The site of Ray Lewis — who was arrested in 2000 in connection with a double homicide — talking about Ray Rice’s domestic violence case on ESPN has been awkward from day one.
But Lewis’ comments Sunday on Sunday NFL Countdown took his bizarre TV career to a new level.
Lewis, who pleaded guilty in 2000 to obstruction of justice in exchange for a murder charge being dropped, said of the Rice situation: “It’s some things you can cover up, and some things you can’t.”
Lewis was addressing an ESPN Outside the Lines report that Ravens management engaged in “purposeful misdirection” after learning of Rice’s arrest in February.
ESPN tweeted out a longer video clip that you can watch here:
An emotional Ray Lewis addresses allegations that Ravens executives misdirected the Ray Rice investigation. WATCH: http://t.co/xvTt6OpWoz
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 21, 2014
That the comments were dripping with irony didn’t seem to occur to the former All Pro, who mentored Rice when the two were teammates in Baltimore.
Lewis’ name was trending on Twitter shortly after making the comments, with no shortage of people chiming on the eery video clip.
I just think it is odd that Ray Lewis is talking about covering up crimes on an NFL pre game show. Does anyone else?
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) September 21, 2014
Ray Lewis really doesnt have the right to talk about the Ray Rice situation. Remember when he killed that guy?
— Andrew Sadlers (@asadlers) September 21, 2014
Would love to be in the room if/when a producer explains to Ray Lewis he should avoid saying things like that.
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) September 21, 2014