Ray Lewis of the Ravens a Murderer?

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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:53:14 PM
We're sitting here watching the game, and my guys start talking about how Ray Lewis got away with murder in 2000. I had no idea! He took a plea bargain and settled civil suits with the two families.

I feel naive.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:56:55 PM
He plead to obstruction of justice and agreed to testify against the other two. There was blood in his limo and his Superbowl outfit disappeared.

I'd be he did it or was somehow involved and it makes me sick at how the press loves him.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:58:17 PM
He took a plea bargain for obstruction of justice and the murder charges against him were dropped. He testified against his friends but they were found not guilty. He settled to make the case go away. He has done a lot for the community since then and I think to suggest that he is a murderer under these circumstances is a bit off base.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:00:43 PM
This was a local story. Unfortunately, during his college years, the University of Miami was known as Thug U. Ray Lewis really was with the wrong people. All charges were dropped against him because he testified against his friends. His friends were eventually acquitted.

After that incident, Lewis cut all contact with his college buddies and cleaned up his act.





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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:03:58 PM
NO. He was in the vicinity of a stabbing that involved some people he knew. He was not involved but close enough to be considered involved. He testified against the perpetrators who were eventually acquitted.

He learned his lesson and walked away from those who were trying to bring him down. He is someone who saw where is bad choices were taking him, took responsibility for them, and decided he wanted a different life. And in the 10+ years since, he has led an exlemperary (sp?) life.





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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:09:20 PM
YES he IS a murderer! It's disgusting to see anyone defend that piece of $hit!




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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:09:31 PM

He has done a lot for the community since then and I think to suggest that he is a murderer under these circumstances is a bit off base.
I don't think the first part of your sentence has anything to do with the second part.

Just because there wasn't enough to convict the friends, doesn't automatically mean any of them were innocent.

Lewis may not have been the one who stabbed the men, or he might have. We'll never know. But he was there.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:11:15 PM
IMO he was more involved in the situation than he admitted to. I believe he tried to cover his ass and did what he needed to to squeak through with no jail time, a few fines and his job intact. In my mind he got away with murder.

Having said that, in the last ten years he definately has turned his life around and has done good things in the community. He is lucky that he got that second chance.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:15:31 PM
His white suit covered in blood was never recovered and he was fined by the nfl
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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:18:03 PM

His white suit covered in blood was never recovered and he was fined by the nfl


He was fined by the NFL because he plead guilty to obstruction of justice.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:24:28 PM
I agree it makes me sick that anyone can defend him. At the very least he is good friends with thugs and criminals. At the worst h participated in a murder. Either way, he doesn't deserve the great life he's been given.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:00:36 PM

NO. He was in the vicinity of a stabbing that involved some people he knew. He was not involved but close enough to be considered involved. He testified against the perpetrators who were eventually acquitted.


Well, sort of. They were not just 'people he knew.' They were his friends, and traveling with him in the limo he rented that night. It was his group, not just acquaintances he saw out at the club.

Where's his outfit from that night? What happened to the girl who was in their group who said that they stopped to dispose of his bloody clothes? Why did he pay the families millions to keep quiet? Why did he lie to the cops? Why didn't they bother calling all of the witnesses? Why didn't they investigate further after two people were murdered? It just quietly faded away....

He sat WITH his friends for the first two weeks of the trial. He turned on them so he could get the murder charges dropped. If he wasn't at all involved and really just tried to break the fight up, why did he get the maximum sentence for a first time offender?

Luckily for all of them (but not so much for the victims), the DA did a crap job on the case, and they all walked. I understand that you want to believe that he had no involvement, as a Ravens fan. That's understandable. And I'm glad he's done good things with his life SINCE that night, but I think the fact that he's lauded as some sort of media darling and NFL saint now that he's retiring is disgusting. Especially when somebody like Tony Gonzalez retiring is virtually ignored.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:36:37 PM
What *KAS* said.

I can't stand Ray Lewis and the idolatry makes me sck.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:23:30 AM
OMG - an athlete involved in illegal activities that somehow got minimal punishment and all is forgiven. Let me go see if I can find anyone in this country that is surprised by that statement. It may take me a while so feel free to continue on without me.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:41:49 AM
I can't stand him either...what. a disgrace... and that's all we'll here about for the next two weeks...

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:03:13 AM
After how Art Modell screwed the city of Cleveland...can't cheer for the Ravens. I am also sick of the Ray Lewis Love Fest....Go NINERS....



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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:10:20 AM
Wow, I didn't know that story KAS. Who was murdered?

I'm glad he turned his life around, but I had no idea that had happened.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:17:10 AM
Our system of justice did not charge him with murder. He has since denounced that group of friends and cleaned up his life. I respect him for that.

But the peas will never forgive...they love to beat the dead horses. And they think they know more than the cops, prosecutors, judges, etc.

Ray Lewis will be NFL Hall of Fame before you know it!


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As I recall from the various reporting in Atlanta the guys were harrassing the Lewis party. My feeling is they (the other guys) wanted trouble. I'm sure they thought they could get some money if someone in the Lewis party punched them. They got more than they bargained for that night.

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Our system of justice did not charge him with murder. He has since denounced that group of friends and cleaned up his life. I respect him for that.

But the peas will never forgive...they love to beat the dead horses. And they think they know more than the cops, prosecutors, judges, etc.

Ray Lewis will be NFL Hall of Fame before you know it!

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He WAS charged with murder, actually. Two counts, as well as 4 other felony charges. He had lawyers that were able to negotiate a plea bargain where the murder charges would be dropped, if he testified against his friends.

I don't need to 'forgive' him for anything, and it's the first time I've ever commented on Ray Lewis on this board, so it's hardly beating a dead horse. I'm sure you would feel different if your family member was the victim. Like the little 12 year old girl whose dad was murdered before she was born.

But yes, let's all get excited to celebrate his induction into the hall of fame!

The victims were Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker.


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Luckily for all of them (but not so much for the victims), the DA did a crap job on the case, and they all walked. I understand that you want to believe that he had no involvement, as a Ravens fan. That's understandable. And I'm glad he's done good things with his life SINCE that night, but I think the fact that he's lauded as some sort of media darling and NFL saint now that he's retiring is disgusting. Especially when somebody like Tony Gonzalez retiring is virtually ignored.



I have no opinion of the Ravens, one way or another, but this hits so true for me. I think the thing that bothers me the most is that some of my friends who say that Lewis has done such a great job of turning his life around and laud him are the same ones who think Mike Vick (whom I can not stand) should never be allowed to play football or make a living again. While I believe they both got the punishment the courts agreed to, and they have the right to play, I can't admire either of them or cheer them on.

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When the Ravens were playing the Broncos last weekend, I was on the phone with a friend. She was saying... who do I want to win this game (which was such an exciting game!) - the murderer or the Pope ??? Sadly, the Pope's team lost.




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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:17:38 AM
I too am local to the area where the murder was committed. I truly believe he is guilty of murder.

He PAID OFF the families in a plea bargain. Why would you pay off people if you truly were innocent of the crime of which you were accused?????

I too believe that it is sickeningly disgusting to see how the media glorifies someone who robbed someone of their life and got away with it because he was rich.

But don't get me started on why the families involved were willing to accept MONEY instead of seeking justice for their loss.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:24:15 AM

Ray Lewis will be NFL Hall of Fame before you know it!


Yeah, along with OJ, ANOTHER murder!


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I live in the Baltimore area too and am not a fan of Ray Lewis. It irritates me to no end that one of the local Christian radio stations keeps putting graphics of him and his latest favorite psalm on facebook. I fully believe in forgiveness and redemption, but the guy seems like he doesn't walk the talk that he's preaching.


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Please tell me that OJ is not in the Hall. I do know that he is in prison. (so he finally is where he belongs)




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O.M.G. Did not know that... Makes sense I guess... I was at the Detroit game where he beat the record... the scoreboard was going nuts with GO OJ!!! and he was on the other team... very exciting... but then it went all wrong... so sad.




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Well, sort of. They were not just 'people he knew.' They were his friends, and traveling with him in the limo he rented that night. It was his group, not just acquaintances he saw out at the club.

Where's his outfit from that night? What happened to the girl who was in their group who said that they stopped to dispose of his bloody clothes? Why did he pay the families millions to keep quiet? Why did he lie to the cops? Why didn't they bother calling all of the witnesses? Why didn't they investigate further after two people were murdered? It just quietly faded away....

He sat WITH his friends for the first two weeks of the trial. He turned on them so he could get the murder charges dropped. If he wasn't at all involved and really just tried to break the fight up, why did he get the maximum sentence for a first time offender?

Luckily for all of them (but not so much for the victims), the DA did a crap job on the case, and they all walked. I understand that you want to believe that he had no involvement, as a Ravens fan. That's understandable. And I'm glad he's done good things with his life SINCE that night, but I think the fact that he's lauded as some sort of media darling and NFL saint now that he's retiring is disgusting. Especially when somebody like Tony Gonzalez retiring is virtually ignored.


I couldn't agree more with the above. I am happy for the Ravens as a team, but am disgusted to have to watch Ray Lewis and how the reports talk about him.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:02:15 AM

I'm sure you would feel different if your family member was the victim.


You're right....I would. And I would not be accepting settlements and agreeing not to talk as one condition of the settlement. I would be demanding justice for my dead family member.

My point is, Mr. Lewis was not convicted of murder. The DA likely knew there was no case against him and so went for what he thought he COULD get, a case against the person/people who actually did the crime. Unfortunately for the victims, he was not successful.


it's the first time I've ever commented on Ray Lewis on this board, so it's hardly beating a dead horse.


Then perhaps I was not referring to you...


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:05:46 AM
I was wondering why people were yelling "murderer" at the game last night. I didn't know that about Ray Lewis.


Either way, he doesn't deserve the great life he's been given.


I don't think that any of us are qualified to judge who deserves a good life and who doesn't. While you have your opinions on his guilt, you don't KNOW his involvement.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:10:42 AM

After how Art Modell screwed the city of Cleveland...can't cheer for the Ravens. I am also sick of the Ray Lewis Love Fest....Go NINERS....


I can so relate to this statement, because as an Oilers fan, I was really upset about what happened when Bud Adams brought the team to Tennessee.

I will say, at least the Browns got to keep their name. Bud Adams took the Oilers name with him to Tennessee.

I was already rooting for the Niners, but that just gives me another reason to do so.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:15:56 AM
Thank you Guzismom! I agree with what you said.

I am very happy for the Ravens! I do see why the people of Cleveland would be upset with their team leaving. It happens way to much in pro sports. But at least if they didn't like Modell, then maybe them leaving and getting a new team with their name was good? Baltimore lost the Colts, so their fans understand. At least Baltimore renamed the team instead of taking the name from Cleveland.

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Wow! My friend's son was drunk and passed out in the back of a car (he was a teenage alcoholic and now recovering) and got 10 years for "just being there" (the gang law) when the front seat passenger, a 16 year old, pulled out a gun and shot and killed the people he was fighting with.

My friend's son got the harshest and lengthiest sentence because he was 18 years old while the shooter did 2 years in Juvie because he was not as did the other 3 boys in the car.

And no, none of them were gang members, just kids out for a joy ride that ended in a tragedy because the shooter couldn't figure out to solve his problems without the use of a gun.

So, I'm not surprised that Ray Lewis is proof that if you have enough money, fame, and the "right" team, you won't be punished for your earthly crimes.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:02:21 PM
They were not acquitted because they didn't do it, they were acquitted on the basis of it being self defense.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:23:23 PM
I was watching old reruns of Law & Order this morning--there was an episode in which Ray Lewis (among other pro athletes) was mentioned (the episode was about a baseball player who killed a limo driver.) Anyway, they kept saying, "Special rules for people with special talents."


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:45:40 PM
Isn't he the guy who has some show where camera's followed him around for a year? A football life or something? My 8 year old boy, who loves all things football, (except Tim Tebow) seems to really like Ray Lewis, based on the show. He talks about him quite a bit. I had no idea about his past. I'll have to ask my football obsessed husband about it.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:20:03 PM

OMG - an athlete involved in illegal activities that somehow got minimal punishment and all is forgiven. Let me go see if I can find anyone in this country that is surprised by that statement. It may take me a while so feel free to continue on without me.
buahahahaha LMFAO! sadly that is true.


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ShannoninKC - he was on HBO's Hard Knocks a long time ago. Maybe that is what you are thinking of? I saw him on there and really liked him. I had no idea about his background.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:32:29 PM

6 kids by 4 different women....great role model.


A lot of people, famous and not-so-famous, can say the same thing. What is your point?



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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:40:01 PM
Our justice system acquitted him. That was their choice based on the circumstances. I admire the person he has become. Go Ravens!


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Well, sort of. They were not just 'people he knew.' They were his friends, and traveling with him in the limo he rented that night. It was his group, not just acquaintances he saw out at the club.

Where's his outfit from that night? What happened to the girl who was in their group who said that they stopped to dispose of his bloody clothes? Why did he pay the families millions to keep quiet? Why did he lie to the cops? Why didn't they bother calling all of the witnesses? Why didn't they investigate further after two people were murdered? It just quietly faded away....

He sat WITH his friends for the first two weeks of the trial. He turned on them so he could get the murder charges dropped. If he wasn't at all involved and really just tried to break the fight up, why did he get the maximum sentence for a first time offender?

Luckily for all of them (but not so much for the victims), the DA did a crap job on the case, and they all walked. I understand that you want to believe that he had no involvement, as a Ravens fan. That's understandable. And I'm glad he's done good things with his life SINCE that night, but I think the fact that he's lauded as some sort of media darling and NFL saint now that he's retiring is disgusting. Especially when somebody like Tony Gonzalez retiring is virtually ignored.


Word for word.

It amazes me that there are so many people willing to defend him. Though based on how the press has behaved towards him the last few weeks, it shouldn't surprise me.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:40:56 PM

6 kids by 4 different women....great role model.


A lot of people, famous and not-so-famous, can say the same thing. What is your point?

I think her point is, he's a bad role model.
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