When it comes to discussing the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has a unique perspective. But that doesn't mean he's going to share it.
Lewis, who retired from the NFL after winning his second Super Bowl last season, was indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges back along with two acquaintances in connection with a double murder in 2000. The murder charges against Lewis were dropped in exchange for his testimony against his two acquaintances and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $250,000 by the NFL.
Hernandez is facing a similar situation after being charged with murder last month and is likely hoping for a similar outcome. Lewis is set to join ESPN in September as a studio analyst. While he's one of the few people that can shed light on the Hernandez case based on personal experience, Lewis told Richard Deitsch of TheMMQB.com that he will be cautious when addressing the topic.
“It would only be to give a brief explanation on what you know,” Lewis told Deitsch. “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.”
Of course, Lewis won't be shy about sharing his football insight and thinks the "sky is the limit" for him as an analyst.
“A lot of people have only been introduced to my football mentality—and it is hard to get people to understand the football mentality unless you’ve lived it,” Lewis said. “I think I am totally different when I’m not thinking about battle, and I’m going to try to be the best at this."
So while Lewis has a distinct outlook on various relevant topics in today's NFL, he's going to be selective about what he shares with the public.