So far, more than 34,000 people have signed a petition at Change.org
, and you can sign it too right here, urging the removal of Ray Lewis’ statue from in front of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.
Lewis took a knee with other Ravens players during the National Anthem before the team’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in London. In which all of the idiot players then got up and saluted “God Save the Queen”, the British national anthem.
This isn’t sitting well with many fans, despite his icon status with the team. Lewis played all 17 of his
NFL seasons with the Ravens and helped the team win two Super Bowls. He retired in 2012.
The Change.org petition
popped up online urging Ravens owner, Steve Bisciotti
to take down the bronze statue of Lewis, which was erected in 2014 and depicts him doing his signature and totally played out pre-game dance.
Local reports say that extra security has been hired to watch over the statue. Which is very ironic seeing as no statues seem to get the same treatment. Even the god damn Lincoln Memorial doesn’t get good enough security to be kept from being vandalized. As you can see here.
Lewis told a Baltimore sports radio station he wasn’t dissing the flag or the anthem when he took a knee.
“I would never protest against my flag,” he told WJZ-FM. “It’s just me. I do too much for my country. I do too much for my city. I’ve invested my life into making people around me better, and the people less fortunate than me.”
Lewis defended his actions and said he got on his knees because he has a First Amendment right to protest “just like everybody else.”
Lewis is also catching flak from those who support the football players’ protests. In August, Lewis posted a video to TMZ Sports
in which he said ex-NFL QB Colin Kaepernick — who started the protests last year — shouldn’t use the football field as a venue to promote social change. He’s being slammed as a hypocrite by social media, including former teammate Shannon Sharpe
, who blasted Lewis on his show on Fox Sports 1
A spokesman for the Ravens told CNN
he would check to see if the team had a response to the petition.