Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 11/19/14

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.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate during presser

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

Bill Belichick gives understated scouting report of Tom Brady

WATCH: Jimmy Butler throws down half-court alley-oop

President Obama zings Patriots over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's Player Of The Year candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots-Seahawks

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

Foster says UT boosters paid him $40-50K while in college

Ranking the repeat Super Bowl champions

Eric Decker to Sherman: Time your conception a little better

Could Katy Perry and Russell Wilson be dating?

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

LeBron and the Cavs are ready to make a run

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.