Anna Burns Welker, wife of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, took to her Facebook page after last night’s AFC Championship Game to take shots at Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis.
In the recently removed post, Welker stated: “Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!”
Big Lead Sports first reported about the post earlier today.
The Facebook remarks refer to a 2000 incident in which Ray Lewis was originally charged with two counts of murder after an altercation he was involved in left two dead in Atlanta following Super Bowl XXXIV.
The victims in the incident, Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker, both Ohio natives in their early twenties, were in town that weekend for the championship game between the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. Both young men were stabbed and bled to death following a run-in with Lewis’ entourage.
Murder charges were eventually dropped against the linebacker, and he plead guilty to obstruction of justice. He received one year of probation and was fined $250,000 by the NFL.
Ana Welker’s comments come a year after supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the wife of her husband’s teammate Tom Brady, made headlines following the Patriots’ loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
Bundchen was caught on tape after the game blaming New England receivers for the loss.
“My husband can not f**king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time,” she said. “I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
The Baltimore Ravens win sends them to this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans on February 3rd.
The Raven victory also gives Ray Lewis one more time to put on his #52 jersey before hanging it up for good. After 17 seasons with Baltimore, Lewis, 37, announced earlier this season that he was retiring from professional football at the conclusion of the season.
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