Ray Lewis’ mother defends him after a petition to remove his statue surfaces


BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- Prayer, not protest. That’s what the mother of Ravens legend Ray Lewis said her son was doing during the National Anthem before last week’s kick-off in London.

Lewis’ mother and others gathered around the Ray Lewis statue Saturday to defend the former linebacker after an online petition calling for its removal from outside M&T Bank Stadium.

“He was in prayer,” said Lewis’ mother. “This man texted his mother and said, ‘Mama, I did it. I prayed. This country is in trouble.’”

Last Sunday a number of NFL players opted to take a knee during the National Anthem following comments from President Trump. That decision has been met with some support, as well as backlash from fans.

Last week Fox 45 interviewed a man who started an online petition demanding the statue be taken down. The petition gained more than 72,000 electronic signatures as of Saturday evening.

The petition has also been met with several counter petitions online.

Lewis also defended his actions on Showtime.

"I do too much with the military,” said Lewis. “I do too much for cops. I do too much meeting with high level officials trying to fix the problems in these neighborhoods."

On Saturday founders of some local community organizations joined Lewis’ mother outside the statue, echoing that Lewis has done much for the community.

‘Ray has done so much for Baltimore City,” said Judy Dixion, a family friend. “He’s earned that.”

“Ray showed bravery and showed the country what we should be focused on together- praying,” said Jack Brewer, founder of Jack Brewer Foundation.

“I’m telling the world, you’ll misjudged my son for being on his knees, ” said Lewis’ mother.

The Ravens will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday.

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