Fans of Dancing with the Stars are growing tiresome at the decision to cast former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Their emotions aren't because of his sluggish dancing through two performances, but rather his history. Fans of the NFL are quite familiar with Lewis' run-in with the law stemming from a murder investigation when he was younger. For Dancing with the Stars fans, the past wasn't as understood as it was for sports fans. While Lewis never was in jail or convicted and his involvement in the actual altercation is not totally clear, fans of the show aren't too pleased to see him regardless.
Here’s your weekly reminder that Ray Lewis got away with murder #DWTS— Stephanie (@OliveYou618) September 24, 2019
So, you protested Sean Spicer because... he was the White House press secretary and you claim he helped Donald Trump obstruct justice and lie. But... you’re ok with Ray Lewis, who actually plead guilty on two counts of obstruction related to 2 stabbing deaths? Totally cool. #DWTS— DudetheGuy (@realDudetheGuy) September 24, 2019
CORRECTION!!! Ray LEWIS (not ray rice, or jerry rice) basically murdered two people, got away with it and is now on #DWTS. messed up. GOODNIGHT WORLD THIS IS WHY I AM NOT A JOURNALIST— mrs. benny baseball (@JJfromMA) September 19, 2019
They just have Ray Lewis on dancing w the stars as if he didn’t kill people— randell scism (@shmandell) September 23, 2019
In 2010 just after his team had won the Super Bowl, Lewis and his friends were involved in an altercation that left two people dead with stab wounds. Lewis, along with two others, were indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges shortly after. The murder charges eventually were dismissed in exchange for his testimony against the other two. He provided a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice as a result of a misinformed statement he provided early in the investigation.
The two companions of Lewis eventually were acquitted of their charges a few months later. To this day, no one has ever been convicted in this case.
Lewis went on to have a historical career playing solely for the Ravens over his 17-year career. A two-time Super Bowl champion, the Miami product was a 13-time Pro Bowl, seven-time first-team All-Pro and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
His transition to the dancefloor hasn't been as illustrious. His scores have kept him near the bottom of the group after the first two performances.