Why is Ray Lewis winning the media popularity contest?

On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, securing a spot in the Super Bowl. The Ravens have been getting their fair share of media attention lately thanks to star linebacker Ray Lewis who announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this year. Following Sunday's game however, he received attention that wasn't quite as welcoming.

And rightfully so…

Thirteen years ago, two friends were murdered in downtown Atlanta after the Super Bowl in a case that remains "unsolved". The involved parties however, are public knowledge.

Ray Lewis pleaded guilty in relation to the case for obstruction of justice — a misdemeanor. He was originally charged with two counts of murder before striking a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against two of his companions that night.

USA Today reports:

Lewis never directly linked his two friends to the killings, and they were acquitted. Lewis had testified that Oakley, Sweeting and another man had gone to a sporting goods store the previous day to buy knives. Baker's blood later was found in Lewis' limo. Having fled the crime scene, Lewis told the limo's passengers to "keep their mouths shut." The white suit Lewis was wearing that night — on Super Bowl Sunday — never was found.

"I'm not trying to end my career like this," Lewis said in his hotel that night, according to the testimony of a female passenger in the limo.

He didn't. For his punishment, Lewis received one year of probation and a $250,000 fine by the NFL.

Lewis declined to comment when asked about the subject Thursday by USA TODAY Sports. Messages left for agents and attorneys representing him were not returned. Oakley, recently living in Atlanta, didn't return messages seeking comment. A relative of Sweeting, living in Miami, hung up when reached by USA TODAY Sports. And the prosecutor, Paul Howard, declined a request to be interviewed.

Said Lewis: "You want to talk to me about something that happened 13 years ago right now?"

Lewis was more circumspect about the incident in a 2010 interview with The Baltimore Sun. "I'm telling you, no day leaves this Earth without me asking God to ease the pain of anybody who was affected by that whole ordeal." he said. "He's a God who tests people — not that he put me in that situation, because he didn't make me go nowhere. I put myself in that situation."

In those 13 years, Lewis has not only rehabilitated his image but become an iconic figure for his dominating play and leadership. His 17-year career is likely to be immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, about 20 miles south of Akron, where Lollar and Baker are buried near their families.

Given Lewis's history, many weren't surprised to see Anna Welker, wife of Patriot's wide receiver, take to social media to give a few thoughts about the praise Ray Lewis was receiving after beating her husband's team.

Her statement read:

"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!"

Many were glad to see someone in the public eye shining perspective on the praise Lewis is receiving from outlets like ESPN who are placing this man on a pedestal simply to boost ratings. Unfortunately, Welker has since apologized for her statements.

This morning on radio, Glenn looked a little deeper into this story. He wanted to know why we keep holding people like Lewis, Armstrong, and Tiger Woods as heroes to begin with.

Tiger, who cheated on his wife a countless number of times with a countless number of women, has been pretty much forgiven for his actions by the American people.

"I saw him doing Nike commercials again," Glenn said this morning. "I guess we're over the "Tiger Woods" thing."

"He hasn't had any issues since," Stu responded.

"We always thought he was sneaky-clean," Glenn shot back, making the point that we didn't suspect him in the first place, so we shouldn't assume that.

Stu agreed, and pointed out that while Tiger may be "forgiven" he certainly isn't seeing the love from fans or the media that he used to.

"No one is praising Tiger Woods like he is the most miraculous man in the world," he said. "They are doing that to Ray Lewis."

And while Lewis does seem to have had a real change of heart, he plead guilty to obstruction of justice in a murder trial. While adultery is no joke, it's not murder.

Stu also noted that Lewis seems to be on a very religious path in his redemption — he talks about God all of the time — much more than Tim Tebow does. And, ironically, no one seems to have a problem with the Jesus-talk when it comes from formerly accused murderer Ray Lewis.

Stu also pointed out, Tony Gonzalez, another all-time great NFL player who is retiring this year was competing in the playoffs and didn't receive nearly the amount of attention Lewis did. Gonzalez has, as far as we know, a clean background.

"I mean, we destroy the people who seem to deserve our praise and we do the exact opposite to those who're questionable," Stu said nailing the root of the problem on the head.

"You know, it's a popularity contest," Glenn said. "I know Ray Lewis. I don't know the other guy that's retiring — I don't know his name. So, if I'm in the media, and I'm trying to attract eyeballs, I'm talking about Ray Lewis.  Who's the other guy? We're looking for the quick fix and the awards that people get are to sell tickets to something. It's just a popularity contest.  Nothing is really real anymore. That's the problem.  We have to root ourselves back in reality and truth."

Glenn Beck has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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