Your Monday Reality Check: Stupidity alive in Lewis retirement reaction

January 07, 2013 | Glenn Clark

Your Monday Reality Check: Stupidity alive in Lewis retirement reaction

Of course he should have, as there isn’t as much as a shred of evidence that suggests that Ray Lewis once got away with murder. If you’ve forgotten that, perhaps you should read back up on what actually happened in Atlanta. This decade old wrap-up from CNN will help. If that’s not good enough, try this New York Times story where the Fulton County prosecutor all but admitted he only ever attempted to charge Ray Lewis with murder because he wanted to get the linebacker to “tell the truth” about other friends who had been charged in the case.

I would also encourage you to go back and re-read the entire transcript of Ray Lewis’ testimony in the case. This was the testimony the prosecution so desired that they were willing to drop murder charges against him. It will take you a long time to re-read this and you’ll be very frustrated because at the end you’ll come away saying “he didn’t really say anything.”

I read everything Ray Lewis had to say. I read every question a prosecutor attempted to answer in the process. Nothing in the testimony indicated Ray Lewis knew anything regarding the murders whatsoever, more or less was involved in any capacity.

Yet still a Ravens fan emailed me this weekend to say “Ray Lewis did not kill them, but I am SURE he knows more than he’s telling. To think otherwise is akin to thinking OJ had nothing to do with the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, or that Barry Bonds never took steroids.”

There is absolutely zero evidence to back this theory up, but yet he’s “sure.”

But Mike Bianchi thinks it’s okay to compare Ray Lewis to Michael Vick.

But David Whitley wants to know if Ray Lewis got away with murder.

But the hosts of the “Kiley & Booms” show on WKRK in Cleveland thought it was acceptable to say “he steps away with as many championship rings as he does murders”.

I’ll have to assume the Cleveland response was nothing more than pandering to a community built on jealousy. I can’t imagine CBS would ever hire anyone that would make significantly false accusations.

Oh wait…nevermind.

Perhaps having been falsely accused of something makes me more personally attached to this matter. Some have accused me of a level of “Baltimore bias” for my defense of Lewis, comparing me to a St. Louis Cardinals fan who wants to believe Mark McGwire never used steroids.

Those people have apparently never heard my vehement defense of Ben Roethlisberger whenever a Charm City sports fan attempts to use that oh-so-clever “Rapelisberger” nickname to describe him. Perhaps they’ve never heard me make it very apparent that it is not acceptable to me to simply attach false claims to someone for the sake of fun.

It’s absolutely worse when it comes from someone who is supposed to be a responsible member of the media.

If you choose to not partake in “hero worship” related to Lewis for your own reasons, I have no issue with that. In fact, I find hero worship of sports figures to be uncomfortable at best, as I explained during the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky trial (and Joe Paterno’s involvement) earlier this year. But choosing not to worship Ray Lewis and attempting to label him a murderer are vastly different.

It’s worth noting that if you’re a Ray Lewis fan and you’re not offended by the things written and said by these media members, you should be. These people believe you gathered to celebrate a man responsible (or at least partially responsible) for the deaths of two innocent men a decade ago. These media members believe you’re such a degenerate that would would proclaim greatness toward a murderer.

Are you angry now?

Ray Lewis was guilty of obstruction of justice in 2000. He’s paid the price for that and has used it to turn himself into one of the more upstanding citizens in all of football. It’s a story that deserves to be told. It’s a story that cannot be molded into a form of “whodunit.”

That case against Ray Lewis has already been solved.

Perhaps those considering to still use the term murder should instead heed the more than a decade old advice of WNST.net’s own Brian Billick.

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

In fact, many of you are trying to prove your jealousy. Or stupidity. Or both.

-G

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Justafan Says:

    This is the problem with many so-called journalists today. They never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  2. Jarrod Says:

    I would agree with your thoughts, Glen. But, Is celebrating man who has 6 kids by 4 different women as a “leader” acceptable in today’s society? The myopic viewpoint Bianchi illustrates, is similar to how local media ignores or in my opinion hides these same facts to many fans who idolize #52. Maybe my assesment between the two is simply not fair.

    (Edit from Glenn: In fact, I would say FAR from fair. Comparing having children with multiple women to criminal activity is out of line.

    If Lewis had been documented to be a bad father I would think your point relevant. It certainly comes off as non-traditional and not necessarily what we would want from our own families, but if Lewis had taken on the responsibility of being a good father in such a non-traditional setting I would believe the point to be moot. I have no reason not to believe he has.)

  3. Jason Says:

    Glen,
    Your response to Jarrod’s reply was EXACTLY what I was going to say. Basically verbatim. If Lewis didn’t take care of his six children, he would be “raked over the coals” about that.

  4. Jason Says:

    It’s a shame that those, fans and media alike, who want to continue to use the unfortunate murders in Atlanta as a reason to bring down Ray Lewis have such a hatred and disdain for him. How is it that the media constantly praise guys like Adam “Pacman” Jones for changing his ways and turning his life around but Ray continues to have the moniker of “Murderer?”

  5. Jason Manelli Says:

    I emailed Bianchi and the editor of the Sun after I read this on Monday on the Sun’s own website. I mourn the day the Tribune took over our hometown daily, and this is a great example of why. Out of town writer with no sense of the place or the moment dips his poison pen into the decade old blood of the victims. It was callous and further evidence of the depths journalists sink to meet their ‘deadline’.

    (Edit from Glenn: Wholly agreed.)

  6. unitastoberry Says:

    If you read any of the articles on Fox Sports.Com/MSN last weekend about Ray the comments were mostly appauling towards him. I’m not sure he’s loved elsewhere like Baltimore and Miami. Keep winning!

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