May 03, 2004

Unconvicted murderer Ray Lewis has reached a settlement with the daughter of one of the two men that was stabbed to death by Lewis' friend as he stood by and then obstructed justice. The settlement is reported to be $1 Million and will result in no civil suit being filed. Lewis' annual salary from the Ravens is about $7 Million per year and at his last contract was paid a $19 Million bonus.

posted by vito90 to football at 10:55 AM - 11 comments

In other news, vito90 posts leading entry at community sports blog, SportsFilter. danostuporstar stands by and then posts comment. As far as we know, both are unconvicted of murder.

posted by danostuporstar at 12:09 PM on May 03, 2004

Poor Ray Lewis.

posted by rocketman at 12:29 PM on May 03, 2004

I didn't know Ray Lewis was a murderer.

posted by dusted at 01:16 PM on May 03, 2004

Unconvicted but not untried. IIRC, he was actually acquitted of the charge regardless of my or your personal opinion.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:22 PM on May 03, 2004

IIRC, he was actually acquitted actually, it was ye olde plea bargin.

posted by danostuporstar at 02:17 PM on May 03, 2004

Yeah, he's no murderer. Every innocent man I've ever known would be willing to dole out $1M to keep a civil trial from happening. "It will be considered conduct detrimental for Covered Employees to engage in [or to aid, abet or conspire to engage in or to incite] violent criminal activity. This policy will be applicable to all criminal conduct involving violence which occurs after the Covered Employee commences negotiations for employment with the NFL, any NFL club or related entity [including, in the case of players, those drafted by an NFL club as well as those under contract of employment] and will include all such conduct occurring after that date." Funny ... I don't remember the NFL doing anything but dropping to its collective knees and sucking Ray off when he pled out. Pathetic.

posted by wfrazerjr at 02:45 PM on May 03, 2004

Even under the most generous interpretation, Ray Lewis tried to cover up a double homicide. He pled guilty to obstructing justice and was sentenced to probation, admitting that he told people in his entourage to lie after they were involved in the stabbing deaths of two men outside an Atlanta nightclub at 4 a.m. after the 2000 Super Bowl. He also admitted giving a false statement to police after the murders. Three things make it hard to believe he didn't do anything: His claim not to have seen who stabbed the men, the fact that the white suit he wore that evening has never been found, and this $1 million settlement. This reminds me of the big wet tongue kiss that announcers Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms gave Lewis in the fourth quarter of the Ravens-Giants Super Bowl. Gumbel and Lewis praised Lewis for planning, at some undesignated time, to "approach the families of the victims and attempt to help heal their hurt." Two people are dead and Lewis gets praised before an audience of millions for an empty gesture that he hadn't even made yet. And we get outraged over a nanosecond of exposed tit.

posted by rcade at 03:17 PM on May 03, 2004

"We?" Not I. But I hear ya.

posted by garfield at 03:37 PM on May 03, 2004

I love vito's neverending contempt for Ray Lewis. I mean, I share it, don't get me wrong, but vito's is just so much more fun. I hope he can make an equal effort for Jayson Williams. Looks like he's off to a good start.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:41 PM on May 03, 2004

I despise Lewis too, the thing that pisses me off though is that he is so good and fun to watch. It's like Michael Jackson: Billy Jean, Thriller, Beat It, all great stuff but now that he's a buggerer of boys it's just something I can't listen to anymore.

posted by mick at 04:26 PM on May 03, 2004

Even if Michael Jackson took to punching babies in the neck, I could still listen to Billy Jean.

posted by rocketman at 04:31 PM on May 03, 2004

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