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Legendary Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Might Be Wishing He Kept His Statement About Ray Rice Short and Sweet


"There's some things you can cover up and then there's some things you can't."

Ray Lewis (Image source: ESPN via YouTube)

Ray Lewis, a legendary middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens who ended his career with Super Bowl victory in 2013, might be wishing he kept his answer Sunday about former teammate Ray Rice a good bit shorter.

Ray Lewis (Image source: ESPN via YouTube) Ray Lewis (Image source: ESPN via YouTube)

Lewis, now an ESPN analyst, was asked about Rice's indefinite suspension from the NFL after a surveillance video came to light of him punching his then-fiance Janay Palmer in the face in a hotel elevator.

"There's some things you can cover up," Lewis said, "and then there's some things you can't."

Washington Post sportswriter Cindy Boran noted what those familiar with Lewis' well-documented past were likely thinking: "He went on for about three minutes," she wrote, "but his producers had to be cringing."

Lewis was indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges in January 2000 after a fight at a Super Bowl party resulted in two stabbing deaths, The Score noted. But a plea agreement got charges against Lewis dropped in exchange for his testimony against two others; Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge, The Score added. Lewis has always maintained his innocence.

More of Lewis' response:

Sometimes we forget why we're here. We're here for one reason and one reason only. We're here for domestic violence. We're here because we saw a friend of mine brutally hit his wife in the face in an elevator. There's some things you can cover up and then there's some things you can't.

Right now is a sad day for me because the reputation that I left in this organization — this isn't it. This isn't it. What was built that many...years took hard work to get that. Took a hell of a reputation to put on the line. Men's families. Men's lives. Or how to actually get acclimated as a pro. [...]

Ray Rice put a lot of people in jeopardy with his actions. A lot of people in jeopardy. Not just himself. He needs to understand that because none of this happens if what happened that night in that elevator don't happen. If I ask for anything in this whole thing, I ask, "Let there be light."

Here's a clip of Lewis answer. The relevant portion begins at the 1:34 mark:

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