013 10:21 PM

    ???
    1. Are you really asking Ray Lewis to potentially incriminate himself in front of a rolling TV camera

    2. Are you saying had NBC broadcast the SB this year that question would have been asked.

    3. How do you know the question wasn’t asked? Was the interview live?

    4. How do you know the questions weren’t Pre-submit to the Lewis camp and rejected?

  91. rcunningham says: Feb 4, 2013 10:21 PM

    I don’t think Ray killed anybody that night.

    BUT he definitely knows what happened, and he ain’t saying. I reckon he threw a couple punches at these dudes, his buddies came out with a knife, and before you knew it, two people were dead.

    Ray Lewis isn’t a murderer, but he damn sure hasn’t told us everything. And that in itself can be just as bad.

  92. notthatguy87 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:22 PM

    Nice work Mike

  93. ohyousooner says: Feb 4, 2013 10:24 PM

    Thank you Mike. I have felt uncomfortable with all the praise showered on Ray Lewis. False prophet finally put words to the feeling. Much more needs to be said about this before we celebrate this supposed man of god.

  94. douglasgreenbriar says: Feb 4, 2013 10:25 PM

    Florio just moved up a notch in my book… that puts him at notch 1.

  95. edithpiaf51 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:25 PM

    We know that there is a devil or an adversary and that is why contrary to what Ray Lewis thinks, there were many who rose to prominence who did evil. Just a few examples are Julius Caesar, Attila the hun, King Nebachennezza (I hope I spelled it correctly), Ivan the terrible, Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein and there are others. I am not sure where Ray Lewis gets his information but he does not seem that educated, yet he seems smart enough to know what to say and what not to say. He would make a great politician or a lawyer if he was educated in those areas. He may have changed and he may be sincere in his love for God but he is still not telling us everything we need to know. Was he acquitted?

  96. joerevs300 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:25 PM

    On the one hand, given how Christianity is being purged from our country, I welcome any discourse where we talk about God and how He created everything for His glory.

    On the other hand, I seriously doubt God had any interest in the Ray Lewis retirement tour to the point he’d allow everything and anything go right for Baltimore for them to win a Super Bowl. I’m just guessing here that God has more pressing matters.

    Just like millions of people “know” OJ did it, even though he was found not guilty, millions of people think to “know” Ray Lewis committed murder.

    The truth is, we will never know about the Ray Lewis situation. It’s dead and gone. Unless someone wants to come forward with some evidence.

    And then he’ll be on the first plane to talk to Oprah.

  97. stack7 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:26 PM

    Thank you for being one of the rare few in the media willing to speak frankly about this man. To me, he is everything that is wrong with professional sports.

    1) invoking of religion to claim he’s a good person.

    2) obstruction of justice in a double murder?

    3) Barry Sanders and Art Monk were some of the greatest to play the game and also spiritual. They didn’t parade their spirituality nor did they show boat on the field. They did their job.

    Ray, either be the clown that you are or speak candidly about what happened back then and ask for forgiveness, as is the Christian way. But you can’t have it both ways. you can’t claim to be one thing and allow your actions to consistently belie your words. Thanks, Florio, for being ballsy and calling this guy out. Maybe ESPN will rehab their rep and fire him.

    i give him 1 year maybe 2 before he’s arrested for something else…true colors.

  98. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Feb 4, 2013 10:27 PM

    All of a sudden it’s a big issue now,because this is the SuperBowl.What happened the last 12+ years?

  99. rg3bionicknee says: Feb 4, 2013 10:27 PM

    Very thoughtfully written article. This is what sets PFT apart and why I continue to read this site every day.

  100. modecai1026 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:28 PM

    The victims attacked his crew and two members of his crew had knives and used them. It’s an ugly situation, but it doesn’t make Lewis a murderer. The police knew he didn’t do it. He shouldn’t have lied about it, but you guys seriously need to grow up. It’s like you’re emotionally invested in criticizing him. He’s not a murderer. Let it go.

  101. hotdog113 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:28 PM

    Super Bowl is over. Ray is retiring.

    Why cry about this? We get it, you don’t like the guy. Why try and rain on his parade and his fans?

    This site used to be great, but it has fallen low. Cheapshots, continual whining about the lack of black candidates for coaching positions ( oops….should I say the racism of teams against the hundreds of black coaching candidates?), the regurgitation of news from other sites….

    It’s time to close this down.

  102. eaglesfan94 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:28 PM

    Why are you wasting your time with this? Ray Lewis doesn’t owe any of you people anything. Not answers or explanations, and you just can’t leave it alone. Your obsessed. Move on.

    ————————————————-

    You’re*

  103. jiggy3198 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:29 PM

    Ray murdered no one. The men who purchased the knives that killed the two men with guns were acquitted based on self defense. Ray testifies against them after not telling eveything. He did not murder any one. The men did it and admitted it but were acquitted by self defense

  104. westclaims says: Feb 4, 2013 10:30 PM

    Again, this is why I did not watch the game yesterday. I knew there would be a PR spin on all of this.

    Used to be about the game. About the actual competition.

  105. nejerseygirl says: Feb 4, 2013 10:30 PM

    All you people defending Ray Lewis… are you serious? He can’t answer a question directly! And when asked what he’d say to the families, he basically said it was meant to happen because God is always right and they were supposed to die.

    If he was involved in one of your family member’s murder, I’m pretty sure that you’d want to know the truth.. regardless of whether it was one year, or 50 years later.

    He’s a horrible person, and his holier-than-thou act isn’t working.

  106. therealtrenches says: Feb 4, 2013 10:31 PM

    Thank you, Mike. Well done.

  107. andrewjones1124 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:32 PM

    OMG…who cares!!! It is an old tired story. I am too sick of the whole god thing and yes the story about him putting his hands on Jacoby Jones to xfer god’s power through, that is old. But stop with the murder thing…It’s been 13 yrs now

  108. footballchic777 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:33 PM

    If you stop interviewing him, he will have no platform to spew his garbage. I can not wait for that day!

  109. mrcogburn says: Feb 4, 2013 10:33 PM

    Amen Florio.

    Let’s take an offering.

  110. thejuddstir says: Feb 4, 2013 10:34 PM

    Can’t wait for Ray Lewis’s new book “If I Had Did It”…..oh wait, O.J. beat him to it. What a couple of losers in life

  111. thefiesty1 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:35 PM

    As guilty as Simpson. Goat away with it. And now he’s retired. In the end he’ll get his due.

  112. baymac408 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:35 PM

    The whole Super Bowl theme was purple and gold.. The 49ERS were not gonna get a fair shake from the referees from the beginning.. The NFL ROLLED OUT THE CARPET AND DECIDED WHO THEY WANTED TO WIN FROM THE BEGGINING.. Go look at all backgrounds and themes of Super Bowl.. When the NINERS came out it said ray Lewis everywhere!!!! Conspiracy 49ERS fans NFL didn’t want us to win.. We will be back!!

  113. biglaj007 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:35 PM

    Florio is a lifelong fan of Tim Tebow and loves everything about Philadelphia.

  114. austinforever says: Feb 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    This isn’t he drove drunk and crashed into a tree 13 years ago, this is two people were murdered and he was obviously involved. You don’t get to ‘move on’ from something like this. All the let it go comments are ridiculous and if you were related to the deceased, lets see how quickly you let it go.

  115. vmannj says: Feb 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    Twenty years from now, Ray Lewis will be just like OJ – writing books on how to get away with murder.

  116. baymac408 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    The whole Super Bowl theme was purple and gold.. The 49ERS were not gonna get a fair shake from the referees from the beginning.. The NFL ROLLED OUT THE CARPET AND DECIDED WHO THEY WANTED TO WIN FROM THE BEGGINING.. Go look at all backgrounds and themes of Super Bowl.. When the NINERS came out it said ray Lewis everywhere!!!! Conspiracy 49ERS fans NFL didn’t want us to win.. We will be back!!!!!

  117. censoredagain says: Feb 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:54 PM

    We fart in the face of Ray Lewis’ legacy. Our dynasty is flawless and his is a disgrace.

    So the women that accused Ben of rape just had a change of heart at the last second? Tell me you dont believe that. As soon as those checks cleared, they dropped all accusations. Hardly what I’d call flawless.

  118. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 4, 2013 10:37 PM

    Sharpe butchered the interview.

  119. keepingitrealdumb says: Feb 4, 2013 10:37 PM

    unbelievable how this scumbag can get away with this just cause he can play football. if he were a lousy player he would be in jail right now

  120. baymac408 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:38 PM

    The whole Super Bowl theme was purple and gold.. The 49ERS were not gonna get a fair shake from the referees from the beginning.. The NFL ROLLED OUT THE CARPET AND DECIDED WHO THEY WANTED TO WIN FROM THE BEGGINING.9-2 in penalties. Go look at all backgrounds and themes of Super Bowl.. When the NINERS came out it said ray Lewis everywhere!!!! Conspiracy 49ERS fans NFL didn’t want us to win.. We will be back!!!!!

  121. derekjwest says: Feb 4, 2013 10:39 PM

    Great article Florio!!!

  122. footballfan77 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:39 PM

    Ok people need to stop talking about this
    #1. If he was guilty he would be in jail

    #2. Are system is messed up,so if he did kill those two people he got away with because of our corrupt system

    #3. If you killed 2 people and was not found guilty would you tell the truth! Or would that stay with you till your death!

    #4. if hes guilty or not we will never know so get over it and move on already

  123. bubblehead22 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:39 PM

    Sports is a obviously a huge part of our culture and we want to believe that our sports heroes are also quality humans. Great athlete doesn’t automatically equal quality human.

    It’s sad this guy has had the story book career and gets to ride off into the sunset as a champion while that kid’s family has had to watch. The sports media treats ray and his tired act as if his on the field greatness some how spills over into all he does.

    He’s simply another in a long line of NFL players who should be or will be behind bars. A wealthy person who paid for his version of the truth.

    Karma waits, here’s hoping she is waiting for just the right time.

  124. sdisme says: Feb 4, 2013 10:40 PM

    One of the best takes ever by any member of NFL media.

    Nice article Mike.

  125. jackblackshairyback says: Feb 4, 2013 10:40 PM

    The saddest thing about all this is that two people were brutally murdered, not Ray claiming he was railroaded.

  126. dadsource says: Feb 4, 2013 10:41 PM

    Ray Lewis < God

  127. baymac408 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:41 PM

    The whole Super Bowl theme was purple and gold.. The 49ERS were not gonna get a fair shake from the referees from the beginning.. The NFL ROLLED OUT THE CARPET AND DECIDED WHO THEY WANTED TO WIN FROM THE BEGGINING.9-2 in penalties. Go look at all backgrounds and themes of Super Bowl.. When the NINERS came out it said ray Lewis everywhere!!!! Conspiracy 49ERS fans NFL didn’t want us to win.. We will be back!! ! Post it

  128. romeisburningtfb says: Feb 4, 2013 10:42 PM

    This was an excellent post. Great to know you think of more than just football. A lot of analysts and writers ignore the outside factors. Maybe Lewis truly has repented and been forgiven by God. None of us will know. But I won’t support a guy like that. Between him and Terrell Suggs, I can’t support much on that ravens team. They aren’t real men in my eyes.

  129. baymac408 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:42 PM

    The whole Super Bowl theme was purple and gold.. The 49ERS were not gonna get a fair shake from the referees from the beginning.. The NFL ROLLED OUT THE CARPET AND DECIDED WHO THEY WANTED TO WIN FROM THE BEGGINING.9-2 in penalties. Go look at all backgrounds and themes of Super Bowl.. When the NINERS came out it said ray Lewis everywhere!!!! Conspiracy 49ERS fans NFL didn’t want us to win.. We will be back!! ! Post it!!!!

  130. bkostela says: Feb 4, 2013 10:42 PM

    jackpardeepants says:
    Feb 4, 2013 10:16 PM
    Boomer Esiason calling him out a few times was one of the highlights of the super bowl IMO
    ____________

    boomer is a coward. he wouldn’t have had anything to say to ray if he had interviewed him instead of shannon

  131. randomcommenter says: Feb 4, 2013 10:42 PM

    The media crushed Joe Paterno, saying he did not do enough to stop Sandusky. Paterno was not a witness and he did report the little he was told to the campus police who then botched things. That’s why Paterno was neve charged with a crime like the other penn state administrators.

    Contrast that with Ray Lewis who witnessed the murders and then went on the stand and gave vague testimony to help his buddies beat the charges.

    Ray Lewis actually did what Paterno was accused of, looking the other way. Lewis was charged with a crime to which ray plead guilty.

    For some reason to the media, Paterno is the devil and Ray Lewis is role model. It’s all in how the story is spun.

  132. yousuxxors says: Feb 4, 2013 10:42 PM

    he isnt guilty of murder but guilty of not ratting. the da charged him with murder to get him to rat and its why it was plead down to obstruction. maybe the da should of did an actual investigation instead of just charging a famous peraon who was there.

  133. bigdaddydooko says: Feb 4, 2013 10:42 PM

    I don’t know what ray knows or what ray doesn’t know and what he isn’t telling us, but I do think that his constant preaching and putting football on the pedestal as the ultimate testament to gods glory will carry over to his time on espn. And it’s going to get old very quickly.

  134. rockthered1286 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:43 PM

    LET IT GO!!!! ITS OVER WITH!!!

    You people really need to find something better to do with your time than focus on a murder that happened 13 years ago that was witnessed by a retired player. One that was so poorly investigated that the lead detective resigned immediately afterwards. One that saw Ray Lewis CLEARED OF ANY WRONGDOING and convicted the two others involved with manslaughter due to self defense.

    I get it. His comments can be viewed as outlandish. But the truth of the matter is the media KNOWS what Ray is going to say, so they know what to ask and wait for fireworks. Same goes for Tebow. The Jets. Randy Moss. Suh. It’s predictable, lazy and pathetic. And damn poor journalism at this point when you go out of your way to attack a man every possible chance you get for nothing more than site hits.

    World champion Baltimore Ravens. If they didn’t win it all you wouldn’t be posting these articles, just like you haven’t for the past umpteen years.

  135. billslane93 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:44 PM

    best thing you’ve ever written Florio…bravo

  136. angusmaximus89 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:44 PM

    there was a trial. He testified against his friends. He actually got more punishment then they did because they were aquitted in self defense and he made a plea deal for his testimony against them. the two “murdered” were known to have gang ties and witnesses say they provoked the fight. I’m my opinion the question has been answered.

  137. slayer47 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:45 PM

    why in the world would he ever tell shannon sharpe

  138. cb2488 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:45 PM

    God has never made a mistake? Really? Tell that to the 26 families in Sandy Hook. To those 80 people in that Aurora theater. To the millions of people shattered by Sept 11. To the families you PAID OFF. Total BS man. This guy is put on a pedestal by the entire media just because he’s successful at a game.

  139. Deb says: Feb 4, 2013 10:46 PM

    People may not like to hear this, but Ray Lewis doesn’t owe the public a story or anything else just because he plays football for a living. It doesn’t work that way. He struck a plea deal with prosecutors and testified against others involved in this case. He’s met his legal burden as far as the courts are concerned.

    I agree with you regarding Ray’s assertion that God only lets the good guys succeed in this life. Not true. The Bible says the rain falls on the just and the unjust. But the courts have closed the books on Ray Lewis’s involvement in that homicide case. The media doesn’t need to hound him for the rest of his life. They’re not hounding anyone else involved in the case.

  140. kagey7 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:47 PM

    Is ESPN taking note of the disapproval by such a large portion of the population? I will use my mute button whenever he comes on.

  141. jameslongstaffe says: Feb 4, 2013 10:48 PM

    I am happy for 2 things after the SuperBowl… (1) OJ Brigance as an inspiration to others. (2) Ray Lewis is no longer an NFL player. Ray Lewis is aware of God, even more than the family of the deceased, if only they knew how God works? Tell us about Glory Ray & I’ll show you Bernard Madoff. Sometimes the liars are at an advantage, just saying lol

  142. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Feb 4, 2013 10:50 PM

    I wonder how Ravens fans feel about Casey Anthony…

  143. modecai1026 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:55 PM

    lol @ everyone being upset about something Ray Lewis didn’t even do. You understand that right? He didn’t do it. Realize that before you talk trash.

  144. Cereal says: Feb 4, 2013 10:56 PM

    Nothing good happens outside of night clubs at 4 am

  145. kw27p says: Feb 4, 2013 10:56 PM

    Shannon sharpe is loser. Anyone who lines up next to ray Lewis is also a loser too. Also u ppl say move on just bc he plays for your football team? Pathetic

  146. vermverm says: Feb 4, 2013 10:57 PM

    Is the game bigger than life itself? Lance Armstrong (jack*** liar) is condemned in all the media. But because you can win a Superbowl you are a hero? Lance cheated at a sport and lied, Ray was at minimum involved in the murder of two men. Yet who in your perception is the bigger villain?

  147. thegregwitul says: Feb 4, 2013 10:57 PM

    God is weeping right now.

  148. floriohatesthebengals says: Feb 4, 2013 10:58 PM

    Great article Florio.

  149. thebadguyswon says: Feb 4, 2013 11:00 PM

    Excellent article, Florio.

  150. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:00 PM

    I think Ray is responsible for their deaths, and that’s why even though there wasn’t enough evidence for guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt”, there was enough to push him past “preponderance of the evidence” threshold.

    And that’s when the checkbook came out.

  151. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 4, 2013 11:02 PM

    Bold and magnificent. Great job on this one Mike.

  152. jssgriffi says: Feb 4, 2013 11:03 PM

    Vegas shoulda had an over/under for the amount of times he would say god after being asked about the murder!

  153. garza0080 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:07 PM

    God will judge him and that’s final, Whether he did it or not it is up to god to judge and forgive and not any one else. The only thing we can do is feel for the man and not judge him because its not our job. I sue feel bad for him if he did do it and doesn’t repent on his own, with true meaning in his heart. I am human and in the book, a lie, a murder,stealing, and adultery are not treated as different levels of sins. They are all the same. So unless you repent and stop sinning, your domed to the debts of hell…He must stop with all the religious stuff and tell the truth only then will he be forgive. The fact he acts like he has concussion and doesn’t remember anything that happened that night only makes him look guilty and bad. I like him as a player. I think he new it was his last year and his guilty thoughts made him spread the word of god as much as possibly could to show The Lord that he is worthy of entry. In order to get in the main hall of fame life of eternity you must be true to your heart, so he needs to at least say something or he looks guilty and people will always badly judge him no matter what. Which leaves the conclusion of denial at the gates of heaven and the kingdom of god! Ray Lewis Give the people some sort of truth that’s believable and the truth, maybe they will forgive you. If the truth happens to land you in prison you do some time and well at least you get into heaven and not burn in hell. But sitting there and acting like you don’t remember makes you look really bad 52…

  154. hendawg21 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:11 PM

    He’s guilty and a phony…his act is stale, and i’m sick of hearing all these praises as if he’s the best thing to happen to football. Just anothef clown who puts on a show when they know the cameras rolling i.e that stupid a$$ dance of his.

  155. eoneil32 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:14 PM

    Great article!

  156. rwpsych16 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:15 PM

    Hate to see a scum like him go out on top. Its always one BS line after another with Lewis. All of his fake emotion and hiding behind religion is sickening. Great article though.

  157. timebandit24 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:16 PM

    You people need to stop quoting the bible if your not going to get it complete and correct. The Lord does in fact state for you to use his armor, which would be him, to fight your daily battles. Furthermore, The Lord uses sinners to do his work and I believe ray is one of them. Lastly, what the world thinks of ray lewis won’t get him to heaven, sent to hell, or get any of you into either, nor make your life complete. Get off the man and worry about your own soul and not his.

  158. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 4, 2013 11:16 PM

    What I want to know is… Why did the media decide this was the topic now? They were around when the events took place, after the events took place. They decided to let the story die, because why? It was old news? So the story sits there all these years, hardly brought up? He retires, suddenly the murders and his involvment are news again? Now we want to put him on public trial. The media has had 13 whatever years to put him on public trial. Why does the story matter only when he retired?

  159. imeanwhatisay says: Feb 4, 2013 11:16 PM

    I wouldn’t tell yall nothing ever .the man just won the freaking superbowl he already lived that part of his life thru the courts yrs ago.he want to celebrate his team win not go down memory lane for a bunch of idiots that don’t like him or his team .Oh hey mike why don’t u go ask him yourself and see what you get or go in the hood and investigator yourself .I BET YOU WON’T LMAO

  160. steelcurtainn says: Feb 4, 2013 11:22 PM

    Ray is as fake and guilty as they come. He’ll pay the price with the big man upstairs someday.

  161. f1shlz says: Feb 4, 2013 11:30 PM

    What if there is no god? I have some very strong opinions on the subject as do most – if not all – of the posters of this site (mostly believers it seems) but this is not the place for it.

    Instead of questioning if “god” cares about football or not (he doesn’t) maybe we need to use some logic and question whether it’s really possible there is a god at all. You would justifiably call Ray crazy if he played and won football games for Thor’s glory, yet you accept that there is a god Ray is playing for, even if said god doesn’t approve.

    This is, or at least was, a football site. Can we keep church and football separate? Some of us like to read articles about football and not have to shudder at the foolish comments about a god whose existence you have no proof of. If you guys stop bringing god into football articles, I won’t be a negative atheist about things, deal?

  162. tombradyishotgarbage says: Feb 4, 2013 11:33 PM

    Ray Lewis once again dances around issue of Superbowl murders…………so what? If you losers hate the guy so much then why are you wasting so much time tripping over something that you can’t do $*it about. I bet Ray Lewis don’t give a flying rats a$$ about what none of you redneck boogers think, he just won a Superbowl ring and you have nothing but misery and hatred. Hate On Suckas!! Go Ravens!!

  163. timsizzle83 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:39 PM

    People never cease to amaze me, 2 people who were oinvolved in a drunken brawl got stabbed and died. Happens every day all across our country. Ray lewis didn’t stab anyone, the lead detective said as much. He also said that the prosecutor never had any evidence to the contrary and acted foolishly by charging lewis in the 1st place. He was so disgusted by the way it was handled that he quit being ahomicide detective as a result. They believe sweeting commited the stabbings and always have. Ray did nothing more than exercise his legal rights and slide some people money to attempt to keep his name out of an unfortunate situation. The only mistake he made was being in that place with those people. Have you never been “involved” in something bad that happened because of someone elses actions? Cast the first stone, go head Rays waiting. .oh wait no he’s not, he’s celebrating and praising god for the gifts he’s been given. I’m not a religous person, but despite what people make themselves believe, he obviously is and people with that belief think differently about pennance for wrong doings. Its between him and god basically.

  164. mizzanu says: Feb 4, 2013 11:48 PM

    huge pft fan and had to create a name to reply to this one.

    there were so many inaccuracies in this and false connections/assumptions/inferences made. i knew that this article was written with a personal agenda rather than to provoke any sort of worthwhile conversation.

    my suspicion: florio must be from pittsburgh

    the google search result: live/work in WV and went to school at Carnegie Melon.

    you are clearly bitter that the ravens won. that article was so personally skewed and misrepresents facts. portraying a settlement as paying people off is so misleading. why even bring it up after the superbowl is over (or before for that matter)?

    judging by the amount of posts (including mine), i guess that’s why you wrote it. lets move on.

  165. jerseyguy65 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:50 PM

    The whole thing is stilll unbelievable…..most of the Ray supporters make no sense….whether he actually stabbed the guys is yes debatable other than that the question is….Ray WHERE IS THE WHITE SUIT????

    He paid off his friends and half a$$ed testified against them.

    And of course temmate Shannon isn’t gonna ask him about the suit and what he knows….what did he actually ask him? You can’t understnad a word Sharpoe says anyway, how he has a job i don’t know.

    Of course he knows what happened, if he didn’t why don’t you just say sso Ray????? Quit the hiding behind the God story, please

    And the saddest…..he’ll probably get in the HOF in 5 yrs…..why? He’s no different than Bonds, Clemens…They beat the system on a technicality just like Ray did and look at their HOF support……Ray did/involved in much worse!!!

  166. tjimmie says: Feb 4, 2013 11:57 PM

    For some reason unknown, law enforcement can’t figure out “who-dun-it.” Maybe he didn’t have anything to do with it, but the missing white suit is rather suspicious.

    If Ray is guilty, and walks his bible talk with any conscience, he will come clean on his own.

  167. monkeyhateclean says: Feb 4, 2013 11:57 PM

    You want to know if Ray-Ray murdered the F**K out someone?

    Two words: Born again!

    Three more words: Tim Tebow, biatches!

    Eleven more, if you got s’more: I beat my murder wrap ten years ago, whitey!

  168. countduku says: Feb 5, 2013 12:13 AM

    Just imagihe the look on Ray Lewis’s face when after the moment he dies and thinks he’s crossing Heaven’s gate, only to see the Devil himself, walk through the thick smoke doing the Ray Lewis goofy dance with a big smile on his face, and a sign that says “Welcome Home Ray, get comfortable, you’ll be here awhile.”

  169. twtwigg says: Feb 5, 2013 12:17 AM

    I can’t say this was a good piece of writing because this is a classic Florio “repeat a story until to get hits” tactic. Florio, what kind of answer did you expect in that scenario?! A play by play on the events of that night?!

  170. giablommi says: Feb 5, 2013 12:21 AM

    “Ray owes none of fans or media members any explanation. You guys are more angry at Ray Lewis then someone like Casey Anthony who got away with murdering an innocent child. He went through the system and beat it, let him live.”
    ^^^^^
    Difference is, noone’s holding up Casey Anthony as a role model or pegging her to be a commercial spokesman for ads or ESPN to profit from their celebrity. If Ray wants to put on the good public persona, invoke the name of God in every interview and public setting, then he does owe it to the public to fess up and reveal what really went down.

    Otherwise, we can only look at his act as just that, a cynical effort to bury the fact that two people are dead, possibly at his hands, while he hides behind religion.

    The bigger issue is why some in the media are willing to overlook this man’s checkered past and glorify him, when his legacy should be told in more honest teams, one that reflects well on the field and unflattering off it. And second, why is Roger Goodell giving him brohugs and acting like Rays friend and confidante when we all know Rodge would have defintely drop a 6 to 10 game suspension had this happened during Goodell’s unfortunate tenure?

  171. drewsylvania says: Feb 5, 2013 12:23 AM

    Love it that people can overlook murder as long as he’s on their team. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

  172. drewsylvania says: Feb 5, 2013 12:26 AM

    The guy is OJ.

  173. drewsylvania says: Feb 5, 2013 12:30 AM

    Does any non-Ravens fan believe Lewis’ crap?

  174. twtwigg says: Feb 5, 2013 12:37 AM

    And one more thing. Can you point out anything over the last 13 years that would point to this being a repetitive character flaw? No? I’m very glad people aren’t bringing up things I did at 25 and using them to define who I am today. I’m sure you are as well Florio. Actually, if you could go ahead and post the worst decisions of your life at least once a week and allow us to tell you what kind person you are, that would be awesome.

  175. redskinfansince82 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:39 AM

    I’m suprised half this crap makes it on the site with all the censorship and editing of comments. Makes me wonder if this site is fixed????hmmmm?

  176. contraisloosebuthole says: Feb 5, 2013 12:40 AM

    Plain and simple if it was one of us we would still be in a cell some place. I like the Ravens and they would be my AFC team but they ray-ray and his god (most likely satan). If I was a Ravens fan I would be glad he is retiring.

  177. tek9er says: Feb 5, 2013 1:08 AM

    BTW Here’s what the Bible says about the Ray Lewis types:

    Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are : for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

  178. kanemoney says: Feb 5, 2013 1:11 AM

    Hasn’t there been 20+ articles on this just on this site? It’s clear – he gave a ride to some people who did a bad thing. That’s it. He did not commit murder or aid in the act of murder. Simple as that.

  179. 1509lucky says: Feb 5, 2013 1:32 AM

    How many times are we going to have to hear this story? Two Gang Bangers get stabbed in a Bar Fight that THEY started and we are supposed to rehash this over and over again? It also amazes me that the idiots who continue to call Ray Lewis a Murderer suddenly find themselves filled with compassion for a couple of guys who if they encounterd on the street,would go out o their way to avoid. Hypocrites much?

  180. bspurloc says: Feb 5, 2013 1:41 AM

    “god” created a ray lewis along with some farmers
    to of course get rid of the North American Indians who could not survive all by themselves.
    Amen

  181. CKL says: Feb 5, 2013 1:41 AM

    The worst (hypocrisy wise) part of the whole interview was his claim that he spends a lot of his own money to help families of his own free will yet couldn’t spare a dime for his own charity he set up.

    @ttomytom, you are a policeman right? I don’t think Ray murdered anyone, but your scenario sounds plausible.

  182. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 5, 2013 1:43 AM

    Perhaps he chicken danced around the issue of the murders?

  183. watermelon1 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:14 AM

    Everyone acting like they know anything about this. If you don’t even know who the people who died were, you really have no right to be casting judgements and being a “false prophet” of your own.

    Ray Lewis didnt hurt you in any way. You’re just mad because he’s been dominant for so long, and he likes to dance and he likes to talk.

    Stop crying over something you still don’t have any idea about, didn’t effect you, and happened over 13 years ago.

  184. azcm2511 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:41 AM

    Forget Ray Lewis for a minute….Shannon Sharpe is such a bag of a$$ that the network that pays him to speak on television should have their license revoked. Any wonder why Belichick didn’t give him an interview following the AFC Championship game? Sharpe is so biased as a talking head that he should wear a Ravens uniform instead of a suit.

  185. polarbearsquares says: Feb 5, 2013 4:10 AM

    Ray Lewis was not the only person there that night. How can he solve a crime not even the cops and the DA could?

    Dude. If you want to open up a crime or religious blog please do. Otherwise I really could care less about this crap. Ray Lewis is not an investigative reporter, crime investigator or prosecuting DA. He told them what he knew. That was part of the deal that got the murder charges dropped.

    Sigh.

  186. censoredagain says: Feb 5, 2013 5:27 AM

    “He didnt do it! HE DIDNT DO IT!!1!”

    -Voices of the naive

  187. gammynomnom says: Feb 5, 2013 5:29 AM

    If Ray actually read that bible instead of thumping it, he would see that Mose killed an Egyptian guard and went on to be used for quite a bit of glory.

    Far beyond piling on tackles in a millionaires game.

    The difference was in his heart. Ray doesn’t have one.

  188. jaccfrost says: Feb 5, 2013 5:42 AM

    Sounds like all you critics are sore losers…..the guy went through the criminal justice system and was acquitted!! What do you want from him?

  189. chawk12thman says: Feb 5, 2013 5:50 AM

    Hope it all gets settled and fully exposed before the first ballot for his HOF induction. He may have obstructed justice to cover for his friends. He may have been more involved than has been exposed ths far. We, the public should know a bit more details before he gets into the HOF.

    Gee, I wonder is any of the sports reporters who have the votes will ever ask the direct question you mention Mike. My guess is; not a chance.

  190. oriolesvsravens says: Feb 5, 2013 6:10 AM

    Didn’t this happen at a night club? Was there any other witnesses? Did Ray agree to basically rat out his boys? Why haven’t they come forward to say Ray played a bigger role on this? Didn’t Ray address this just as recent as his A Football Life episode? Where was this story last year when that episode aired?

  191. Gravy says: Feb 5, 2013 6:23 AM

    You’re the idiot. Lewis is the murderer.

  192. yourignorancespreads says: Feb 5, 2013 6:32 AM

    Unless you know something about the case I would suggest you let god take the roll of punishing us if our justice system fails to provide the evidence or truth. But don’t you dare think you have the Right to taunt, judge, poke fun or abuse anyone because that’s what you believe. Soon enough on your day of doom. Not only will you be provided with the answers you will see where you were wrong for even thinking in a way that you may have thought was right while here on earth so be carefull everyone.

  193. ncbengalmike says: Feb 5, 2013 6:52 AM

    Paul Stagg says:
    Feb 4, 2013 10:00 PM
    Why do you ignore what happened at the trial of Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting?

    Why do you ignore they were unanimously acquitted after arguing self defense?

    Why do you ignore who started the fight by hitting Oakley in the head with a Champagne bottle?

    Lewis has nothing to answer.

    ____________________________

    And dead men can’t testify

  194. gonavybeatarmy says: Feb 5, 2013 6:53 AM

    Ray Lewis is OJ.

    Shannon Sharpe is an inarticulate clown. CBS should use subtitles when he speaks to interpret what he’s saying.

  195. fanofevilempire says: Feb 5, 2013 7:00 AM

    can’t wait to tune in to ESPN and hear Ray Ray.

  196. gizzmonic says: Feb 5, 2013 7:06 AM

    too bad O.J. is locked down. They could team up and pool resources to find both killers. Maybe pick up Ray Caruth along the way

  197. rugdaniels says: Feb 5, 2013 7:22 AM

    Enough. I sat through this phony all post season and suffered through his act before, during, and after the Super Bowl. As of Monday morning we all get the reward of having Ray Lewis go away. The next story should be when he gets into the Hall of Fame. Unless he says something stupid on ESPN I don’t want to hear from him or about him. Stop writing about him, let Ray Lewis go away.

  198. bigdaddyraven says: Feb 5, 2013 7:37 AM

    1509lucky says:
    Feb 5, 2013 1:32 AM
    How many times are we going to have to hear this story? Two Gang Bangers get stabbed in a Bar Fight that THEY started and we are supposed to rehash this over and over again? It also amazes me that the idiots who continue to call Ray Lewis a Murderer suddenly find themselves filled with compassion for a couple of guys who if they encounterd on the street,would go out o their way to avoid. Hypocrites much?

    ===================================
    Extremely well said! Where is all the concern for the people who get murdered everyday? Ray’s community work provides an example of the person he is. So many players are selfish and don’t give back beyond some bs foundation, Ray gives so much to so many families.

    And not one of you were there and knows what happenned that night.

  199. balzer41 says: Feb 5, 2013 7:41 AM

    If Ray is really as religious as he says he is, then he will have to answer to God one of these days on his judgement day. He doesn’t owe me an answer to what happened but he sure as heck owe’s one to God and he won’t be able to dance around the question from him.

  200. purpleattack says: Feb 5, 2013 7:49 AM

    The tears of all the haters are delicious. Keep on crying guys and girls but the trophy has a home in Baltimore this year. Florio and PFP are just being typical journalists, drumming up something out of nothing time and time again for rating. ibthiscommentgetsdeleted.

  201. gmenfan1982 says: Feb 5, 2013 7:57 AM

    Whereas I don’t believe in all this religious phoney baloney, this is a great post. What really did happen that night? Just answer the question. Seems to be that he’s using all this convoluted religious jargon to navigate around giving a truthful answer.

  202. buddysguys says: Feb 5, 2013 8:00 AM

    Ray God is a belief a fictional character to give people hope, i have never seen him nor has anyone i have ever met. I know a lot of prisoners find him but i never really see pic of them hanging out after they ran into each other in cell block 6. He must have some concussion issues to keep referencing God as a human that sits next to him on the bench going over coverages….believe in what ever you want that’s your choice but don’ tell me that he was sitting around saw that you were accused of killing two people and he decided to come and save you.

  203. waylander2772 says: Feb 5, 2013 8:03 AM

    Giving someone a ride to escape a murder scene makes you an accessory to the crime. And people’s disgust with Ray Lewis has nothing to do with how they feel about the victims, but the crime.

    I don’t think that Lewis murdered those two men, but I think he knows who did. The laws in Georgia allowed the prosecutors to file murder charges against Lewis in order to pressure him to testify truthfully, under oath, to the events that transpired that night. Under the threat of a murder charge he agreed to testify against his friends, and then proceeded to lie and purposefully mislead the jury. Ray Lewis is a bad person and should never be thought of differently, despite how well he played middle linebacker.

  204. wshifflette says: Feb 5, 2013 8:06 AM

    I live in Baltimore but I grew up a HUGE Redskins fan, this has been a tough week to live in this city. Ray Lewis gets more praise than Michael Phelps which is ridiculous.

  205. ham1 says: Feb 5, 2013 8:10 AM

    Darrell Green. A man of faith. Great NFL Star. Pillar of the community. Never arrested. Never did anything to get arrested for. Yet he was very much a man of faith but you never heard him spout the scripture like that fraud lewis has. Green always took the path of humility, something lewis knows abosolutely nothing about. People still love Darrell Green today as a reminder that there are universally classy and respected men in the NFL. Ray will NEVER command that respect anywhere but Baltimore. That should tell you something. They must know something the rest of the world doesnt. Baltimorons.

  206. Shinnbone says: Feb 5, 2013 8:17 AM

    I’m not so sure that Sharpe wasn’t involved the way he came to Ray Ray’s defense.

  207. bartlettruss says: Feb 5, 2013 8:19 AM

    Whether he’s guilty or innocent of the murders I have a hard time picturing Jesus wrestling Jim Nantz for a microphone, lying to the cops, ditching his blood stained clothes and having 6 children by 4 wives by the time he’s 35 years old.

    To paraphrase TO, Ray loves him some Ray!! BTW…. Ray deserves the LaDainian Tomlinson Award for best grammar in a Super Bowl week…

  208. tharoostah says: Feb 5, 2013 8:24 AM

    How come no body cared about this week 3 or week 8 or week 9 of last year. If he lost his first playoff game this year and was retired would this story have come back up?

  209. danfan528 says: Feb 5, 2013 8:29 AM

    The case was adjudicated in a court of law and a jury found that it was a case of self defense – The End

  210. whatnojets says: Feb 5, 2013 8:36 AM

    Lewis and OJ belong in the same cell

  211. ravenaintor says: Feb 5, 2013 8:40 AM

    When GOD is on your side all is forgiven. Now just go away Ray Lewis because your antics and awareness of the camera have grown old. Thank you GOD for telling Ray Lewis to retire!

  212. belichickrulz says: Feb 5, 2013 8:40 AM

    I’ll be so glad when we can finally stop talking about this murderer and PED cheat.

    Until he’s eligible for the HoF… when he’ll hopefully get the same treatment as Modell.

  213. armyravensstrong says: Feb 5, 2013 8:45 AM

    Hmmm. As Ravens fan I find this article very well done. Point, counter point! I too saw the conflict between his statements of how God uses people and what’s in the Bible. As a football player, Ray Lewis is simply one of the greatest! As a man before the murders in 2000, I can’t call it. As a man since that time, I still can’t call it. End the end, my take is none of us are in a position to pass any judgement on Ray Lewis’ involvement in that situation. It’s between him, God, and the legal system as to what the facts are. Bottom line: this is one of the best articles written on the issue! Well done. GO RAVENS!

  214. hateforeveryone says: Feb 5, 2013 9:05 AM

    If God Exists, he hates Ray.

  215. sweepleft44 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:06 AM

    Ray, Ray, Ray. It was a bar fight and sometimes those involved get hurt or killed. Thats what happens at these incidents. You sure know what happened and who did what as far as involvement. How much was the limo driver “tipped” when Ray jumped into the limo and said “You didn’t see anything”????? Time and money go a long way to get statements and stories aligned. Ray paid the families money because he was not involved and out of the generosity of his new found haert and faith? LOL. I have watched and read interviews of Ray prior to the event and you know something? I don’t recall him talkiing about God & Jesus. Wonder why?

    The paying of the families is similar to this criminal scenario: “I get accused of stealing money from my employer and questioned about it and deny it and have no idea who took the money. Everything points to me but I didn’t take the money but I will pay it back just to make it right. Sure, sure, pay money back just to help my employer and not be arrested. I got caught so out of the goodness of my heart and God, I will replace money I never took and get the employer off my back. Do ya get it here???

  216. steelerfanjo says: Feb 5, 2013 9:07 AM

    Alll he had to say was he didn’t do it, and that he knows who did. He didn’t do that. The Atlanta PD never continued looking for the killer. Ravens fans… keep your head in the sand and worship your FAKE HERO.

  217. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Feb 5, 2013 9:08 AM

    birdgang says:
    Feb 4, 2013 10:07 PM

    Let me start off and say I’m no Ray Lewis fan nor do I care for him or the Ravens for that matter. But this whole murder thing is just getting out of hand. Yea of course two dead guys vs one successful NFL star is gonna look bad no matter who it is. None of us know what really happened and we will never know. We act like two innocent men were murdered in cold blood. Something started those tragic events that night and my opinion is those two were not completely innocent. Did they deserve to die? Absolutely not. Ray owes none of fans or media members any explanation. You guys are more angry at Ray Lewis then someone like Casey Anthony who got away with murdering an innocent child. He went through the system and beat it, let him live.”

    ———————————————–

    The irony here is hilarious. With a name like birdgang I assume you’re a Baltimore Orioles fan. Casey Anthony was found innocent by the courts as well.

  218. melikefootball says: Feb 5, 2013 9:11 AM

    You hit this one out of the park Mike. Great job.

  219. amoses74 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:25 AM

    if this situation was reverse and someone killed two of Rays family members or close friends he would be all bent out of shape if there was a person who was holding back info. Ray Lewis is seriously a sick human being……. and it makes me ill to see the media kiss this guys Butt all the time.

    Justice for those murdered hasnt happened! If you just overlook that Atlanta situation, and the probable using of banned drugs, im sure he is a great guy. And if we set aside the whole killing and eating people, Jeffery Dahmer was a good guy too.

  220. gochargersgo says: Feb 5, 2013 9:31 AM

    Apparently all Ray can do anymore is dance around.

  221. ziggy26 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:34 AM

    Slow clap for Florio. Tremendous job.

    Ray Lewis had his day in court, and the justice system determined what it determined. I believe that chapter is closed.

    But what Florio really nails here is Lewis role as a false prophet. The problem with quoting scripture is that there is a lot of it, and you really need to be a biblical scholar to reference scripture without looking foolish. Ray Lewis looks foolish, and by extension makes a lot of true Christians look foolish.

    Quoting Florio –
    I’m not saying Ray is a false prophet. I’m just saying that his suggestion that success in football constitutes proof of his innocence is one of the absolute strangest things I’ve ever heard in my entire life.

    Bingo.

  222. nyfinest314 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:43 AM

    If people really want to know more, simply google the transcripts from the trial… He testified against his two friends he was with that night… His friends attorneys never rebutted Lewis testimonies that he wasn’t telling the truth. One of the attorney’s of the two friends actually said, the real person who is suspected of doing the killing was never even brought into court… But rather then many folks on here doing your own research, you read an article and attempt to judge someone…. smh

  223. darth71 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:48 AM

    Florio you are a joke. Florio states ” Ray needs to read a few history books. Or maybe just one. For centuries, murderers and maniacs have become kings and emperors. They have enjoyed plenty of glory, to the detriment of the objectives of God. ” Based on that statement Florio the United States of America is “to the detriment of the objectives of God” . Why dont you pick a history book and see how 90 million Native Americans were called savages , murdered , had their land stolen and put on reservations . Pick up a history book Florio and see how men , women and children were killed . All of the Founding Fathers owned slaves . Many were tortured , raped , murdered for centuries. Sally Hemmings was 14 when Thomas Jefferson raped her. He was a pedophile . He deserves to be dug up shot and buried again. Why dont you take a look at history books Florio and read about the race riots and lynching in this country? How many people were charged with those murders? Policeman , lawyers , doctors and even children attended . See the pictures of men and women smiling in front of a mangled up body. You should keep quiet Florio . What you are attempting to do is define Ray Lewis. That you do not get to do anymore. The prosecution offered a plea deal because they could NOT prove Ray stabbed anyone . If you can prove what happened go to the Fulton County DA and present your evidence .

  224. 1509lucky says: Feb 5, 2013 10:16 AM

    The amount of information that is available about this case is more than abundant. Yet people still continue to try and label this Man. A murderer,and call this an unsolved homicide,when there was a ruling of SELF DEFENSE handed down that DID NOT involve Ray Lewis. The fact that the Homicide Detective on the case said that he should have never been Charged,routinely gets ignored all because of what? It pretty easy to see what drives most of The Ray Lewis Hate,and it’s not hid dancing,or his Bible Quoting.

  225. rayswhitesuit says: Feb 5, 2013 12:09 PM

    To the people who are asking, where was this story last week: it has been front and center for the last couple of weeks primarily because Ray has put himself front and center, as not only a retiring superstar, but as a vessel of God. He brought all this negative attention on himself but is really too stupid a man to realize that.

  226. patsfanforlife says: Feb 5, 2013 12:38 PM

    Best post I’ve ever read on this site. Thanks, Florio!

  227. nyfinest314 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:04 PM

    Funny… He announced his retirement and the media circus can be more to blame then he… Perhaps you think he should have kept his retirement announcement a secret until after the season? Whether he thanked God out loud or not, people would have been coming at him like this because is the MEDIA circus.

  228. watchfullhose says: Feb 5, 2013 1:11 PM

    Thanks for posting this, Mike. As I was watching this interview, I became angry with his elusive and righteous posturing.

  229. themarkus42 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:57 PM

    Exhibit #6749 why Mike Florio is the best journalist, columnist, pundit and/or reporter covering the NFL.

    He’s smart, fair, passionate and he doesn’t rely on access to NFL players, coaches, GMs and such ( Peter King, Mort and Shefter ), so he can be more honest.

  230. scoobies05 says: Feb 5, 2013 7:56 PM

    im sorry…why would someone want to continuously talk about something that was resolved 13 years ago. the case is closed. move on people. everyone had their day in court. sorry if thats not good enough..its over. nothing to see here

  231. gvelasquez78 says: Feb 5, 2013 11:32 PM

    This is why other media members call you a gas bag, Florio. The only reason you are writing this article and waving your pitch fork is because you are taking advantage of the situation and making yourself seem like the moral authority. If Baltimore hadn’t won, this article would have never seen the light of day. But now all of a sudden in the wake of a deserving team’s moment, you decide to stand on your soap box and continue harping on an issue that occurred over a decade ago.
    The case of these unsolved murders is a terrible one. And Ray Lewis is most likely hiding something, but that could range from him committing the murders to being a young stupid guy who got into a fight in which 2 people died and he didn’t want to tell on his friends right away.
    None of us here know what really happened so let’s stop pretending we do. The facts are that he was found guilty of obstruction in exchange for testifying against his friends. Despite his testimony, Sweeting and Oakley were acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. Since that incident, Lewis has not had another transgression. Until something something new appears that indictes the man, the media needs to drop this story.
    If he did commit the crime, Ray Lewis will ultimately be judged by God, karma or whatever you believe. But continuing to bring this story up does nothing positive for the victims or their families. It only fuels the fires of those who do not like Ray Lewis….which very well could be your agenda. But for now, get off your soap box and let the Ravens, their fans and the city of Baltimore have their moment.

  232. footmandcxlv says: Feb 6, 2013 3:42 AM

    As Brian Billick said in a press conference before the 2000 Super Bowl:

    “As much as some of you want to, we are not going to retry this. It’s inappropriate, and you’re not qualified.”

    It’s pathetic that you sit there and call a man a murderer and a hypocrite based solely on your own prejudice. None of us know what happened that night in Atlanta. Having your doubts about an unsolved murder is one thing, but such a confident attachment of guilt to a man that those who are qualified did not find guilty is purely ignorant. Has anybody ever gotten off for a murder they committed? Of course. Has anybody ever been accused of a murder they didn’t commit? Of course. What basis do you have to make an assumption of Ray Lewis’ involvement? Absolutely none. But, because he’s a famous athlete, he must have done it. If he were some Joe Schmoe out there, you might read the story once and think he was guilty. Again, you’re entitled to your opinion. But, to go so far out of your way to label this man a murderer shows only your own ignorance.

  233. tmar1961 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:14 PM

    What a frakin idiot. god god god, and the no cap is intentional. WHICH god? there are hundreds. If he’s talking about the one in the hand picked books of the “christian” bible, that god made many mistakes and even covered them up with mass murder and genocide (see “flood”). Enough of religious crap in our sports. You laugh and degrade Tebow for his beliefs and yet praise others. Sorry for the anti god rant but its nonsense to believe in a god that let THIS world get to this state.

    More to the point, the question has never been answered as to what happened that nite and Ray Lewis’ TRUE involvement; hell I would settle for an account of his actions from his own mouth but we will never get one. So in the end he will go into the category of Ben Roethlisberger and whether or not he is a rapist if not convicted. More shining examples that money can get you out of trouble.

  234. tahjay says: Feb 6, 2013 1:31 PM

    footmandcxlv says:
    Feb 6, 2013 3:42 AM
    As Brian Billick said in a press conference before the 2000 Super Bowl:

    “As much as some of you want to, we are not going to retry this. It’s inappropriate, and you’re not qualified.”

    It’s pathetic that you sit there and call a man a murderer and a hypocrite based solely on your own prejudice. None of us know what happened that night in Atlanta. Having your doubts about an unsolved murder is one thing, but such a confident attachment of guilt to a man that those who are qualified did not find guilty is purely ignorant. Has anybody ever gotten off for a murder they committed? Of course. Has anybody ever been accused of a murder they didn’t commit? Of course. What basis do you have to make an assumption of Ray Lewis’ involvement? Absolutely none. But, because he’s a famous athlete, he must have done it. If he were some Joe Schmoe out there, you might read the story once and think he was guilty. Again, you’re entitled to your opinion. But, to go so far out of your way to label this man a murderer shows only your own ignorance.

    ___________________

    Who is “qualified?” Jurors? I mean, our peers? You or me? I’ve been a juror before. There’s no special qualification course before you have to take a week off of work for $40/day.

    Tell me, what do you think about Casey Anthony? Because according to you, those who were “qualified” found her completely innocent of any wrongdoing aside from lying to police. So everyone should assume she’s now innocent?

  235. The Prophet says: Feb 8, 2013 12:55 PM

    What the victim’s families received was probably half of what the guys got from Ray Lewis for taking the rap for his murder.

  236. jacksprat57 says: Feb 10, 2013 1:46 PM

    Let me get this straight. The family took their 30 pieces of silver and I’m supposed to care now exactly why? Just guessing, but I’d say that the deceased were themselves anything but choir boys, given the deep and tender regard they exhibited for their ‘dear departed’. What, now? Throw a little more stink up, now that you’ve p*ss*d away your blood money, in hopes that Ray will throw yu some more to shut up? Go away!

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