As the Aaron Hernandez situation has unfolded, many people have compared it to the situation that Ray Lewis faced. Thirteen years ago Lewis plead guilty to obstruction of justice after initially being charged in a double murder.
So as he steps into the ESPN broadcast booth he’ll be asked to address the Aaron Hernandez situation.
“What you are comfortable with is what you know,” Lewis told Richard Deitsch of SI.com. “If you don’t know something, don’t speak about it. Bad rumors and bad messages get out when people identify with something they have no clue about. You can only speak from true experience. If a kid is not doing the right freaking things off the field, that is very simple: He needs to figure it out. He needs to get around the right crowd. He needs to have more balance. Those things are very simple, I think, to be comfortable talking about.”
Deitsch asked if Lews should be a part of any studio conversation on the Hernandez situation.
“It would only be to give a brief explanation on what you know,” Lewis said. “Because if you are talking about getting into the case — what happened, how it happened — that’s the judge’s job, that’s the police’s job. Having gone through the things I have been through, what I learned from that is everybody has something they want to say, and 80 percent of them are illiterate.
“You have to be careful with it. You can’t speak about something you do not know. Give your opinion, and keep it moving from there.”