The controversy over Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' 2000 murder investigation keeps heating up, despite the team's Sunday Super Bowl 47 victory and the obvious efforts by the mainstream media of glossing over the one blemish on an otherwise stellar athletic career.
According to NBC Sports, CBS let Lewis dodge the question over a pre-Super Bowl 47 one-on-one interview conducted by Lewis' former teammate — and ardent defender — Shannon Sharpe. Here's the exchange:
Sharpe: A couple of weeks ago, the family of the incident in 2000 — and I'm paraphrasing — but it goes something like this: 'While Ray Lewis is being celebrated by millions, two men tragically and brutally died in Atlanta. Ray Lewis knows more than Ray Lewis ever shared.' What would you like to say to the families?
Lewis: It's simple, you know. God has never made a mistake. That's just who He is, you see? And if our system — this is the sad thing about our system — if our system took the time to really investigate what happened 13 years ago, maybe they would have got to the bottom-line truth. But the saddest thing ever was that a man looked me in my face and told me, 'we know you didn't do this, but you're going down for it anyway.' To the family, if you knew — if you really knew — the way God works, He don't use people who commits anything like that for His glory. No way. It's the total opposite.
But while NBC Sports seems skeptical, PolicyMic's own Lenny DeFranco addressed the question by stating, "[though] Lewis' vicious on-field persona and his silence on the issue since then have contributed to the assumption that he is guilty. [However, though] He did lie to the police about being there, but that is quite different from being responsible for two deaths."
Weight In: Are the media trying to crucify Lewis or are these concerns legitimate?