*The Maryland Stadium Authority has increased security around the Ray Lewis statue outside M&T Bank Stadium after the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker joined some teammates in kneeling during the national anthem, which spurred an on-line petition to remove the 3-year-old bronze figure.
The petition on change.org has received more than 50,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.
The extra security was moved in Sunday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Stadium Authority told The Baltimore Sun.
As previously reported, Lewis joined 13 Ravens players in kneeling during the anthem before Baltimore’s 44-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. The Ravens players said they were protesting President Trump’s recent comments that NFL owners should fire players who didn’t stand during the anthem.
Lewis later said he was praying.
“I dropped on two knees — both knees — so I can simply honor God in the midst of chaos,” Lewis said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”
Below, Shannon Sharpe responds to Lewis claiming he was “praying” and not “kneeling” during the anthem.