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January 27, 2013
"Saturday Night Live" tapped into excitement over the Super Bowl and the amusement over Ray Lewis' exuberance during the Weekend Update segment. Kenan Thompson appeared in jersey and face paint as Lewis, whom host Seth Meyers interviewed. The highlight came with Thompson's promise that, upon winning the Super Bowl, he would kneel down on the 50-yeard line and ASCEND INTO HEAVEN. Thompson: Whooh! Oh, Seth. Meyers: So, Ray, are you excited for the big game? Thompson: Aaah.
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September 18, 2014
As a 92-year-old great grandmother, I have this to say about the Ray Rice situation: Ray Lewis gets a statue. Ray Rice gets the shaft. While it is impossible to ignore the detestable action caught on videotape, the outrage and vitriol seem more a product of our vicious social media-driven culture than an honest reaction to a grievous event. These media people put a flock of vultures to shame. What happened to Ray Rice is more about PR damage control - and money - for the NFL and for the Ravens than about a measured response to an admittedly horrific act. What about redemption?
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
For the second time since a graphic video surfaced of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching Janay Rice in a casino elevator, retired linebacker and ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis has commented on the domestic-violence incident. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens on Monday. He has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL. "This is a tragic situation what Ray Rice did was inexcusable," Lewis said Sunday morning on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. "There's no room in our world for what we've seen.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
For the second time since a graphic video surfaced of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching Janay Rice in a casino elevator, retired linebacker and ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis has commented on the domestic-violence incident. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens on Monday. He has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL. "This is a tragic situation what Ray Rice did was inexcusable," Lewis said Sunday morning on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. "There's no room in our world for what we've seen.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
For more than a decade, Priscilla Lollar struggled to face the realization that her son had been killed in a brawl outside an Atlanta nightclub. But these days, her emotions are raw again, as one of the men charged in the slaying - Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis - attracts national attention for his impending retirement and the team's playoff run. The brawl in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2000, left two young men from Akron, Ohio, dead...
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January 11, 2013
I totally agree with letter writer Bruce R. Knauff's complaint about the excessive coverage of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis ("Enough about Ray Lewis," Jan. 8). We are sick of hearing about Ray Lewis.  Why do you need a sports page if you continue to put sports stories on the front page? Rachel Miller Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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September 11, 2014
I was most confused by the letter writer who seemed to object to the statue of Ravens legend Ray Lewis being given equal status to the one of Johnny Unitas ( "Statue of Ray Lewis is disgraceful," Sept. 8). After all, as the writer observed, Ray Lewis was found not guilty in a court of law. So what's the problem here? It's not like the Ravens put up a statue of Michael Vick, who was actually found guilty of a crime and has been "rehabilitated. " Yet this letter writer still chooses to be "outraged.
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January 9, 2013
I think it spoke to the true essence of the man that Ray Lewis has become that after the playoff game against Indianapolis, the last game he would play at M&T Stadium after a hugely successful 17-year run with the Baltimore Ravens that (after completing his on-field victory dance) he peeled off his No. 52 jersey when it was time to address the media ("Ray's Day," Jan. 7). Knowing that thousands of people would be tuned in to hear the words of this icon on this important day in sports history, Ray chose not to be seen as the awesome Ravens player that he is, but rather as a soldier of God. The black t-shirt he wore simply said "Psalms 91" but his words spoke of "giving all the glory to God" and how "God is just amazing.
NEWS
February 4, 2013
I've had enough of the Ray Lewis drivel in your newspaper ("Lewis' stronger denial should help," Jan. 31). It's bad enough to take up so much space in the Sports section but when his big mug is plastered on the front page, well that's quite overdoing it for me. The front page should be for more important news of the world instead of another overpaid athlete. Everyone is putting him on a pedestal like he's a god of some sort. Apparently, they have forgotten his involvement in the stabbing deaths of two innocent victims a while back.
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September 11, 2014
I was amazed to see WBAL-TV interviewing Ray Lewis regarding the release of the TMZ video about Ray Rice's actions in the elevator ( "Ray Lewis weighs in on Ray Rice situation, calls it 'night and day' to his past legal problems," Sept 8). Are we to take away from this that obfuscating and obstructing justice regarding the murder of two men is not as bad as making a horrible mistake in judgment and punching the woman you love? Shame on WBAL-TV for not finding an upstanding former teammate to comment on the Ray Rice situation and his release from the team.
NEWS
September 11, 2014
I was amazed to see WBAL-TV interviewing Ray Lewis regarding the release of the TMZ video about Ray Rice's actions in the elevator ( "Ray Lewis weighs in on Ray Rice situation, calls it 'night and day' to his past legal problems," Sept 8). Are we to take away from this that obfuscating and obstructing justice regarding the murder of two men is not as bad as making a horrible mistake in judgment and punching the woman you love? Shame on WBAL-TV for not finding an upstanding former teammate to comment on the Ray Rice situation and his release from the team.
NEWS
September 11, 2014
I was most confused by the letter writer who seemed to object to the statue of Ravens legend Ray Lewis being given equal status to the one of Johnny Unitas ( "Statue of Ray Lewis is disgraceful," Sept. 8). After all, as the writer observed, Ray Lewis was found not guilty in a court of law. So what's the problem here? It's not like the Ravens put up a statue of Michael Vick, who was actually found guilty of a crime and has been "rehabilitated. " Yet this letter writer still chooses to be "outraged.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
When the first video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator like a slab of meat appeared, I thought, "God bless TMZ. " With TMZ's release of video today showing him punching Janay Palmer twice and knocking her to the floor, I say, God bless TMZ again and again. You can read what I wrote in February here under the headline: "Ray Rice and how TMZ counters the great American hype machine. " TMZ did the job the mainstream sports media failed to do in showing us the ugliness of this incident.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spoke to the team before practice broke Friday afternoon, a day after his statue was unveiled outside M&T Bank Stadium “It was very profound,” Harbaugh said. “It was about team and what you sacrifice to accomplish things, and what happens when you look back.” Harbaugh said the players who have joined the team since Lewis retired after the 2012 Super Bowl season were particularly excited to meet him and hear what he had to say. He walked off the field with undrafted rookie inside linebacker Zachary Orr. For veterans and Lewis' friends and former teammates, though, it wasn't big news to simply have him around.
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By Mike Preston | September 4, 2014
NFL Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe was a close friend of Ray Lewis when they played together in Baltimore. Sharpe was invited to attend Thursday morning's unveiling of the Lewis statue outside of M&T Bank Stadium but couldn't attend. However, Sharpe said he spoke to Lewis a couple of weeks ago. "When they put up a statue of a person that speaks volumes," said Sharpe on Thursday via phone. "It speaks about that person's impact on the community not just as a player but as a person.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
For most of Ray Lewis' 17-year NFL career, his face - eyes burning, mouth bellowing exhortations - was the face of the Ravens. Johnny Unitas' flinty gaze and stooped shoulders had symbolized pro football for earlier generations of Baltimore fans, and Lewis followed in the great quarterback's footsteps, becoming an icon for the new era of purple and black ardor. The Ravens made that association official Thursday morning, unveiling a bronze statue of the retired linebacker only a few feet from the statue of Unitas that greets visitors outside M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Matt Vensel | December 14, 2011
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who has missed the past four games with a toe injury, returned to practice on Wednesday. Lewis hadn't practiced since the week leading up to the 16-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers. As Lewis walked out onto the practice field and pulled his purple No. 9 practice jersey -- worn in honor of the late Steve McNair -- over his gray hooded sweatshirt, his teammates clapped and cat-called the 36-year-old. Before Wednesday's practice, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that if Lewis wasn't able to practice this week, he wouldn't automatically be ruled out for Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers.
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January 27, 2013
The Sun should apologize to Ray Lewis and be more concerned with his behavior now rather than that unfortunate incident in Atlanta involving a murder ("Ray Lewis, the 'life we learn with' and the 'life we live with after that,'" Jan. 15). Mr. Lewis' good points include his stellar play on the field, his personal appeal to fans and the numerous charitable things he has done. He has been done a great injustice by your article. Joseph F. Palmisano, Ocean Pines Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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By Peter Schmuck | September 4, 2014
Not sure what the over-under line was on the length of Ray Lewis's speech after the Ravens unveiled his statue on Thursday morning at M&T Bank Stadium, but no one was complaining after he talked for 31 minutes about his life, his family, his career and his teammates. Lewis has always been a great orator, so it was just a matter of striking the right balance between honoring his own legacy and honoring the other people who contributed to it. He did that well, recognizing important family members and pivotal figures in his career among the large group of invited guests that included the family of Johnny Unitas, olympian Michael Phelps and the mother of former Ravens quarterback Steve McNair.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
When fans head through the main entrance at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday for the Ravens' regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, they'll be greeted by a familiar sight. Ray Lewis starred for 17 seasons with the Ravens. Now he'll be immortalized next to another Baltimore sporting icon. The Ravens announced Wednesday that the statue of the middle linebacker will be unveiled Thursday at a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. in Unitas Plaza. Sculpted by Frederick Kail, the statue will be erected to the right of one depicting legendary Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas outside the north entrance of the stadium.
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