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Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker’s wife for murder comments

This is Ray Lewis’s “no hard, no foul” face. (Stacy Revere / Getty Images)

Ray Lewis was in a jovial mood when he spoke with the media after the Baltimore Ravens arrived in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.

He confessed that he laughed until he cried at Kenan Thompson’s impression of him on “Saturday Night Live.” (Who didn’t?)

And he has accepted the apology of Anna Burns Welker, wife of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, for unfortunate Facebook remarks she made about Lewis after the Ravens beat the Pats in the AFC championship game Jan. 20.

“I’ve always been a firm believer of the Good Book, and the Good Book always confirms, even a fool is counted wise until he opens he or she mouth,” Lewis said. “And sometimes people just say silly stuff. And they say it out of emotion. And sometimes you need to let the game take care of the game. We lost up there last year, and I didn’t hear one teammate say anything about nobody there because we have respect for that team, that they won it fair and square. So for her to come out and say what she said, listen, I truly forgive her, and I have no hard feelings against her at all, but I believe people just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes.”

At least we think he’s saying he accepted her apology.

Burns Welker quickly deleted the Facebook entry and apologized to Lewis, but the internet is forever, so here’s what she said: “Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay! What a hall of fame player! A true role model!”

Judging by a recent study, Burns Welker wasn’t alone in remembering Lewis’s past. Fizziology, a social media analysis company, found that Lewis was mentioned more than 63,000 times on Twitter during the week of Jan. 21-27. Eighteen percent of the comments and about half of those referred to his alleged involvement in a double murder in 2000 (via Mashable).

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.


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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · January 29, 2013