Anna Burns Welker, wife of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, is not a fan of Ray Lewis.
Shortly after Sunday’s AFC championship game, in which the Ravens defeated the Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl, Welker posted on Facebook:
“Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!”
Welker quickly apologized for the post, writing:
“I apologize to Ray Lewis and his family for my comments. In no way did I mean for them to be mean or hurtful. I’m embarrassed for being a sore loser. I wish Ray and the Ravens good luck. Lesson learned!”
The incident that Welker was referring to in her first post occurred on January 31, 2000, when a fight broke out between Lewis, his friends, and another group of people at a party in Atlanta. Two people, Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, were stabbed. Lewis and two of his friends were questioned by police and later indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges. Lewis was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and fined $250,000 by the NFL.
In April 2004, Lewis reached a settlement with Lollar’s four-year-old daughter, India, as well as an undisclosed settlement with Baker’s family.
Welker isn’t the first Patriots wife to get upset following a loss. Last year, Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, criticized Welker’s husband and other receivers for missing catches during the Super Bowl.
“You [need] to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” Bundchen said. “My husband cannot [expletive] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
Ray Lewis and the Ravens will now take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on February 3.