Crime History, Jan. 31, 2001: Two men killed in fight with Ravens’ Ray Lewis at Super Bowl celebration

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

On this day, Jan. 31, in 2000, following a Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta, two people were fatally stabbed in a fight between Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis and his friends and another group of people.

Lewis, then 24, was one of three men charged with murder in the deaths of Jacinth Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24.

The charge against Lewis was dropped during the trial, with Lewis pleading guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice in exchange for testifying against his co-defendants. But the other men were acquitted.

The NFL fined him $250,000 before the start of the 2000 season. Lewis then led the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl XXXV title Jan. 28, 2001.

Lewis retired last year after leading the Ravens to the Super Bowl XLVII. He is now a NFL football analysis for ESPN.

— Scott McCabe


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