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When Was Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis Aquitted Of Murder?

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This is not a scientific poll but I asked co-workers “Why do you think some football fans dislike Ray Lewis so much? I got answers like, he has six children with four different women, he comes off as ‘full of himself’ and he appears phoney sometimes on TV. The most common response is, because he allegedly murdered someone.

The fact remains that during the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2000 after Super Bowl 39 in Atlanta, two men, Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker, died of stab wounds after a fight with members of the Lewis entourage outside a nightclub. Ray Lewis and two of his friends, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, were charged with murder. It’s a fact that the victims blood was found on Ray’s clothes and in the limo he was riding in just after the stabbings.

If you ask Priscilla Lollar, the mother of Richard Lollar, who was killed that night, she’d tell you that Ray Lewis is responsible for the murder of her son. If you ask sports authority Jim Rome what his take was, he’d say;

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So when was Ray Lewis acquitted? Well, the murder trial began less than four months after the homicides and two weeks into the proceedings, Ray Lewis agreed to testify against others in exchange for the murder charges against him being dropped. He later pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and received a year of probation. Shockingly, after the jury deliberated for five hours, the other two were acquitted of murder and assault charges.

Ray Lewis was fined $250,000 by the NFL and later reached a financial settlement with the victims’ families. If you’re wondering why we haven’t heard more outrage about this, a confidentiality clause kept the details and amount of money secret.


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