Ray Lewis was deep in the sunken place after openly sniping at Colin Kaepernick and his protests against inequality and police brutality. With Donald Trump‘s recent jab at protesting players which sparked the #TakeAKnee trending topic, the former Baltimore Ravens great joined the team on the sidelines and took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.
NBC’s Pro Football Talk reports:
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has found himself previously in the center of the Colin Kaepernick controversy, whose unemployment traces (whether anyone admits it or not) to his decision to become the first player to not stand during the national anthem. On Sunday in London, Lewis took a knee along with multiple Ravens players during the national anthem.
It was a stunning visual, given that Lewis seemingly tried to stake out middle ground between those who support kneeling and those who oppose it. Most recently, Lewis said on Showtime’s Inside The NFL that Kaepernick would have been brought to Baltimore for a visit if his girlfriend hadn’t posted an image on Twitter that compared Lewis to a slave and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to a slave owner.
The Ravens were in London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, with all players on both sides interlocking arms in a show of unity. A few players on both sides kneeled while the anthem played, and there was a defiant tone in the air given President Trump’s “son of a b*tch” quip.
Ray Lewis, welcome back home. Don’t let us down again. Hit the flip to see Twitter flipping out over Lewis taking the knee.
— Ms Winterbottom (@Effiemagic) September 24, 2017
— Don Drewlio (@epitomeoflazy) September 24, 2017
Ray Lewis took a knee with the Ravens. Did somebody hit him with a camera flash?
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 24, 2017