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Ray Lewis urges fathers not to be like his father

Ray Lewis III, Ray Lewis Jr. AP

Before Ray Lewis became an All-Pro linebacker, he was a baby boy named Ray Jenkins, whose father abandoned him. Now that he’s retired from his Hall of Fame career, one of Lewis’s priorities is opening up about his childhood and urging other fathers not to be like his father.

In a speech on Saturday at a Texas church, Lewis said there’s no excuse for fathers not to be involved in their children’s lives. And Lewis said he still can’t understand how his father to leave him as a newborn, and leave his 15-year-old mother alone with a baby to care for and medical bills.

I started to learn the story, and it baffled me,” Lewis said, via the Dallas Morning News. “The world is too crazy to leave a man by himself.”

His mom later started dating a man named Ray Lewis, and Lewis took that man’s last name. In his speech, Lewis urged men in the audience to take it upon themselves to raise their boys.

“I don’t care how good a mom is, how awesome she is, how spiritual she is. She can never teach a man to be a man,” he said.

Lewis said one of the reasons he decided to retire this year was to be sure he could attend every one of the college football games played by his son, an incoming freshman at Miami named Ray Lewis III.

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  1. edzo82270 says: Jul 14, 2013 5:23 PM

    Ray, don’t be one of those parents, however wonderful of a dad you may be, who is on the sidelines watching your son play and getting involved when you shouldn’t. Let the coaches do their job and that alone is a lesson Ray III can learn from.

  2. MichaelWrites says: Jul 14, 2013 5:23 PM

    “I don’t care how good a mom is, how awesome she is, how spiritual she is. She can never teach a man to be a man.”

    There’s a lesson I wish my mother had learned sooner.

  3. paulie6100 says: Jul 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    Maybe he should tell them not to be like him. Don’t murder anyone.

  4. williamshatnerhand says: Jul 14, 2013 5:26 PM

    Ray Lewis urges murders to be like him.

  5. helloanybodyhome says: Jul 14, 2013 5:26 PM

    Ray Lewis urges fathers not to be like his father

    Probably not a good idea to be like Ray either.

  6. mrshill0905 says: Jul 14, 2013 5:27 PM

    Keep him out of trouble and steer him from the wrong crowds that commit crimes that could get him in trouble and don’t fight strangers because you may get shot! I would have retired too Ray!

  7. classyjacklambert says: Jul 14, 2013 5:27 PM

    I thought this was going to be an article about Ray Lewis III advising fathers not to be murderers.

  8. williamshatnerhand says: Jul 14, 2013 5:27 PM

    *murderers

  9. middy8484 says: Jul 14, 2013 5:28 PM

    So far a better combo than Lawrence Taylor and his son

  10. gloryfromheaven says: Jul 14, 2013 5:30 PM

    Even in a messed generation were all in now, I think there are more fathers who support their kids now rather than 15+ years ago…

  11. norcal031 says: Jul 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    The story of LeBron James dad makes me never want to abandon my kids. I will need them to take care of me when I’m old.

  12. thejuddstir says: Jul 14, 2013 5:33 PM

    “Lewis’s priorities is opening up about his childhood “……………hey Ray, I think more people would be interested in you opening up about your adult life, specifically what happened in Atlanta. Ray III will tell his kids to “not be like his father”. What a pathetic individual and the media is just as pathetic for giving him the press that they do. Why not go interview the late, great OJ and put him on a pedestal too.

  13. jimnaizeeum says: Jul 14, 2013 5:33 PM

    And don’t forget kids, if you witness a murder keep your mouth shut.
    Ray is not the one to give fatherly advice..a real dad tells the truth…even when it hurts.

  14. paulie6100 says: Jul 14, 2013 5:35 PM

    Does being a man include murder? Just askin’

  15. therealhardt says: Jul 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    African American men have made single parent families an epidemic in the AA community. Great for Ray for speaking up about men fulfilling their responsibilities. Bill Cosby brought up this point a decade ago and was shouted down by the likes of Rev Jackson and Rev Sharpton (shame on both of these clowns). AA men need to acknowledge and fulfil their responsibilities as fathers, for the betterment of the AA community.

  16. howiefeltersnatch says: Jul 14, 2013 5:40 PM

    My favorite is when Ray wears his no prescription glasses in an attempt to make him look civilized and educated.

  17. maiphatdong says: Jul 14, 2013 5:47 PM

    “She can never teach a man to be a man,” he said.

    There are plenty of real men out there who didn’t have fathers growing up. Real men who take responsibility for what they do. Ray is as big a coward as his father was, they both just run away.

  18. vibesid says: Jul 14, 2013 6:16 PM

    I love Ray Lewis. He is a godly man and a great role model. He made mistakes but turned his life around, mainly due to his Faith in God.

  19. floratiotime says: Jul 14, 2013 6:19 PM

    My Dad made me a murderer.

  20. stlunatik says: Jul 14, 2013 6:24 PM

    I applaude you Ray.

  21. FoozieGrooler says: Jul 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    Ray sez: “Don’t raise murderers.”

  22. northstarnic says: Jul 14, 2013 6:54 PM

    However, he urged killers to be more like him. (Don’t get caught.)

  23. jamesinthed says: Jul 14, 2013 6:56 PM

    Ray wouldn’t have retired if he could still play. Painfully obvious in SB.

  24. bart3976 says: Jul 14, 2013 6:58 PM

    There might be some irony to that statement, Ray.

  25. northstarnic says: Jul 14, 2013 7:00 PM

    Ray just loves to get up on that pulpit and thump his bible. And the media worships at his irrevocably corrupt altar. He is the living definition of hypocrisy. Hey ray, isn’t there something in your good old book about confessing your sins?

  26. mistersmith22 says: Jul 14, 2013 7:45 PM

    Remember everyone, there was no murder that night. The State of Georgia ruled that both of Lewis’ friends acted in self-defense, meaning, it was justified as far as the state is concerned.

    Talking to the cops can only make your situation worse — that’s what lawyers are FOR. So, Ray did the right thing by shutting up, and as far as the law is concerned, nobody murdered anyone.

  27. fubar5150 says: Jul 14, 2013 8:04 PM

    Did his dad kill 2 people

  28. hatesycophants says: Jul 14, 2013 8:10 PM

    The number of single parent (both male and female) families is growing exponentially across all ethnic groups in this country.

    People who turn every topic into a “racial” issue sicken me.

  29. raiderapologist says: Jul 14, 2013 8:20 PM

    The other reason he decided to retire is because he can’t run any more.

  30. granadafan says: Jul 14, 2013 8:36 PM

    Ray should drag Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins to this church.

  31. @Cereal_22 says: Jul 14, 2013 9:03 PM

    Good for Ray !

  32. commonsensedude says: Jul 14, 2013 9:05 PM

    There is NO excuse for a man refusing to be a father to his children. No excuse. I commend Ray for speaking up on this because many of the issues we talk about on this site – young men doing incredibly stupid things – is often related to the fact that many of them grew up without fathers in their lives.

  33. halftermguv says: Jul 14, 2013 9:05 PM

    Ray Lewis giving advice on fatherhood is like the Captain of the Exxon Valdez giving boating lessons.

  34. n3535e says: Jul 14, 2013 9:12 PM

    wasnt he divorced 5 times?? great rolemodel

  35. controllerzero says: Jul 14, 2013 9:30 PM

    What? Maybe Ray should start by telling fathers not to be like him. Kids with 4 different women, 2 were pregnant at the same time and this clown has the balls to go saying this? Unreal.

  36. msstiller58 says: Jul 14, 2013 9:32 PM

    A man who has never been married but has 6 kids in several different states isn’t being a father to them all, it’s impossible.

  37. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 14, 2013 9:37 PM

    Ray Lewis has earned the right to give this advice.

  38. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 14, 2013 9:39 PM

    Doesn’t he have 6 kids by 4 different women? Nothing by BS comes out if his mouth. 6 kids by 4 women. Ray, you are not the symbol for manhood.

  39. gmen5280 says: Jul 14, 2013 9:56 PM

    Maybe Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar could have been fathers. But Ray was part of not letting that ever happen.
    Thanks Ray

  40. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 14, 2013 10:38 PM

    Every time ray opens his hypocrite laden piehole, he moves up a spot on team satan’s depth chart. He will be a hall of famer in the HFL (hell football league) before his rookie season.

  41. taosravenfan says: Jul 14, 2013 10:57 PM

    This is a serious problem which is destroying the inner city AA community. Meanwhile race hucksters like Jesse and Al get their ugly mugs splashed on the media over protesting the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. What about the other 9/10 black on black murders? Mary a peep about them.

    It takes a speatozoa and an ovum to make a baby. It takes a man to live up to his responsibility and be a father for the children he created.

    You posters who auatically discount anything Ray has to say “because of Atlanta,” totally miss the boat.

    He is attempting to address what is an endemic problem which is tearing the AA community to shreds. Give the guy credit for trying and if you can’t do that then just shut up. I’m a middle aged white guy who lived in bmore for most of my life and have watched the decimation of the black community.

    Major props to ray for addressing the issue. Would that the so called leaders of the black community do the same instead of looking for more government programs designed to keep their people enslaved one way or the other.

  42. dirtdawg54 says: Jul 14, 2013 11:01 PM

    Yes Ray. College is a great time to start being there for your son. Ad when do you plan to show up for the other five kids, or so, you fathered? Or maybe because they don’t have NFL potential they don’t count?

    If I need advice from a father, I know a great one. My own. You? Not so much.

  43. phinmaster says: Jul 14, 2013 11:02 PM

    He NEVER said anyone should be like him. He said they should not be like his father. Wake up!!!

  44. nutsacker says: Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM

    Miami has been terrible for a decade. He should have encouraged the kid to go to an SEC or Big 12 school.

  45. ChandlerMc says: Jul 15, 2013 12:17 AM

    @norcal031 LeBron’s dad? Isn’t his dad Delonte West? If not I think they’re at least related somehow, technically speaking.

  46. greenmeattruck says: Jul 15, 2013 12:53 AM

    Great Linebacker, terrible person. Stop quoting the Bible, Ray-Ray, just stop it.

  47. rukkus1 says: Jul 15, 2013 2:37 AM

    Ray Lewis is a pompous hypocrite.

    All those kids, different women, his past sins, and then he goes and sets a stage with everything he says and does.

    Everyone makes mistakes and sins and I dont mean to be so judgemental but this dude is over the top with it all.

  48. swaggyy says: Jul 15, 2013 2:58 AM

    I hate ray lewis so much

  49. raybguilty says: Jul 15, 2013 5:04 AM

    Ray also has one final request (this one’s for karaoke):
    Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….

  50. yojoemama says: Jul 15, 2013 5:10 AM

    Maybe he should think about the murder he committed before he starts yapping about teaching a kid how to be a man. What a hypocrite.

  51. dcapettini says: Jul 15, 2013 5:22 AM

    Perhaps all you jerks would prefer it if Ray Lewis, instead of being the greatest player at his position in the NFL for over a decade and devoting a significant portion of his life and fortune to his family and community, had taken the Hernandez route. That way, your constant carping and smart alec remarks would have a real basis.
    What more would you have this man do? Which right wing nutcase has offered more? Ted Nugent? Rush? One of those saber rattlers that never served in the military even though their country was at war, W among them? The man has been a sterling example for 17 years. Get off his back!

  52. relggigeht says: Jul 15, 2013 6:37 AM

    Where are all the Ravens fans?
    lol

  53. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 15, 2013 7:38 AM

    And the family of the man that Ray Lewis murdered asks their children not to be like Ray.

  54. filthymcnastyog says: Jul 15, 2013 7:47 AM

    lewis is a joke. who takes anything he says seriously?

  55. steelerssmack4u says: Jul 15, 2013 7:51 AM

    The man is a huge hypocrite, has 6 kids by 4 different women. Nothing but BS comes out if his mouth. 6 kids by 4 women!!! “Praise God” Ray likes to say. Ray is NOT the symbol for manhood, he is a symbol of what is wrong with Afro American Fatherhood in the USA

  56. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2013 8:02 AM

    Ray Lewis being quoted on anything off the football field is bound to be both ironic and hypocritical. Yup father of six ..four different women… Yup he is a very moral person. But the raven morons have morals…

  57. sbchampsagain says: Jul 15, 2013 8:14 AM

    Ray was hanging with the wrong people back in the day. According to the justice system he was guilty of obstruction. He’s paid his penatly for that crime.

    He has been a model citizen since then and now spends a huge chunk of time mentoring urban kids that need help, as well as raising money and awareness for charities. He’s doing his best to ensure other kids dont head down the path he was.

    I applaud Ray for his good work.

  58. steeelfann says: Jul 15, 2013 8:26 AM

    Bravo Ray. You said it very well. Great job. Keep doing what you are doing and promote fatherhood. It is the only way.

  59. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 15, 2013 8:47 AM

    A couple of points about the wonderfully thoughtful comments above:
    1. The so called “murders” were adjudicated to be acts of self-defense and hence, not murders
    2. Calling someone a murderer is libel per se (Ray Lewis doesn’t have to prove damages)
    3. If someone wants to figure out who is posting libelous statements, they can get that information, sometimes without even a court order. Oh yeah, each libelous comment constitutes a separate, actionable publication.
    4. If a former Bengal Cheerleader can win her defamation case, a future HOF LB should have no problem
    5. I’m sorry your team isn’t, but the Ravens are the Superbowl Champs.
    6. Jealousy can really bring out bad qualities in people.
    7. Have a nice day!

  60. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jul 15, 2013 8:50 AM

    therealhardt says:
    Jul 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    African American men have made single parent families an epidemic in the AA community. Great for Ray for speaking up about men fulfilling their responsibilities. Bill Cosby brought up this point a decade ago and was shouted down by the likes of Rev Jackson and Rev Sharpton (shame on both of these clowns). AA men need to acknowledge and fulfil their responsibilities as fathers, for the betterment of the AA community.
    ___________

    Stated.

  61. majormeatcurtains says: Jul 15, 2013 8:55 AM

    Right Ray. Don’t do or say anything to make people look down on you in the hood. Thump your bible with your right hand while you thump your pecker with your left hand criminal.

  62. fanofevilempire says: Jul 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    Can’t wait to hear and see more of Ray on TV, does life get any better?

  63. monroesaintsfan says: Jul 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    Heck of a football player in his prime……but in no way someone who should be dispensing any kind of advice outside of football. The only way I’ll ever believe his holier than thou act, would be for him to come clean about Atlanta and accept the consequenses.

  64. sidepull says: Jul 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    Deluded
    Self Absorbed
    Hypocrite
    Murderer
    Numerous kids out of wedlock by numerous women.
    There is more I am sure. Is this guy for real?
    Just go away ray you idiot.

  65. godofwine330 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    @MichaelWrites says:Jul 14, 2013 5:23 PM

    “I don’t care how good a mom is, how awesome she is, how spiritual she is. She can never teach a man to be a man.”

    There’s a lesson I wish my mother had learned sooner.
    **
    This is true. So many people come in here spewing hate and miss the message. What could be wrong about a man saying men need to be fathers to their kids? Ray Lewis isn’t Charles Manson, he’s not even Aaron Hernandez, so stop it. People say he has no right to dispense information outside of football and that is where you are wrong. Because of his popularity he has the ability to get people to listen, and his message to be better fathers is something that needs to be said.

    In poorer neighborhoods especially, Black or White, guys are much more likely to do as his father did. All he is trying to do is attempting to alert people of this fact and hope to bring more men to the father’s table. To you guys spewing negativity there is nothing he will ever do that won’t draw ire from you throwing stones from your glass houses oh ye of no sin.

  66. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jul 15, 2013 9:59 AM

    I’d be interested to hear some the opinions on the Zimmerman case from those defending Ray Lewis and he’s served his time for the crimes.

  67. opneon says: Jul 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    All you haters are worse than the person you’re trying to persecute.
    Ray had an important statement and has turned his life around after an incident that was obviously self-defense (if he even was responsible to start with)…
    but you would rather kill (your favorite word) the messenger than support a good message.

  68. tigersfandan says: Jul 15, 2013 10:10 AM

    If Ray Lewis wants to help kids that need help, as noted above, that’s great. He has six of his own to start with. I’m sure that will be more than enough to keep him busy.

  69. zjfr2 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:19 AM

    Wonder if Ray followed up to discuss how exactly he’s in the lives of his 6 illegitimate kids by four different women?

    Ray Lewis = biggest media driven hypocrite ever

  70. SAV says: Jul 15, 2013 10:21 AM

    So many ray haters yet the two words “ray Lewis” evoke thousands of likes and dislikes as well as hundreds of comments.

    Truth be told…..a true icon.

  71. paulie6100 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:24 AM

    I know I have sinned but I don’t go around telling people what to do. He destroyed evidence (his suit soaked in blood) so just because he wasn’t convicted doesn’t mean he’s not guilty. He should just shut up.

  72. paulie6100 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:27 AM

    One more thing, the people pissed about the Zimmerman verdict are the same people who celebrated OJ’s verdict and they also love Ray the shiv Lewis.

  73. Lonely Libertarian says: Jul 15, 2013 10:30 AM

    I have moved to Yahoo for this fall’s fantasy football and will only watch ESPN games – no pre game or anything were Ray Lewis is likely to appear – ESPN should never have hired him.

    NOT because of what happened in Atlanta – but because of the FACTs noted above. Young black men need to marry BEFORE they have children and be fathers to THOSE children. Having 6 children by 4 different women is not a crime – but is should be a factor in deciding who we want to represent the game on TV.

  74. gb4mn0 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:31 AM

    5 years from now Lewis will be in the same boat as Sapp. Going into the HOF dead ass broke.

  75. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2013 11:23 AM

    A couple of points about the wonderfully thoughtful comments above:
    1. The so called “murders” were adjudicated to be acts of self-defense and hence, not murders
    2. Calling someone a murderer is libel per se (Ray Lewis doesn’t have to prove damages)
    3. If someone wants to figure out who is posting libelous statements, they can get that information, sometimes without even a court order. Oh yeah, each libelous comment constitutes a separate, actionable publication.
    4. If a former Bengal Cheerleader can win her defamation case, a future HOF LB should have no problem
    5. I’m sorry your team isn’t, but the Ravens are the Superbowl Champs.
    6. Jealousy can really bring out bad qualities in people.
    7. Have a nice day!

    For this poster # 6 is what drives your constant steeler bashing right. You are a bigger hypocrite than Ray Lewis but not as smart. Have a nice day.

  76. cfeeley52 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:45 AM

    gmen5280 says:
    Jul 14, 2013 9:56 PM
    Maybe Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar could have been fathers. But Ray was part of not letting that ever happen.
    Thanks Ray
    ——————————————–
    Maybe Baker and Lollar shouldn’t have attacked Lewis and his friends then they wouldn’t have gotten themselves killed, or did you forget this was a case of self defense???

  77. paulie6100 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:51 AM

    He copped a plea what’s your point? Ray Lewis is going to sue us all for libel? You are an idiot and that’s not libel.

  78. cfeeley52 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:57 AM

    monroesaintsfan says:
    Jul 15, 2013 9:11 AM
    Heck of a football player in his prime……but in no way someone who should be dispensing any kind of advice outside of football. The only way I’ll ever believe his holier than thou act, would be for him to come clean about Atlanta and accept the consequenses.
    ————————————
    He did come clean, he testified in court against his own friends. The result of which was a ruling for self defense. If you actually did some research instead of just talking trash you would know this…

  79. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2013 12:17 PM

    monroesaintsfan says:
    Jul 15, 2013 9:11 AM
    Heck of a football player in his prime……but in no way someone who should be dispensing any kind of advice outside of football. The only way I’ll ever believe his holier than thou act, would be for him to come clean about Atlanta and accept the consequenses.
    ————————————
    He did come clean, he testified in court against his own friends. The result of which was a ruling for self defense. If you actually did some research instead of just talking trash you would know this…

    So what if he came”clean” as you say he destroyed evidence that could have had an impact on the case. That’s old news. How can a man have six kids with four different women have the nerve to bad mouth his dad. Miss ing the moral point is your problem or maybe you think have one parent families is the way to go….pathetic values cfeely

  80. morekraven says: Jul 15, 2013 1:38 PM

    What a bunch of jealous haters are out there? I would bet that a lot of them are Patriot fans. Regardless Ray Lewis was acquitted of those CLAIMS and claims were all they were. He was charged because it is SOP in Atlanta to arrest anyone even remotely involved in a possible murder and if someone was there they can be arrested as well. Ray Lewis fell into both of these categories. The only thing that is fact is that the Lemo that Ray Lewis and Company were using was shot at and received a flat tire that they fixed and went on their way. Ray Lewis Plead Guilty to helping to change that tire and he turned states evidence after that and was thus relieved of all other charges. The people who were killed were stabbed. I suspect that someone with Ray Lewis was involved in that stabbing but they also were never convicted. Now people are jumping on Ray for his faith and his show of Christianity. I suggest that they know nothing about Christianity.

  81. morekraven says: Jul 15, 2013 1:45 PM

    Ray Lewis Can easily have tons of kids from multitudes of different women and still be a good father. Being a bad father is staying with someone you can no longer stand until the arguments become fights possibly physical ones. I would say that taking care of your kids is the fatherly thing and he has been doing that well. Even while being a full time football player… If had sex with a girl and the girl was trying to trap him he could have easily become a father and I suspect that this has happened to him a lot. I do not think that his behavior in this way makes him a bad father. Throwing up proof that he did not kill anyone should be enough but it never is for those who hate the justice system. Look at Zimmerman who should have never been arrested

  82. bumpy1157 says: Jul 15, 2013 1:49 PM

    Thanks Ray for standing up and being a father ….being a father does,nt mean you have a clean criminal record it just mean you love your kids ….I was a single father who the police came to my home in the middle of the night and ask me where these your kids..Yes I had been to jail before but it was my time to step up and I did my children are grown move on they have there own careers I can smile ……Thank you RAY and men out there who stood up and be a father…sometimes I wonder if I have,nt step up were would they be……..

  83. morekraven says: Jul 15, 2013 1:54 PM

    “I don’t care how good a mom is, how awesome she is, how spiritual she is. She can never teach a man to be a man.”

    Being a man Means feeding and housing your family to the best of your ability as protecting them well and then ensuring that your kids have a fighting chance at an improved future and that your old people have a bed to die in peacefully when that time comes If you have done your best at these things then all isd left is a good personal relationship with Jesus Christ and then you can call yourself a man.

  84. ravenbeaut says: Jul 15, 2013 2:10 PM

    wow. unbelievably hateful and ill-informed rhetoric on here. shame on the bunch of you. I do notice that for once, the holier-than-thou NE fans are noticeably silent with their here-to-fore chronic and vicious Ray-bashing hate-filled comments. They are discovering the value of one’s right to remain silent. As for the rest of you vocal judgmental Ray-bashers, remember that the prosecution in Atlanta admitted they knew Ray had no part in the deaths of the 2 guys–but knew Ray DID know so charged him (abusing the system) with it to get him to break his silence. He did wind up doing so, testifying at the trials of those friends he did see involved in the events leading to the deaths of the 2 men. however, Atanta’s own people/courts found those 2 NOT GUILTY of any crime, regarding the deaths of the 2 guys. So…..NO ONE murdered those 2. So not only isn’t Ray a killer, neither is anyone else involved in any way in the incidents Atlanta that nite. As for Ray being a good father, he certainly appears to be. FYI, he is committed to ALKL his children, and they all love him. What about all those 4 mothers? takes 2 to tango. why don’t THEY bear any responsibility? Lets not cast aspersions unless we have reason to do so. As for you jerks who lump OJ (a killer and sociopath finally proven guilty after his notoriously-flawed trial and held accountable for the deaths he did cause), Hernandez (a notorious gang member wanted for several actual murders- he is presumed innocent, but….), George Zimmerman, a short (5’7) bi-racial neighborhood watchman who was, according to a jury of Mothers themselves, apparently defending himself from a much taller (nearly 6ft)17-year-old suspended football player youth who enjoyed fighting, blood, and guns, per his facebook and cell phone etc, who attacked Zimmerman because Zimmerman had the (legal) guts to try to see where he was going and what he was doing in a neighborhood occupied by victimized and scared residents of every color and creed.
    What nerve you have to claim these folks are equally criminal…and to those of you who assumed that anyone upset about the Zimmerman verdict must be the same ones who supported OJ, and also Ray, why would you assume that? I am not black or Hispanic, I did not agree with the OJ jury verdict.
    I knew (as did everyone already familiar with Ray Lewis before the Atlanta incident) that Ray was not guilty of, nor capable of, killing anyone.
    I believe the evidence will prove Hernandez guilty, but I also believe the presumption of innocence stands unless and until overcome by proof otherwise. And I did not disagree with the jury in the Zimmerman case.
    Justice is complicated. So is parenthood. Ray may not suit the conservative traditional role for either, but he does serve as a role model. Since the trial, OJ has proven the jury wrong, and is an evil disgrace since his trial. Ray has proven he is a good person, by his actions. The jury’s still out (sorry, couldn’t help it) on Zimmermans future actions, and of course, the Hernandez saga is still unfolding.
    God Bless America and all of us.

  85. ravenbeaut says: Jul 15, 2013 2:19 PM

    ps–I didn’t mean to intimate that OJ’s criminal jury found him guilty.Unfortunately, not. He was found guilty in civil courts after another (wrongful death?) trial. he also continued his life of debauchery and crimes for which he finally wound up in prison.

  86. godofwine330 says: Jul 15, 2013 2:22 PM

    So much hate and incorrect statements, including one who says,”Young black men need to marry BEFORE they have children and be fathers to THOSE children. Having 6 children by 4 different women is not a crime – but is should be a factor in deciding who we want to represent the game on TV.”

    What right do you have not say PEOPLE need to marry before they have kids instead of simply saying Black people. You are likely one of those proponents of there are more Black men in prisons than in college (incorrect, nearly double the amount are in college), and the majority of crime is committed by minorities (totally untrue to think that 36% of the population commits more than 50% of the crime). These are falacies that gain traction when there is no data to back them up.

    What matters is is he taking care of his kids, and I don’t think he would be there if he weren’t. He is trying to do something positive, but all that seems to be important is whether he actually was more involved with the killing of two career criminals 13 years ago and how many kids he has with how many women. Clint Eastwood has 7 kids by 5 different women, do you have something to say about that? Well, do you…punk?

  87. ravenbeaut says: Jul 15, 2013 2:40 PM

    Clint talking-chairs Eastwood is just one example of millions of men who have children by different women. and how bout all the women who have kids by multiple different men, some of whom these women cannot even name. or know which of the men they were bedding at the same time is the father? lets get real. the real parent is not the one who contributed from his/her gene pool. its who raised and loved and molded the child. Ray is both the biological and the de facto parent to ALL his kids. So are many single moms. and dads. and Rays REAL father, Ray Lewis.

  88. scoobies05 says: Jul 15, 2013 4:41 PM

    i have no desire to bring up what happened in atlanta because i dont see the relevence. i will say that i dont necessarily agree with multiple kids from multiple partners, by all accounts it seems that ray is fully invested in the lives of all of his kids. not saying that he should be commended for this, because he his a dad and thats his job. but i do think that all of us on here saying whether or not he is a good father is ridiculous. we arent in his family and frankly its no ones business. lets talk football, not whether or not ray lewis is a good dad

  89. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 15, 2013 10:14 PM

    Steeler fans want Ray Lewis to fail because of one reason and one reason only. Superbowl XLVII. They are humiliated because Ray orchestrated his retirement so that he would exit a winner when so many of their players retired as losers. While the Steelers were wasting everyone’s time with their lousy 8-8 Season, Ray was inspiring his team to shock the world and they did. And Steeler fans were crying their eyeballs out when the Ravens climbed back on top. Ray faced the music, paid the price, and reaped the rewards. Can’t say the same for some of the Steelers still hiding in the shadows, hoping their luck will change. It won’t.

  90. bighurt228 says: Jul 16, 2013 9:50 PM

    Ray Lewis thinks by being a fraud and hypocrite and putting a few community hours in that the man upstairs may forgive him for being involved with 2 deaths that night in Atlanta. His tears and crying for The Lord is as transparent as glass. They won’t let him in the pearly Gates, but guess you can’t fault the guy for trying. If I’m gonna believe in The Lord the last guy I want to be associated with is him. He was a decent linebacker at best. The patriots let their player who was close to a murderer or committed murder, go. Billick and the ravens didn’t have the class or the balls to cut someone who was involved in a murder. The NFL of today would have forced the ravens to cut him. While some idiots in baltimore worship this phony and build a statue in his honor, the rest of us true NFL fans will piss on it. The only advice he should give at this point is never wear a white suit when your out drinking!!

  91. 34mudcat34 says: Jul 18, 2013 6:48 PM

    Like him or hate him the message is dead on. Little boys need to keep it in their pants if the can’t support the little one. Just look at the stats on single parent kids!

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