Somewhere along the line, we as a nation apparently chose to forgive/forget the fact that Ray Lewis was involved in a murder at a Super Bowl party in 2000. That Lewis and his friends got into a fight with another group, and two people in that other group were stabbed to death. That Lewis lied to cops the next morning, and hid or destroyed his bloodstained white suit. That Lewis pleaded down from murder charges in exchange for testifying against his friends, and later reached out-of-court monetary settlements with the families of the victims.
That's fine. This is America, and Lewis has paid his debt to society (one year of probation). We forgive a lot of things. We want Tiger Woods to be great again. Even after the "unpleasantness" in Colorado, Kobe Bryant is as loved (read: respected and feared) as ever. And Ray Lewis, his slate wiped clean by a Hall of Fame career, is moving on to a second act as an august member of the football fraternity, joining ESPN as an analyst on Monday Night Countdown.