The Football Hall of Fame inducted Former Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis yesterday. Lewis spent 33 minutes speaking and dancing on stage with one of those wireless headsets. If anyone needed a heavy microphone bolted to the floor so they could not wander the stage, it is Lewis.
Why can’t all players inducted into the Football Hall of Fame do what Terrell Owens did and chose not to attend the induction ceremony? Owens refused to attend the festivities in Canton, Ohio. He elected to celebrate his induction at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Ray Lewis should not have attended the Hall of Fame ceremony
Instead of appearing at his alma mater, the University of Miami, Ray Lewis should have celebrated his induction at the site of the murders of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Lewis is the only one convicted in relation to the slayings. He accepted a plea deal before the trial. Lewis agreed to testify against his co-defendants Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting in exchange for pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. Oakley and Sweeting were then found not guilty in a criminal trial.
The Football Hall of Fame has never taken murder very seriously. OJ Simpson is still enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He was found not guilty in a criminal trial for the murders of his ex-wife Nichole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. He was then found responsible for the murders in a later civil trial.
It would have been simple for the Hall of Fame to remove Simpson’s bust from Canton. Very simple. It would have also sent a message that killers of women were not welcome within their hallowed halls.
Ray Lewis is a terrible human being. How a person can spend so much time pontificating about subjects that do not matter, yet not talk about the one thing that is important, the murders of two men. His co-defendants were found not guilty, but Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar are still dead. As the lone person convicted in relation to their murders, he owes everyone an explanation that includes the truth about his involvement in their slayings.