10 SuperStar Athletes Involved in Major Scandals
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Ray Lewis played for the Ravens for his entire 17-year career in the NFL. He is regarded as one of the greatest to ever play middle linebacker, and perhaps the greatest Baltimore Ravens player of all time. However, Lewis was also involved in a high-profile murder trial. Following Super Bowl XXXIV, Lewis attended a party in Atlanta on Jan. 31, 2000. A fight broke out and ended with the death of two people. The suit Lewis wore the night of the killings has never been found. Lewis was indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges. Two weeks into the trial, Lewis negotiated a plea deal and the murder charges were dropped. He was given a misdemeanor charge, 12 months probation, and he was fined $250,000 by the NFL, the highest fine ever against an NFL player for a charge not involving drugs. Astoundingly, he was able to carry on his legacy and reputation as a leader.

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