Redemption Song.If you are a sports fan, particularly a football fan than you are aware that the Baltimore Ravens will be playing the San Francisco 49ers in this season’s Superbowl. I’m also sure you are aware of some of the story lines that have already been reported on, this being the first time that two brothers (Jim and John Harbaugh) will coach against each other, the culmination of the meteoric rise of rookie QB sensation Colin Kaepernick and of course Ray Lewis’s possible redemption song.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or one of Rick Ross’s titties then you aware of Lewis’s involvement in the stabbing deaths of two men (Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar) after a fight in 2000. Lewis negotiated a plea agreement, where the murder charges were dismissed in exchange for his testimony against his two friends and his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.
While Lewis wasn’t the one that stabbed and killed both Baker and Lollar (as far as we know) a lot has been made about him being a killer that has gotten off scott free over the years, with it reaching a fever pitch recently because of his team reaching the Superbowl.
Even Anna Burns Welker, the wife of Wes Welker (whose New England Patriots lost to Lewis’s Ravens this past Sunday) took to Facebook to take a shot at Lewis
” Burns Welker wrote. “By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids, 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!”
This type of thinking I’m sure is shared by many, many who either dis-like Lewis simple because and need to point a finger at someone as if they never did anything wrong or someone who his passionate about his/her team and is overzealous in rooting for them.
One thing that gets me is how people will judge and criticize Lewis for something that was done over a decade go that has been settled between everybody that was involved. Nevermind the fact that Lewis has distance himself from the reckless young man that he use to be by the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation which is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth.
The foundation funds events as adopting 10 families in the Baltimore City community for the holidays, an annual celebrity auction and bowling tournament, the Great Maryland Duck Derby, Thanksgiving food drives on North Avenue in Baltimore, and Ray’s Summer Days. All proceeds have helped fund the Ray Lewis Foundation. And becoming more involved in the church albeit all this after his slap on the wrist but a change never the less.
So what about it? Do you think it’s time that Ray is forgiven, can he even be forgiven and in the words of Jay-Z “Can He Live? And what about forgive and forget, judge not unless we be judged first…
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.