Meanwhile, a petition calling for the removal of the statue has exploded online.
As of the publication of this article, the petition has earned over 51,000 signatures.
“You could draw up a lot of storybook endings, but how else would I rather go out than to be on the biggest stage ever, giving everything I’ve got for my teammates, touch that Lombardi trophy,” said Lewis. Today, Commissioner Roger Goodell wants Lewis to be his advisor.
“It’s the ultimate.” Lewis, 37, was charged with killing two men on the night of the Super Bowl in 2000. Such polarizing extremes are deceiving, say those who have known Lewis since his youth in Central and South Florida.
To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting.
I will not stand for that kind of disrespect towards our country, especially from a legend such as Ray Lewis.Whether football fans are dancing with Lewis or spitting at him, he captivates.The maniacal middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens will undoubtedly suck up most of the air inside the New Orleans Superdome during Sunday’s Super Bowl when he smites the San Francisco 49ers with his fire-and-brimstone tackles and running commentary.Here's the full text of the petition: I want the Ray Lewis statue at Ravens Stadium removed because of his refusal to stand during the National Anthem.That song honors our country and our veterans who fought for it.“He enjoyed being at church and quoting God’s word — that is nothing new, and you can’t fake it,” said Irving Strickland, Lewis’ teammate and now coach of the Kathleen Red Devils.When he was little, Lewis “kept to himself,” said his aunt Rita, but football brought out the passionate, evangelizing side of him.One famous former NFL player is particularly feeling the backlash from #Take The Knee Sunday after he chose to join the anthem protesters in refusing to stand for the "Star-Spangled Banner." Former Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis dropped to his knees during the singing of the national anthem — and now a petition calling for the removal of his statue from the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium has collected over 50,000 signatures.Blowback from the NFL's decision to fully embrace Colin Kaepernick's openly anti-American protest "movement" has already resulted in some deeply troubling developments for the NFL, including Direc TV taking the unprecedented step of offering refunds for now-former fans' NFL packages.“We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League. I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has. “Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick? Steve Bisciotti said, ‘I want to hear Colin Kaeperkick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.’ . I suspect Ray thought his explanation would make the situation better. If Lewis is telling the truth, an NFL franchise actually spurned a player not because of something he did but because of . If it’s cover for the broader reluctance to risk riling up portions of the fan base, it’s even more lame — because it’s more evidence of the BS that has been propagated for months to justify Kaepernick’s unemployment.'” Lewis apparently is referring to the photo posted by Kaepernick’s girlfriend of Lewis embracing Bisciotti, with a photo of Samuel L.