Legendary Ravens RB Ray Lewis won a World Championship with Ray Rice in Superbowl XLVII, but he won’t let their similar problems with the law and public perception lead to a comparison between the two of them.
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Retired Ravens LB Ray Lewis denies that there is any comparison between his legal and personal problems while he was a Raven with the problems that recently-released RB Ray Rice had.
“There’s no comparison,” Lewis, an ESPN analyst, said. “There is no comparison between me and Ray Rice. It’s night and day.”
In 2000, Lewis was charged with murder and later agreed to plead guilty to obstruction of justice and testify against his co-defendants, the Ravens stood by him. On Monday, the Ravens decided to stop standing by running back Ray Rice. Lewis feels it’s because his own case is a lot different from Rice’s.
Lewis said he talked to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti today, and that Bisciotti said he hadn’t seen the video of Rice punching his wife until TMZ posted it this morning. Lewis said Bisciotti’s visceral reaction to that video explains why Bisciotti decided to terminate Rice’s contract.
Lewis, who revealed on the air that as a child he witnessed a man physically abuse his mother, also said he was personally upset by seeing Rice punch his wife. Lewis said he has tried to be a mentor to Rice.
“I’m disappointed. This is personal for me so I’m torn because this is a guy, a young man, that I really took under my wing and tried to mentor,” Lewis said.
Lewis said he considers Rice a friend and cares about him. But Lewis does not want to be compared to Rice.