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Big Brother is Watching
Michael Bamberger
April 15, 1996
If you're an NFL draft prospect, the league's investigators have their eyes on your every move
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April 15, 1996

Big Brother Is Watching

If you're an NFL draft prospect, the league's investigators have their eyes on your every move

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University of Miami linebacker Ray Lewis, a friend of Sapp's who is projected as a first-round pick in next week's draft, worries that the NFL Security dossier on him may include inaccurate and damaging information. In the last 18 months Lewis has twice been investigated in connection with reports of battery, but he has never been arrested or charged.

"I'm going to be wondering about what [the NFL investigators] say I've done," says Lewis. "It's got to be on the mind of anyone who has had any kind of incident in their past. You've got to wonder if that's why they're not taking you. The problem is, you'll never know. Draft day should be the best day of your life, but depending on what they say about you and who believes it, it could be a bad day. It's a frightening feeling, really. And it's real scary that they don't talk to you about it."

Neither Lewis nor any other highly touted player need worry too much: No star player has ever been denied a spot in the NFL because of a background check. Come next week, some team will find Lewis's talents irresistible, no matter what 30 general managers found when they looked through his top-secret security file behind the NFL's closed doors.

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