Ray Lewis Advises Colin Kaepernick To Keep Quiet About His Social Activism

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 2, 2017

Add Ray Lewis to the list of Ravens - or former Ravens - who have weighed in on the franchise's possibility of signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

In a selfie video he posted to Twitter on Tuesday and filmed in what Lewis identifies as a vehicle leaving the FS1 set, the linebacker delivered a message to the signal-caller about his anthem protest and social justice efforts: "Get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself".

Instead, Lewis suggests the free agent quarterback, still searching for a team after opting out of his 49ers contract in March, find a way to return to the sport because "the football field is our sanctuary". "If you do nothing else, young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself".

Kaepernick has become a lightening rod ever since he knelt during the national anthem as his way to protest social injustice.

Perhaps Lewis felt it necessary to reach out to Kaepernick after Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said this weekend he consulted the franchise's most recognizable figure about Kaepernick's potential addition in the wake of Joe Flacco's back injury and Ryan Mallet's practice struggles.

Lewis, who never says the words "police" or "brutality" in his comments but gestures vaguely at "people talking", says that if people really want to help Kaepernick, they'll pray and "stop encouraging you to be caught up in some of this nonsense".

I'm not going to get too deep in Lewis's fundamental misunderstanding of what activism is-that's hard to do when he's barely speaking coherent sentences-but activism doesn't work if there is no audience. "And once again, I applaud what you stood up for, because I'm in the streets every day". He also called him a "brother for life". "The battles you fighting brother, people way before us have been fighting for many, many, many years".

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