Thirteen years ago, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis faced double murder charges in Atlanta. Eventually, he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, with an agreement to testify against other defendants. No one was convicted of the killings.
While Lewis avoided the far more serious crime, the NFL still fined Lewis $250,000 for his role in, as prosecutors have described such cases, kicking dirt in the eyes of the authorities. If that’s the only charge prosecutors in Boston ever are able to pin on Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, either by guilty plea or through the introduction of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, Hernandez can count on an even stiffer sanction from the league office than the Lewis penalty.
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