WATCH: Ray Lewis Makes Comments About Ray Rice Domestic Abuse Situation

Stephen Dunn / Getty Images North America Ray Lewis weighed in on the Ray Rice controversy and spoke about his former team.
Stephen Dunn / Getty Images North America
Ray Lewis weighed in on the Ray Rice controversy and spoke about his former team.

Former Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis spoke on air at length Sunday about the domestic-violence controversy surrounding his friend and ex-teammate Ray Rice, defending the team while adding the uncomfortable remark that, “There’s some things you can cover up, and then there’s some things you can’t.”

Speaking on ESPN’s “NFL Countdown” show, Lewis offered an emotionally charged defense of the Ravens organization and its leaders:

“It’s family. I’ve spent 17 years of my career at this one place. I’ve known [Ravens general manager] Ozzie Newsome now over 19 years of my career … that’s half of my life. I’ve known [team owner] Steve Bisciotti for 15 years of my life. And each of those men, bottom line, has never lied to me once. They have given me an opportunity at life. … If they could do this all over again, they would.”

Referring to Rice, Lewis said: “We’re here because we saw a friend of mine brutally hit his wife in the face in an elevator. There’s some things you can cover up, and then there’s some things you can’t.”

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SOURCE: FOX Sports