Anna Burns Welker (L) with wide receiver husband Wes Welker. (Photo source: Deadspin.com)
You may remember that after the New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants in last year's Super Bowl, quarterback Tom Brady's wife -- supermodel Gisele Bundchen -- ripped his teammates for dropping so many passes. Well, now another Patriots player's wife is making headlines after letting loose on Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis following his team's win over the Patriots on Sunday.
Anna Burns Welker, whose past life includes a Miss Hooters title, was angry over her husband Wes Welker's loss. She was also perturbed that Ray Lewis -- the team's star linebacker -- has been getting so much attention and praise. Lewis announced a few weeks back that he would retire after this season, and that kicked off a storybook run to the Super Bowl. But Lewis also has a bit of a checkered past, having been charged with murder back in 2000, only to cut a deal and get those charges dropped.
"Proud of my husband and the Pats," Anna wrote in a message obtained by The Big Lead. But what started out as sweet, quickly turned sour. "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!"
The anti-Lewis rant. (Source: Larry Brown Sports)
The Daily Mail explains exactly what Anna is referring to in her disparaging comments:
Lewis and a group of friends were at the Cobalt Lounge in Atlanta for an after party on January 31 when a heated argument breaks out between Lewis' group and another set of clubgoers.
One witness later said they saw Lewis throw a punch during the scuffle but no one claimed Lewis held a knife.
Anna Burns of Fayetteville, N.C. poses at the Hooters restaurant in New York, N.Y., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005. (AP Photo/Adam Rountree)
After Jacinth Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24, were mortally wounded, Lewis and an entourage of 10 piled into a Lincoln Navigator
The two victims died nearly instantly after being knifed to the heart.
Lewis was soon taken into police custody where he admittedly supplied police with false information.
He was then arrested and held without bail. Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting were also arrested.
The trial began less than four months after the homicide.
Two weeks into the proceedings, Lewis agreed to testify against others in exchange for the murder charges being dropped.
He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and received a year of probation.
Even after testifying against Oakley and Sweeting, they were acquitted of murder and assault charges after a jury deliberated for five hours.
Lewis was fined $250,000 by the NFL and later reached a financial settlement with the victims' families. A confidentiality clause kept the amount secret.
But reaction to Anna's comments were swift, and she scrambled to do damage control by releasing a statement to Larry Brown Sports apologizing for the comments:
“I’m deeply sorry for my recent post on Facebook. I let the competitiveness of the game and the comments people were making about a team I dearly love get the best of me. My actions were emotional and irrational and I sincerely apologize to Ray Lewis and anyone affected by my comment after yesterday’s game.
“It is such an accomplishment for any team to make it to the NFL playoffs, and the momentary frustration I felt should not overshadow the accomplishments of both of these amazing teams.”
Lewis and the Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans on February 3.
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