NFL Fines Lewis Big Time

Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis was fined $250,000 — but not suspended — by the National Football League on Thursday for lying to the Atlanta police about his involvement in an incident that resulted in the stabbing deaths of two men outside an Atlanta nightclub after January’s Super Bowl. The fine is believed to be the largest ever levied against a player (other than those for drug abuse). Football commissioner Paul Tagliabue said that the fine was so stiff because no one should lie to the police. He added that Lewis would be fined another $250,000 if he violated the terms of his 12-month probation that was part of the footballer’s sentence. (In June, a murder charge against Lewis was dropped and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice and interference with the investigation of the death of the two victims in the case.) Tagliabue, defending the NFL’s decision not to suspend Lewis, told reporters that Lewis had already suffered significant harm to his reputation as well as financial injury.

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