Ray Lewis weighs in on Ray Rice, says he's praying for his friend
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 08, 2014 at 2:10 PM
As the NFL owners meet in New York, the personal conduct of players has emerged as a hot-button issue.
In the wake of high-profile domestic incidents involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice and others, the NFL is taking steps to try to adjust how it punishes and educates the players.
Retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis said in a telephone interview that he has been in touch with Rice, who's appealing his indefinite suspension from the league, which came after his $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens.
"You're talking about a friend that's in a bad, bad situation," said Lewis, an ESPN analyst. "There's not one night that I don't pray for him and everybody that's going through it, and that will be that."
Speaking generally about the NFL's off-field problems, the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year expressed concern about the situation.
"I'm very aware of all of the issues, whether it's the league, the players or whatever," Lewis said. "There's so much we don't know and you don't want to speculate."