February 2nd, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Amid 'storybook' ending, Ray Lewis is still controversial

By Ed Lavandera and Michael Pearson, CNN

(CNN) - It's not hard to find Ray Lewis in prayer. You might catch a glimpse of it on the sidelines before a game. In the locker room. Even on the cover of Sports Illustrated - the muscular Baltimore Ravens linebacker standing bare-chested in a swimming pool, his palms pressed together.

To some, Lewis' frequent expressions of faith are the marks of a life redeemed, a long 13-year journey from murder accusations - later dropped by prosecutors - in the death of two men hours after the 2000 Super Bowl in Atlanta.

But for others, the show of faith is little more than an act.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Sports

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. ChrIstina White

    I'm a huge fan of Ray Lewis and my opinion on his life direction I think after all that happened 13 years ago he is leading down the right path. If he was guilty then I'm sure the prosecutors would have saw that he was and the police would have some kind of evidence. God makes no mistakes so keep it up Ray!!!

    February 26, 2013 at 9:44 am |
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    February 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  3. PumpNDump

    Ray Lewis is ghetto trash.

    February 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      With millions more than you trailer trash.

      February 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  4. lionlylamb


    February 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
    • Baphomet

      6 kids, 4 different women. Obstruction of justice, involved in a double homicide. snitched out his friends to save his own ass. But "god" has forgiven him. What a joke. A track record showing a man of "great" character. delusional, self postulating, egotistical...

      February 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • sam stone

      bapho.......but he can sure play football (heavy sarcasm)

      February 5, 2013 at 5:05 am |
  5. Teddy Fuxspin

    In lieu of Disneyland, Ray Lewis will attend a rap concert and murder several people after the big game this year.

    February 3, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Big Shiz

      No,but your girl will get gang banged by the whole ravens team.

      February 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm |

      Big Shiz? More like Nig Shiz, as in worthless inferior niqqer shiz. Get it?

      February 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Your just mad because your lady prefers black cok.

      February 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  6. lionlylamb


    February 3, 2013 at 2:26 am |
  7. Reality

    From the topic commentary:

    """"But for others, the show of faith is little more than an act.""""

    Amen to that.

    February 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
  8. lionlylamb

    The schizophrenic universe 02/02/13


    February 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm |

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxOPUWOFGOA

      February 3, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • lionlylamb


      February 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  9. Ray Lewis

    Just give me my other ring already! Lets get it on!!!

    February 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  10. lionlylamb

    Icecube motor 02/01/13


    February 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  11. lionlylamb


    February 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  12. lionlylamb

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    February 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  13. Alien Orifice

    God bless Ray. God bless the Colts. Go Baltimore!

    February 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • Ozamataz Buckshank

      Fvck both those cities and their respected teams. Ray Ray and Suggs are urban bigfoots.

      February 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Both those cities? I don't get it.

      February 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • Ozamataz Buckshank

      The Colts currently reside in Indianapolis while the Ravens play in Baltimore. Try to keep up.

      February 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Alien Orifice


      February 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  14. Ozamataz Buckshank

    Ray Lewis is an asswaffle.

    February 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Speak ye only fondly of our Lord.

      February 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray without ceasing in 2013
    Prayer changes things

    February 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your repeated assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated unfounded assertions may represent truths is: "EPIC FAIL". Perhaps the following book can help you cope with the problem of repeating unfounded assertions:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...

      February 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi prayer bot.

      February 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
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