A History of Sports Champions With Rap Sheets

Ray Lewis

Sport: Football
Team(s): Baltimore Ravens
Champion: Super Bowl XXXV (2001) and Super Bowl XLVII (2013)
Offense(s): Obstruction of justice
Sentence: One year probation

To some people Ray Lewis is a murderer who should be spending the majority of his adult life behind bars rather than on the football field. To others he’s an inspirational God fearing champion who’s been unfairly vilified in the media. The truth is only a few people (three living and two deceased) know what happened on the night of January 31, 2000. 

During a Super Bowl XXXIV after party, Lewis along with two of his companions were involved in a brawl that resulted in the deaths of two men. Lewis cut a deal with prosecutors which resulted in his murder charge being dropped to an obstruction of justice charge in exchange for his testimony. Just a year later Lewis led his team to a Super Bowl victory and won MVP honors. Over a decade after that Lewis won another Super Bowl in the 17th and presumed final year of his career.

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