Ray Lewis is in the news once again and, yes, hes got Colin Kaepernicks name all up in his mouth. While appearing on Inside the NFL, Lewis told his fellow hosts that he was fighting for Kaepernick to become a part of the Baltimore Ravens franchise.
In the past, Lewis has been on Twitter on several occasions seemingly bashing the intentions of Kaepernicks protest.
According to Lewis, he was the bug in Ravens owner Steve Bisciottis ear. If Lewis words are to be taken for face value, it was a Tweet sent by Colins girlfriend that signified the death nail for any deal that would have brought the unemployed quarterback to Baltimore.
“When me and Steve Bisciotti were talking, this is what we were talking about, Lewis said on Inside The NFL. We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League. Look, this is what I wanted to share with people. I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has … I’ve never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he’s done it.
“Then, his girl [Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend] goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesn’t know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed. Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?”
So, what Ray Lewis is telling us is, the Baltimore Ravens were in the midst of overlooking Kaepernicks protest action against police brutality and societal inequities last season, but are so emotionally fragile that they declined to bring him in due to his girlfriend’s Tweet?
The fact that Lewis called a Tweet that compared the relationship between him and Bisciotti as a racist gesture makes it apparent to me that he has no idea what racism is.
Ray Lewis’s new role as an Inside The NFL analyst on Showtime saw the former Ravens linebacker immediately inserting himself into the story as he unraveled a bizarre and preposterous story that blamed a tweet by Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, for the former 49ers quarterback still being unemployed by an NFL team.
Racism is not an insult or name-calling, racism is a system of oppression. When people say such things, its clear that they are ill-equipped to speak on race. And now matter how legendary they were on the football field, speaking about race relations as viewed through the NFL lens requires a little bit more of a nuanced understanding.
When they called me, it was to say, Yes or no? … We were going to close the deal to sign him… Steve Bisciotti said, I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football. … And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day.
Inside the NFL co-host Phil Simms seemed to be the most skeptical of the in-studio analysts. When he questioned the validity of Lewis’ story, he asked the former Ravens great why no one had heard this story before. To which Lewis responded, Because everyone wanted to tell their own story.