Don't pass judgment on Lewis It's sickening to read and...


February 06, 2000

Don't pass judgment on Lewis

It's sickening to read and listen to all the speculation about the guilt or innocence, and the wisdom or lack thereof, of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

The police haven't divulged the evidence, nor much information. Therefore, how can anyone have enough knowledge regarding the events to pass judgment?

All I can do is regard Lewis in the same manner as I would want to be regarded were I in his situation: Give him the benefit of the doubt unti there is evidence that he does not deserve this benefit.

I am most enraged by the efforts of some to point to the handful of situations in which athletes are in legal difficulty as a sign of the downfall of pro athletics.

I see these incidents as merely a reflection of what goes on every day in our society. If we don't like it, let's focus efforts for positive change instead of hypocritically highlighting and obsessing on the shortcomings of others.

Quentin L. Joyner, Baltimore

Family environment lacking

It is stated in a recent book that 21 percent of the players in the NFL have criminal records. Many people blame the sudden fame and money for turning athletes into criminals.

I would guess that a high percentage of these young men come from broken homes, often without a father in the house to show them the difference between right and wrong along with the general lessons of common sense and good judgment. Instead, these men get their lessons on the street.

It's not the money and fame that do them in. It's the proper family environment they never had.

Jeff Mariner, Towson

Redskins: Who cares?

I take strong exception to the letters penned by Shawn Blair and David Walczak in the Jan. 30 edition of The Sun regarding local media coverage of their beloved team, the Washington Redskins.

Those two gentlemen believe Sun columnist Ken Rosenthal, among others, should be less critical of the Redskins.

Sorry your feelings were hurt, gentlemen, but in case you haven't noticed, the Redskins are not the team Baltimore fans root for. We couldn't care less about their fortunes.

As far as we're concerned, any article written about the Redskins is one article too many.

Morton D. Marcus, Baltimore

Redskins fans obnoxious

Redskins bashing? I make no apologies.

In the early 1960s, Colts tickets were hard to obtain. The only game a youngster was privileged enough to see was an annual preseason rookie game vs. the Redskins.

Those in attendance from Washington exhibited the worst behavior imaginable year after year. They were in your face with trash talk, verbally obnoxious in ridiculing our heroes, and fights broke out in many sections.

Later, in the Bert Jones era, Redskins fans demonstrated the same ridiculous, rude and obnoxious behavior during a rare Monday night game in Baltimore.

If you didn't experience it for yourself, you can imagine that fans who consider it perfectly acceptable to dress for the game in women's clothing and hog snouts are prone to do anything.

Mike Herman, Baltimore

Bruce, Rocker not the same

I am offended by Sun columnist Ken Rosenthal's comparison of Isaac Bruce and John Rocker.

Bruce's faith-filled, hopeful testimony of the power of Jesus Christ is in no way comparable to the bigoted, hateful comments of the arrogant Rocker.

We all need something to believe in, Ken.

I would suggest that in the future, you limit yourself to sports commentary and leave social commentary to those more qualified.

Paul D. Clutter, Red Lion, Pa.

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