Redemption Song.

Can I Live?
Can I Live?
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.


5 thoughts on “Redemption Song.

  1. I believe in second, third even fourth chances… the road to self actualization is rugged and narrow… i do not know if he indeed wielded the knife that killed either of those two young men but he knows and God knows… if he did maybe it will be a situation similar to Trevell Coleman aka G-Dep and turn himself in later, if he didn’t then it is his absolute right to live in peace.

    The NFL is filled with men that have done much, much more than settle scores on the grid iron… rapists, murderers, dog fighters, tax evasion-ers, vehicular manslaughter-ers, statutory rapists, firebomb makers, kidnappers, domestic violence perpetrators, DUI, DWI, drug abusers, alcoholics, attempted murderers the list goes on and on and many of these men have found forgiveness and new lives, who are we to say that they should not?

    I admire the man ray has gone on to become and i applaud him for working hard to become a better person and not sinking and becoming worse which we have also seen in the NFL before.

    since my team been out

    1. Yeah I to believe in given people a second chance, I mean if the shoe was reversed we would want someone to give us a second chance. I think jut like Scarface (Tony Montana) said some people need a bad guy to point a finger at so that it makes them feel better about the dirt that they do.

  2. like yolie said, there are people who have done much worse (whether come to light or not). hell, the dallas player that killed his teammate was on the sidelines like .5 seconds later.
    and dont get me started on people STILL hating on Vick what he did to dogs, while no one says a word about Leonard Little or Donte Stallworth.
    but whateves.

    1. I’m team forgive and forget myself, those that want that condemn and point fingers IMO do so to take the blame off of them. Hell some of our elected officials have records longer than my arm but yet they are forgiven.

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