Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker's wife for the Facebook rant she posted last week, he says. Welker was asked about the comments during Monday's media day gathering, and on Jan. 29 Yahoo! Sports shared the details.
Anna Burns Welker vented on Facebook after the Patriots lost to the Ravens, but some think she took it a bit too far. She told followers to look up Ray's Wikipedia page and wrote, “6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay! What a hall of fame player! A true role model!” The comments didn't stay up on the page for long.
Ray Lewis forgives Welker for her comments, and he says that sometimes people just say silly stuff. He notes that last year the game went the other direction, and he didn't hear anybody from his side say anything negative about the other team, because they respect them. Ultimately, however, he says he has no hard feelings and felt she just said some foolish things.
While Ray Lewis forgives Anna Burns Welker, USA Today notes that the families involved in the incident references are still struggling on their end. On Jan. 31, 2000, Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker were stabbed outside an Atlanta nightclub. The murders remain unsolved, though Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the case. He was originally charged with two counts of murder, but a deal to testify against two others he was with that night shifted the charges. His friends were acquitted of the murders. It is definitely a complicated situation, and Lewis seems determined to distance himself from the tragic incident.
Was Anna Burns Welker justified in her Facebook rant? Many people tend to forget that when they live in the public eye, their social media presence is closely watched. She isn't the first and likely won't be the last football wife to get caught venting about another player when she thinks she's in private. While Lewis can't seem to entirely get away from discussions about that 2000 incident, he's likely a bit unhappy that Welker's wife brought it front-and-center again. Perhaps Ray Lewis forgiving Welker when asked about it by the media will wrap up buzz on this one so focus can turn back to Super Bowl XLVII coming up on Sunday.