Ray Lewis said he forgives Wes Welker’s wife after she want on a Facebook tirade against him following the New England Patriots’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
In the tirade, Anna Burns Welker singled out Ray Lewis, directing her followers to search out his Wikipedia page to learn some sordid details about him. She wrote: “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!”
The comments referenced a 2000 case in which Ray Lewis and two associates were charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men following Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta. Lewis was not charged, and the two men he was with were acquitted.
Anna Burns Welker later apologized for her comments, the Washington Post reported.
When asked about the comments, Ray Lewis said he forgives Welker. Via Yahoo! Sports:
“I’ve always been a firm believer of the Good Book, and the Good Book always confirms, even a fool is counted wise until he opens he or she mouth. And sometimes people just say silly stuff. And they say it out of emotion. And sometimes you need to let the game take care of the game. We lost up there last year, and I didn’t hear one teammate say anything about nobody there because we have respect for that team, that they won it fair and square. So for her to come out and say what she said, listen, I truly forgive her, and I have no hard feelings against her at all, but I believe people just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes.”
Though Ray Lewis forgives Anna Burns Welker, this will likely not be the last time he answers questions about the 2000 incident. Many media outlets have reported on the killing and the effect on Lewis and his career.