Wes Welker’s wife has added her name to the list of pro spouses who just can’t help themselves. You’d think she would have learned a lesson from Tom Brady’s lady, following last year’s Super Bowl loss. After all, her hubby was one of the direct targets of Gisele’s little tantrum at the elevator:
But alas, Anna Burns Welker could not refrain from weighing in, from saying what many (perhaps most) are thinking. Following the Pats’ loss to Baltimore in the AFC Championship game, Anna posted the following to her Facebook page:
"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!"
She has since deleted the post and issued an apology. Perhaps genuine remorse, perhaps somebody “got to her” and forced her hand, I don’t know. We may never know why she actually backed off, but the reaction of the majority appears to be “Go on girl! Spit the truth!” Then there are those in the “move on, it’s been 13 years and he has found God, turned his life around” camp.
Here’s the thing about it – the treatment of the Ray Lewis story is deeper than I think we want to acknowledge, at least the God part. You can Google up the case in which Lewis was charged and ultimately pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of obstructing justice. It is worth taking a look at as you formulate your opinion on him and his involvement.
So what are we to do once we form that opinion? That’s where it gets interesting. It’s actually a bit of a Christian dilemma. If you’re not a Christian, well, then don’t sweat it. But if you are, you’ve got to at least consider that Ray Lewis is a changed man…saw the light…has been converted. After all, from saints to mere lay people, the Bible highlights the conversion of the worst of the worst, the slimiest of the slimy, the dirtiest of the dirty - Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, the tax collectors, the adulterer at the well, etc. The lessons are two-fold: to demonstrate that nothing is unforgivable with God, and to provide a cautionary tale against judging those who have sinned.
I am irritated as all get out by the in-your-face antics of ol’ Ray Ray. And just because he throws it in our faces and screams “Glory be to God” into every waiting microphone doesn’t mean he owns an eyelash of sincerity in his demonstrations. We don’t have to believe Ray that he has seen the light. There are plenty of shysters out there, playing us all for fools, understanding full well the weight of the sources to which they appeal. We don’t have to believe him. But we have to at least consider that his conversion is genuine.