How exactly do they sound better now?Here's the latest from the Baltimore Sun following today's arraignment. Things actually sound a little better now than they did before.Baltimore Ravens star running back Jamal Lewis entered a not guilty plea and bail was set at $500,000 today in his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.Lewis was freed after posting bond and also was granted permission to travel within the continental United States while awaiting trial -- a condition that would allow him to travel with the Ravens.Additionally, he agreed to have no contact with childhood friend Angelo "Pero" Jackson, who Lewis is accused of trying to help purchase as much as 50 kilograms of cocaine in the summer of 2000 in a deal that turned out to be an FBI sting operation.In court, federal magistrate E. Clayton Scofield III described the charges against Lewis, who was wearing a light gray pinstripe suit, light blue shirt and matching handkerchief.Lewis, 24, is charged with conspiring to possess, with intent to distribute, 5 kilograms of cocaine and using a cell phone in the commission of a drug crime.He was asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Gabay Smith, "Sir, is your name Jamal Lewis?""Yes," Lewis replied.When asked if Lewis understood the charges against him, he also replied, "Yes."Lewis' attorney, Edward T.M. Garland, accompanied him along with three other attorneys.The hearing was in a 17th-floor courtroom of the Richard Russell Federal Building and Courthouse in Atlanta. It had been scheduled for a different courtroom, but was moved to a larger room to accommodate the media."I am innocent, and I thank everyone for their continued support," Lewis said as he stood in the rain after the hearing.Garland added that the same recorded telephone conversation that is being used by federal prosecutors to charge Lewis may instead prove Lewis' innocence. The meaning of the tapes, he said, is open to interpretation.Lewis, the NFL's offensive player of the year, was indicted yesterday on the federal drug charges, which date back nearly four years to his life before pro-football fame -- after the former University of Tennessee player had been drafted by the NFL but before he signed a six-year, $35.3 million contract with the Ravens.No drugs were purchased.But an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta and made public yesterday describes audiotaped conversations about drug weight and price among Lewis, his friend and a confidential FBI source, including a meeting at a restaurant on Atlanta's Peachtree Road, where Lewis arrived driving a black Hummer.Lewis turned himself in to authorities today after traveling from Florida.Garland, the Atlanta defense attorney representing the player, said Lewis did not try to help his childhood friend buy the cocaine. Garland claimed a cocaine buy wasn't discussed during the restaurant conversation among Lewis, Jackson, and the woman who turned out to be a police informant."Jamal Lewis wants everyone to know that he is not guilty, that he has not been involved in drugs," Garland said. "He's extremely disappointed that this is happening."Garland accused the informant of setting up Lewis and "trumping up what happened" in an attempt to get out of jail. He accused authorities of trying to "create a crime where there isn't one."Garland said there would be a trial in the case but it was too early to say whether it could coincide with the NFL season.