Ray Lewis says Ravens opted out of signing Kaepernick because of his girlfriend's tweet
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- The controversy surrounding free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the Baltimore Ravens is back in the news again thanks to former Raven Ray Lewis.
Lewis claims the Ravens opted not to sign Kaepernick after his girlfriend posted a controversial tweet.
Most of the talk about the Ravens and Kaepernick had died down.
After his comments, it's front and center again with Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh getting asked about it Wednesday and many waiting to hear from the Ravens.
"Then his girl goes out and puts out this racist gesture and doesn't know, she doesn't know we're in the back office about to, about to try to get this guy to sign," Lewis said that while speaking on SHOWTIME'S "INSIDE THE NFL" Tuesday night . He says the Ravens were close to making a deal with Kaepernick before a tweet by Kaepernick's girlfriend seemingly compared Lewis hugging Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to a scene from "Django Unchained."
"The only thing that went bad was that image where she tried to make us racist individuals and that's the sad part about this story," Lewis said.
"Ray's intent, I'm sure, was honorable. He wanted to defend his team," says John Maroon, the CEO of the Columbia, Md.-based public relations firm Maroon PR.
"The downside of it is that now it's a story again. It had died," Maroon says.
Coach John Harbaugh deflected questions Wednesday.
"I'm not even exactly sure what all was said, but I can tell you this. I'm way past that. I haven't even thought about that for weeks. Our focus is and has been Cincinnati."
Fans seem to echo that thought.
"Honestly I feel like it's one of those things where Baltimore just didn't want the backlash where what would happen if he did come to one of our teams, which I don't blame them for that," says Ravens fan Shawn Smith. "If he finds a spot somewhere in the NFL by all means let him do it. Let him play."
"Tweets or whatever, I don't think that has to do with him as an actual player and what he could bring to the team," says Kennesha Wilson.
"If you can play, the NFL will find a place for you," Maroon says. "The reality is, this is a decision, this is a football decision coupled with a business decision."
"It's a combination of skills diminishing at the same time you're becoming a distraction. So that's a bad combo," he adds.
Apart from Harbaugh's answers to questions on the matter, the Ravens have not commented on Lewis' statements.
Their message right now is clear: their focus is on Sunday and the start of the Ravens' 2017 season.
If you want to see all of Ray Lewis' discussion "INSIDE THE NFL" re-airs all week on SHOWTIME.
Hear more of Ray Lewis' comments on Showtime's Inside The NFL at http://www.sho.com/inside-the-nfl