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Video: Ray Lewis and Justin Forsett speak out over Baltimore Riots

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Last night a number of Baltimore neighborhoods bore witness to riots and unrest that began after the funeral of Freddie Grey - a 25-year-old native of the city who died whilst in policy custody.

Speaking out

Today, as the fallout from the violent scenes continues, one of the city's favorite sons, Ravens legend Ray Lewis, has spoken out about the disturbances.

Lewis was joined by current Ravens star Justin Forsett - the running back too taking to social media to spread a message of peace.

For many onlookers Ray Lewis remains a controversial figure and retorts on the internet to his plea to look for answers outside of violence drew a predictable response from some.

Forsett meanwhile urged for religious intervention to stop the violence that involved looting as well as confrontations between protesters and police officers.

The unrest, according to official statistics on Tuesday morning, led to 202 arrests, 15 injuries to police officers and 19 structural fires.

The message of peace from both Lewis and Forsett echoes the sentiment of Freddie Grey's family. Grey's death on April 19 - one week after being taken into a police vehicle amidst accusations of police brutality - has been seen as the catalyst for the uprising, but his family have called the chaos that has ensued over the past 24 hours "a distraction."

"The one thing they wanted was some peace and some calm on the day that he was actually buried, and (they) asked the community to do that," a family lawyer explained.

"And the community didn't honor their wishes. And, in that way, they dishonored Freddie's legacy."

Sporting response

The comments from two members of the Baltimore Ravens fraternity are not the only messages to come out of the city's sporting community today.

The Baltimore Orioles, the city's MLB franchise, opted to postpone their game scheduled for Monday night against the Chicago White Sox. Orioles team executive Peter Angelos took the step of sending out an extensive message of his own via social media.

The message, which can be read in full via this link, took a different tone to that of Ray Lewis and Justin Forsett, with Angelos defending the actions as an attempt to combat ongoing economic turmoil and a lack of protection of civil liberties.

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