Retired NFL linebacker Ray Lewis was seen kneeling on the sidelines of the Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday (Sept. 24) during the national anthem… and the internet roasted him.
Why? Well, if you don’t remember, the former NFL star previously said he doesn’t agree with free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the singing of the national anthem.
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) September 24, 2017
“I under what you’re doing, but understand, take the flag out of it,” Lewis explained, during an appearance on FOX’s Undisputed in July. “I have uncles, I have brothers, who walked out of my house, going into the military that said I will never see you again. To understand that, I will always understand that part of what our patriotism should be.”
“I’ve said this many times, we both agree, like, what he did, I’m 100 percent for racial justice, 100 percent,” he added. “Trust me, I lived it myself. So you don’t have to convince me of that part. How he did it? Totally different thing. I don’t totally agree with that.”
The discussion came in regard to the Ravens officially passing on signing Kaepernick. Lewis explained to Judy Batista of Inside the NFL, part of the reason the team opted not to sign Kaepernick was because of a racially-charged tweet by radio personality Nessa “Ness Nitty” Diab, who is Kaepernick’s girlfriend.
“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,” Lewis explained. “Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’”
Despite his comments about Kaepernick, Lewis decided to kneel in protest, which he previously seemed to not “agree with” on Sunday.
Below is some of the reactions from Twitter.
Ray looks like that one person who shows up at altar call after going a little too hard the night before pic.twitter.com/0n6i0JXhM2
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 24, 2017
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) September 24, 2017
Kaep when he saw Ray Lewis taking a knee lol pic.twitter.com/oOatoqQi7n
— Leed (@pc_leed) September 24, 2017
Taking a knee now. pic.twitter.com/nPbrmmKyNh
— Denzel Tucker (@Shimmy_Nupetron) September 24, 2017
Undisputed co-host Shannon Sharpe couldn’t help but call out Lewis as well, calling him a hypocrite for doing what he said he wouldn’t
“I would’ve preferred he stayed in the locker room and do nothing, because that’s what he said up here,” he said. “He said he couldn’t kneel. He said he couldn’t protest the national anthem. That’s what he said. I’m taking him at his word. ”