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Ray Lewis initially was held without bail, too

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Earlier today, we pointed out a stark contrast between the way the Patriots handled tight end Aaron Hernandez and the way the Ravens handled linebacker Ray Lewis back in 2000. The Pats summarily dumped Hernandez; the Ravens rallied around and defended Ray.

But the court system initially treated both of them the same way.

Lewis, like Hernandez, was charged with murder. Lewis, like Hernandez, initially was held without bail after being charged with murder. Two weeks later, Lewis was released on $1 million bond.

Hernandez’s next chance to persuade a judge to let him go home pending trial comes on July 24, when the parties reconvene for a probable cause hearing. At that point, the prosecutors will lay even more cards on the table, which could make the presiding judge even more convinced that the strength of the case requires Hernandez to remain behind bars.

Lewis eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. In light of the facts presented by prosecutor Bill McCauley in court on Wednesday, that’s probably not an option for Hernandez.

UPDATE 8:40 a.m. ET: Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Hernandez will appeal the decision to hold him without bail. A hearing is expected this week, as soon as Thursday.