NEW YORK (AP) -- Ray Lewis has suffered enough, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Wednesday in explaining why he did not suspend the All-Pro linebacker who pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in a murder case.
''It's the courts who have the primary responsibility in this case,'' Tagliabue said. ''We're not a substitute for the courts.''
Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice in a deal with Atlanta prosecutors, who dropped murder charges against the Baltimore Ravens' star.
Lewis and his lawyers met with Tagliabue on July 10 to discuss the situation.
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