Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 1/24/13

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 29: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 and safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens stand on the sidelines during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Reginald Oakley was asked directly if Ray Lewis stabbed two people to death over a decade ago by USA Today and his reply was this. “I can’t answer that.” It should be noted that Oakley who was acquitted in the murder trial is coming out with a book, so it shouldn’t be a surprised he is talking before Ray Lewis plays in the Super Bowl. The story isn’t going away no matter how much Lewis and the Ravens wish it would. Granted, it did happen a long time ago, but there is no statute of limitations of the pain the families of the deceased feel, so if Oakley has legitimate information people should listen. The question is how legitimate is it? Here is what he had to say happened on the night of the murders. “I can tell it like this, not that I owe (Lewis) any type of protection,” Oakley said this week. “What happened, it wasn’t our fault what happened. It happened, but we didn’t instigate none of what happened. We had a great time and were on our way to the limousine to go back to our hotel, and those guys came out, for whatever reason. I think it was to rob (Lewis) because it was a dark alley and they were standing at the alley. I think it was just an opportunity for them to do whatever they had in mind.” Oakley, who did not testify at trial, won’t say who did what but will say he believes Lewis was targeted “because of the way he was dressed” and that it all started when Lewis had a confrontation with the victims, possibly after one of them called Lewis a name. “They exchanged words then, and it just went from there,” Oakley said. “It definitely was self defense because no one was expecting anything like that,” Oakley said. “Everyone was having a great time. We had a great weekend. It was so unexpected and happened so fast.” Asked if Lewis told everything he knew about the case, Oakley said, “I’m sure there are some things he’d rather not talk about. If you were in a situation like that, and you know how the media and public is, you wouldn’t want to talk about it either. It’s a tough situation to be in.” The problem is and always will be no ones knows for sure what happened besides the people who were there and none of their stories match up. There are also problems in Lewis’ versions of events.  The missing white suit, the fact he and friends purchased knives the day before and unexplained blood in his hotel and on his robe. Did Ray Lewis murdered two people?  I find that highly unlikely, does he know more than he let on, that is highly probable.  He got a second chance that many don’t get regardless if they are falsely accused or not and he took advantage of that.   For that he should be commended, but just because he is Ray Lewis, doesn’t mean people won’t wonder what happened that night. Will this book shine some light on the situation or just makes things even more murky? Only time will tell.
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