Ray Lewis: I Couldn’t Have Killed Anyone, Because I Was Dressed Up & Looking Good
WHERE THA FUCK IS THE MINK COAT, RAY??? Where did it go? How did it disappear? How sway? Ray did not answer that question in his new book “I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game and Glory”, but he did finally talk about that night in 2000.
“All that jewelry, plus my mink coat, I must have been wearing about a quarter-million dollars, but those were heady times, man,” he writes.
“Remember, I was dressed out, had my jewelry on, my fine mink coat. I wasn’t about to start mixing it up looking like that. That’s the general rule of thumb when you’re doing the town and looking good. The nicer you’re dressed, the less inclined you are to get in a fight — that is, if you’re even inclined in that way to begin with.”
According to Lewis when dudes started to cause trouble, he immediately got all his people and people he didn’t know in the limo. That is when one of his friends, Reginald Oakley was hit in the head with a champagne bottle and started bleeding all over the place. Oakley was charged in the homicides, but was acquitted.
At that moment shots were fired, the limo was hit, but no one was hurt and the entourage all went back to the hotel. Lewis says he didn’t know anyone was hurt until he saw on TV two men were stabbed.
He recalls shots being fired at their vehicle, one blowing out a tire. He says they had the car towed and returned to the hotel where, restless and agitated, he turned on the television and first learned that two men had been stabbed and that police were looking for the vehicle in which he was riding.
He says he never thought to call police after the shots because no one in his group had been hurt. As he walked through the lobby and back to his hotel room, he caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror.
“There I was, all dressed out in my mink coat, my fine suit. Dude dresses like that, he’s not looking for a fight. How I was dressed, it made no sense with what went down, those shots being fired, all of that. Forget what kind of statement my clothes might have made. Forget that I might have been a little loud, over the top. Point is, when you’re dressed like that, you’re off to the sidelines, and here were these gangbangers stepping out to us from the shadows, looking to make trouble — but it was trouble we drove right past.”
“I didn’t need faith to tell me that I was innocent, only that justice would be served,” he says. He says he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice because he had to, and that he settled with the victims’ families in a civil suit because he “answered the way God laid it on my heart.”
“I could not bring those two young men back. I had no hand in their deaths, I could not ease the suffering of those families. But I had so many blessings in my life, I told myself I could use some of those blessings for those good people. They were hurting. I was hurting. It was not an admission of guilt — it was an expression of love, of sympathy. I gave because I had it to give. I knew that money would never bring back what the families wanted most. But they asked for it so I gave.”