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ESPN Comfortable With History Of Ray Lewis

Feb 20, 2013 4:50 PM EST

Ray Lewis has been hired by ESPN as a commentator, which has been controversial given his history of being charged with murder and later pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

ESPN President John Skipper said he is comfortable with Lewis joining the company.

“We had an opportunity last fall to get Ray and we debated internally some of the history,” Skipper told Richard Deitsch of SI.com. “Obviously, we decided we were comfortable with it. We must have because we did it. I will tell you we did remind ourselves of some of the issues. We sort of decided that the NFL welcomed him back into the fold and the fans welcomed him back into the fold. I think we are fine with second chances and we think he will make great television. Ultimately, we were comfortable with it.”

Via Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk