Ray Lewis under the microscope: Steroid accusations, murder charges openly discussed

Ray Lewis is under the microscope this week.

In the week prior to the Super Bowl, nearly every player involved in the big game is under the microscope. 

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has been the NFL’s marquee player in this year’s playoffs as his inspirational ride back to the top of the AFC has grabbed a ton of headlines. Here’s just some of the backlash Lewis has had to deal with:

- Tuesday, Lewis had to deny using performance enhancing drugs. According to Sports Illustrated, Lewis tried to obtain deer-antler velvet extract in order to return quickly from a torn triceps. Lewis missed the second half of the 2012 regular season due to the injury and made his comeback in the Ravens wild card round win over Indianapolis on Jan. 6. Deer-antler spray, which contains IGF-1, is on the NFL’s banned substance list.

“Just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week,” Lewis reportedly said to Mitch Ross, owner of S.W.A.T.S. (Sports with Alternatives to Steroids), on the phone just hours after his injury on Oct. 14.

- After the AFC Championship game, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker’s girlfriend, Anna Burns Welker, took to Facebook to discuss Lewis’ 2000 murder charge. She soon after apologized and Lewis accepted the apology this week.

- Lewis’ son, Ray Lewis III, was involved in a back-and-forth on Twitter also after the AFC Championship game when @TyKingman4 tweeted to him:

“@RayRayLewis5 how does it feel to have a dad who killed someone

Lewis III, who will be a freshman football player at Miami this fall, tweeted back:

“@TyKingman4 I feel like a boss


MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…


U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…


Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…


Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…


Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.


Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm


Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.


Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."


Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.


Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.


Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…


Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…