Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says he will retire at the end of the playoffs after 17 seasons in the NFL. (Photo: Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports)
In a taped interview that aired during the CBS Super Bowl pregame show, Ray Lewis hinted that authorities missed clues in the double murder case he was involved with 13 years ago and said his innocence can be proven by the will of God.
Shannon Sharpe spoke with the Baltimore Ravens linebacker in a pre-taped interview that aired an hour before kickoff of Super Bowl XLVII.
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The killings remain unsolved. Only Lewis pleaded guilty in relation to the case: for obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. He originally was charged with two counts of murder but struck a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against two of his companions that night, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting.
SHARPE: "A couple of weeks ago, the family of the incident in 2000, and I'm paraphrasing, but it goes something like this: While Ray Lewis is being celebrated by millions, two men tragically and brutally died in Atlanta. Ray Lewis knows more than Ray Lewis ever shared. What would you like to say to the family?"
LEWIS: "It's simple. God has never made a mistake. That's just who he is. You see? And if our system, this is the sad thing about our system -- if our system took the time to really investigate what happened 13 years ago, maybe they would have got to the bottom line truth.
But the saddest thing ever is a man looked me in my face and told me, 'we know you didn't do this. but you going down for it anyway.'To the family, if you knew -- if you really knew -- the way God works, he don't use people who commits anything like that for his good. No way. It's the total opposite."
When given a chance to speak to the families of two victims, Lewis instead professed his innocence through the will of God. He suggests God would never allow a man who committed two murders to have so much success afterward.
Then, Lewis turns blame to the authorities investigating the case and suggests their singular focus on him hindered the investigation.