Ravens fans react to controversial tweet from Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A controversial tweet posted by the girlfriend of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is sparking plenty of reaction from Baltimore Ravens fans as the team considers whether to sign the polarizing player.
The Ravens are looking for a backup quarterback who could fill in for Joe Flacco, who has suffered back problems during training camp.
Kaepernick was severely criticized last year for kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games in protest of police brutality.
Kaepernick opted out of the final year of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and is now a free agent.
Nessa Diab, Caepernick's girlfriend, posted two photos on her Twitter page without comments.
One photo shows actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred as a slave owner in the movie "Django Unchained," hugging Samuel L. Jackson, who played a slave.
The other photo showed former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis embracing Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.
Diab's post is apparently a reaction to Lewis' criticism of Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem.
Lewis recently posted a message to Kaepernick on social media in which he said: "The battles you're fighting, brother, people way before us been fighting these for many, many, many years...If you do nothing else, young man, take back on the football field and let your play speak for itself."
Doug Eldridge, a sports agent based in the Washington, D.C. area, says the photos posted by Kaepernick's girlfriend will not benefit anyone.
"Colin's message is overshadowing the merit of his position, whether it's the nature of some of his tweets or even the sub-tweeting by his girlfriend this week. I think it enables a distraction and takes the focus away from his message," said Eldridge.
Neither the Baltimore Ravens nor Ray Lewis have commented publicly to the photos posted by Nessa Diab.
The Ravens open their pre-season next Thursday when they host the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.