*We can only imagine what Ray Lewis‘ mind is tripping on today as reports circulate that a petition to remove his statue from Ravens Stadium is gathering steam.
As we said earlier in our story about Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller losing his gig as a spokesperson for a Denver car dealership, sometimes, when you stand for something, you lose something.
In any event, it must be really, really ironic after warning Colin Kaepernick to keep quiet about social activism earlier this year, Lewis, former Ravens great knelt during the playing of the national anthem Sunday with current members of the team.
Lewis said Tuesday his decision to kneel on both knees was to “simply honor God in the midst of chaos.” Uh oh, as far as some white folks (and Trump followers) are concerned, he may as well have peed on the flag. The bottom line is that he was criticized for the anthem demonstration by both Kaepernick supporters and those who believe Lewis and the Ravens were disrespecting the flag.
Unfortunately, the latter launched a petition Sunday to remove Lewis’ statue from M&T Bank Stadium, saying on Change.org that kneeling during the anthem is “disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting.”
The petition addressed to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has received more than 25,000 signatures as of Tuesday night.
“I took two knees because I have a first amendment right just like everybody else. And when I came out of that locker room, I had choice to make,” Lewis told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore.
“And look at my fellow players and I looked at these young guys. I’m not in the protesting business, I’m not into this, whatever (Donald) Trump wanna say. I’m not into that mess, but if these young boys doing what they doing, then I got to meet them where they are.”
Of course it was the orange a-hole in the White House that created the situation by saying any player who kneels during the national anthem a “son of a bitch” and calling for owners to “fire” those players.
NFL teams responded with a massive display of solidarity Sunday and Monday as players, coaches and owners all locked arms during the anthem to relay a message to Trump that they will not be divided.
“I’m not in the league anymore, so the Trump comments don’t bother me, but they’re so out of order,” said Lewis, a 13-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl MVP who played his entire career with the Ravens.
“You’re just talking about kids, you’re talking about the kids who got mothers, mothers who sacrificed everything and families who sacrificed everything, and now you don’t give us no platform to say nothing on — it just baffles me that he would come out and say something like that.”
Well dang, we could be wrong, but it looks like Ray Lewis, of all people, has come around to seeing and believing in the reality that he wouldn’t previously accept from Colin Kaepernick.
If that’s the case, looks like we need to thank Mr. Orange A-hole.