Former Ravens Superstar Ray Lewis says that Kaepernick girlfriend, Nessa Diab, directly caused the Ravens to decline signing him and he doesn’t think anyone will hire him.
Speaking on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” Lewis discussed conversations he and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti had regarding Kaepernick. “We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League,” Lewis said. “I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has … I’ve never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he’s done it.”
Lewis said the Ravens were “close” to signing Kaepernick, but the “racist gesture” by Diab prevented the signing.
“We were close to signing him,” Lewis said, adding, “And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day.”
Lewis said Kaepernick would have been in Baltimore discussing a possible signing if not for the tweet.
Bisciotti said at the time that he was seeking prayers from fans, asking for their guidance in whether to sign the quarterback who’s drawn far more notoriety for his stance against the National Anthem than anything he ever did on a football field. Why an NFL owner would need to run a personnel decision by his fanbase is unclear, unless he was seeking justification for whatever direction he’d already wished to take. Given the fact that Kaepernick rouses emotions far beyond his skills, Bisciotti could find any justification he wished in order to sign, or avoid signing, Kaepernick.
And, as Lewis tells it, the Ravens found that justification courtesy of Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab. According to Lewis, the Ravens were juuuuuust about to sign Kaepernick, but…
“Then, 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,” Lewis said. “Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’ ”
The “racist gesture” Lewis is referring to is apparently this tweet from Diab, which uses a still from the movie “Django Unchained” to paint Bisciotti and Lewis as master and slave:
— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 3, 2017
I dusted off my twitter account and gave a response, she gave no comment.
With girlfriends like you, who needs enemies? It is the headlines that NFL teams do not want to deal with, and you just created another one!
— scott osborn (@RBJazzy) August 4, 2017
Kaepernick was considered a possible fill-in for Joe Flacco in Baltimore when Flacco hurt his back in training camp. ESPN’s Diana Russini reported that the Ravens coaching staff was willing to sign Kaepernick, but Bisciotti was hesistant due to Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest.
Kaepernick is still unsigned with the NFL regular season kicking off on Thursday.
Colin Kaepernick, you blew it! I think you have seen the end of what could have been a productive career…You hate what this country stands for? Well, you just lost what this country stands for!… Opportunity!
It wasn’t even a real protest. It was a lazy 3-minute antic and a 1-minute tweet! Hope it was worth it Colin!
NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris nailed it.
When asked how his teammates from the 1970’s and 1980’s would have handled Kaepernick’s protesting, Harris suggested they wouldn’t have tolerated it.
Harris said Kaepernick is free to voice his personal opinion on issues, but he could have done so without involving the NFL.
Boom! I keep saying, it was not his protesting, it was that he did it on his employer’s time clock. He has no right to hijack the NFL’s bully pulpit.
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