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Ray Lewis on Anna Welker's Facebook rant: 'I truly forgive her'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 29, 2013 08:35 AM

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You can sleep easy tonight, Patriots Nation, because Ray Lewis forgives Anna Welker for her Facebook rant that criticized the personal life of the Ravens "Last Ride" linebacker.

“I've always been a firm believer of the Good Book," Lewis said Monday upon arrival in New Orleans, where his team is preparing to face the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. "The Good Book always confirms even a fool is counted wise until he opens he or she mouth... I truly forgive her. I don’t have no hard feelings against her at all, but I believe people make mistakes and say foolish things.”

Anna Welker, wife of Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, took some shots at the 17-year NFL veteran on her personal Facebook page after the Ravens defeated the Patriots 28-13 in the AFC championship game:

"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!"

Lewis was charged with murder in 2000 along with two associates in the death of two men following Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta. The charge was eventually dismissed with the Ravens star pleading down to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

Welker apologized for the posting hours after it went public:

"I'm deeply sorry for my recent post on Facebook. I let the competitiveness of the game and the comments people were making about a team I dearly love get the best of me. My actions were emotional and irrational and I sincerely apologize to Ray Lewis and anyone affected by my comment after yesterday's game.

"It is such an accomplishment for any team to make it to the NFL playoffs, and the momentary frustration I felt should not overshadow the accomplishments of both of these amazing teams."

After Welker's posting made headlines, Linda Hogan, the ex-wife of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, told TMZ that it was “way uncool” for the wife of the Patriots receiver to diss Lewis. “In a public situation, [athletes’ wives] don’t really have a place to make an opinion.”

This isn't the first time a Patriots player's wife got involved in a public scrum. During a moment of frustration after Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis last year, Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen was caught on video telling New York Giants fans her husband could not throw and catch the ball at the same time, making reference to a critical incompletion on a Brady-Welker pass play.

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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