Police charged Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis with murder late Monday in the slayings of two people outside an Atlanta nightclub hours after the Super Bowl ended.
Lewis, a middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, was charged after a day of investigation into the slaying at the Cobalt lounge in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood about 4 a.m. Monday.
Lewis said earlier Monday night that investigators had cleared him in the stabbing deaths of Jacinta Baker and Richard Lollar.
Officers and detectives said Lewis was inside the black stretch limousine that roared away from the spot where the people were killed.
Baker, 21 and Lollar, 24, were stabbed several times as they fought with a handful of men who were passengers in a limo with Maryland plates, police said.
Lewis, who played at the University of Miami, was allowed to fly to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, NFL officials said earlier in the day.
SUPER BOWL RATINGS: Overnight ratings for Sunday's Super Bowl show that about 43.5-million homes in the country's 47 largest TV markets watched the Rams seal a 23-16 win on the final play, Nielsen Media Research reported.
The 43.2 rating for the game, televised on ABC, was 7 percent higher than last year's figure. Denver's 34-19 win over Atlanta, telecast on Fox, garnered a 40.2 rating. Though an estimated 127.5-million people watched that game, it ended up being the lowest-rated Super Bowl in a decade.
Sunday's game was the 19th-highest rated of the 34 Super Bowls.
The ratings figure for this year also translates into 62 percent of homes with their TVs on during the game being tuned to the Rams and Titans, up 1 point from last year.
St. Louis and Nashville are among the markets counted in the overnight ratings. St. Louis is No. 21, Nashville No. 30.