Ray Lewis on Ray Rice: 'Some things you can cover up ... some things you can't'
Former Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis spoke on air at length Sunday about the domestic-violence controversy surrounding his friend and ex-teammate Ray Rice, defending the team while adding the uncomfortable remark that, "There's some things you can cover up, and then there's some things you can't."
Speaking on ESPN's "NFL Countdown" show, Lewis offered an emotionally charged defense of the Ravens organization and its leaders:
Referring to Rice, Lewis said: "We're here because we saw a friend of mine brutally hit his wife in the face in an elevator. There's some things you can cover up, and then there's some things you can't."
Lewis went on to add that it was "a sad day for me" because of "the reputation that I left in this organization."
Lewis, of course, had his own infamous legal issues 14 years ago, when he faced charges of murder in the deaths of two other men in an altercation after a party.