Ray Lewis:Girlfriend's tweet stopped Kaepernick from being signed by Ravens
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says the Baltimore Ravens decided not to sign Colin Kaepernick after Kaepernick's girlfriend posted a "racist" tweet.
On "Inside the NFL" Tuesday night, Lewis told the hosts, Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti said, "I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football."
Lewis said the Ravens were going to close the deal to sign Kaepernick, "And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day."
According to ESPN, the tweet by Kaepernick's girlfriend, Nessa Diab compared a picture of Lewis hugging Bisciotti to a scene from "Django Unchained," where Samuel L. Jackson's loyal house slave held Leonardo DiCaprio's cruel plantation owner.
Lewis said, "His girl 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?'"
Quarterback Joe Flacco's back injury caused Ravens coach John Harbaugh to float the idea of adding Kaepernick, a veteran with Super Bowl experience.
Earlier in the summer, Biscotti said while speaking to fans, "I hope we do what is best for the team and balance that with what is best for our fans. Your opinions matter to us...We're very sensitive to it, and we're monitoring it, and we're trying to figure out what's the right tact. So pray for us."
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality has drawn attention across the league.
Supporters say Kaepernick is being blackballed. Critics say him not being signed is about a lack of performance on the field.
John Harbaugh told FOX45 in response to Lewis' comments, "I'm way past that. I haven't thought about that for weeks."