Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is a civic icon in Baltimore, and perhaps his fiery voice is the one that help restore order. The city erupted with riots Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who suffered a spinal injury while in police custody and later died.
Lewis went on social media Tuesday to plea and demand for the violence to end while also acknowledging that there is a deeper issue at hand.
"Kids, go home," Lewis says in an emotional Facebook video. "Stay home. You don't have no right to do what you're doing to this city. Too many hard-working people built this city. We put this city together. We put this city on our back. We're with you. We know what's going on. We know the problems. We know there was wrong done. ... But rioting in the streets is wrong. It's dead wrong."
I've got a message for the rioters in Baltimore. #BaltimoreRiots
Posted by Ray Lewis on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) April 28, 2015