So only the truly, truly ignorant would be unaware of the fact that Super Bowl 47 is played one week from today. And the game will be the final one in the career of the great Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis. And while I guess one could expect that the subject matter this post is apart would again be brought up in the light of another Ray Lewis Super Bowl appearance, it's sad that it has to be.
The Washington Post decided to do a reflection on the events from post-Super Bowl 34, when Ray Lewis was involved in an altercation in Atlanta that ended with two people dead. You can find the article here. Lewis was one of three people charged with murder in the case, and eventually would enter into a plea deal in exchange for testimony against the other two defendants. In the end, however, the defendants were acquitted as the jury found that the defendants were acting in self-defense.
An ironic end to the story of Ray Lewis-post Super Bowl 34 is the fact that a year later, he stood in Tampa at Super Bowl 35, a Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP.
There's obviously no guarantee that he will again be MVP of Super Bowl 47, and there certainly is a very sad story that there are two families who had members of their family killed and that in their minds, justice was not served. And this episode will always be a part of Ray Lewis's life.
So, this week, there will be haters of this man who will call him "murderer", claim he cheated the law, etc. And these people will be ignorant of two basic things. One, Ray Lewis paid his price for his involvement that night in Atlanta. Two, two families have lost loved ones, with no recompense or even a sense of closure. I would challenge those loudmouths to keep their mouths shut and respect those lives by doing so.