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Lewis says he has learned hard lesson

BALTIMORE, June 3 (UPI) -- Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis, just released from a Florida prison, said Friday he had learned his lesson and hoped to resume his football career.

Lewis was sentenced to four months for using a cell phone to help set up a would-be drug deal that wound up being a government sting. He still must serve two more months in a halfway house and then perform 500 hours of community service.

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"I can't wait to get back to the football field and put this whole thing behind me and move forward," Lewis said. "I missed my freedom and being around my family and friends.

"The lesson learned is just pick your friends wisely and watch who you associate with. My name might have been tarnished a little. It is what it is. I have to put this behind me and move on with my life. I can't worry about my reputation. I am who I am.

"It was a hard lesson to learn."

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