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Ravens’ Ray Lewis Faces Charges

December 6, 1999

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis was accused of punching a woman in a bar and then leaving the scene, Baltimore County police said Monday.

Lewis, a fourth-year middle linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens, was served a criminal summons Monday in response to a complaint by Katrice Sherree Parker.

According to the police report, Lewis and Parker, both 24, became involved in a dispute shortly before 1 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Windsor Mill Inn. Parker then called police and ultimately filed a complaint in District Court.

Lewis has not been formally charged with a crime.

He was not available for comment Monday and his agent, Roosevelt Barnes, did not return phone calls.

Lewis has played in two Pro Bowls. He has led the Ravens in tackles in each of his four seasons and currently leads the NFL with 128.

Baltimore coach Brian Billick said Monday that he will start Lewis in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

``It’s not my position here to make excuses for Ray. If due process plays itself out, as it rightfully should, what happened will become fairly clear and we will be able to move through it quickly,″ Billick said. ``Until someone says this is definitively what happened, the league nor we will take any action against the player.″

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