As a human being, well, the jury is out on that. Or more specifically, the jury was never really in because he copped a plea.
I'm referring, of course, to the murders of two men 13 years ago, murders in which Lewis was not only implicated, but actually charged. The charges were dropped - he eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice - but a lot of people still have lingering questions, not the least of whom are the victims' relatives.
A huge percentage of the voracious media that will converge for the Baltimore-San Francisco showdown in Super Bowl XLVII Feb. 3 in New Orleans will give Lewis the star treatment and virtually ignore the scandal.
Others will bring it up and get their share of vitriol from Lewis and Ravens' fans.
Those fans will say, why are you dredging up that old story now, in his moment of glory? Why can't you let the man retire in peace, as the superstar he is?
I'm not saying Lewis should be hounded by these questions, but at the same time, it's something to be considered when Lewis' overall legacy is being considered. I have some definite thoughts on that.
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