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Petition Started To Remove Ray Lewis Statue From Ravens Stadium Because He Kneeled
On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens were in London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. As a result of the early start time, they were the first team to kneel, but certainly not the last. And the most shocking part of it all was that the cameras caught Ray Lewis kneeling as well.
The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker had made it clear on several occasions that he would never kneel during the National Anthem. He even criticized Colin Kaepernick for doing it.
Now, because he participated in the protest and kneeled during the anthem, an online petition was created to remove his statue that sits outside of M&T Bank Stadium.
“Almost 20k have signed an online petition to take down the statue of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis from outside its home stadium after he joined current players in taking a knee during the national anthem before Sunday’s game.
The change.org petition was started after Ravens players knelt during the anthem before the team played the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.
I want the Ray Lewis statue at Ravens Stadium removed because of his refusal to stand during the National Anthem,” the caption states. “That song honors our country and our veterans who fought for it. 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. You stand for the National Anthem as a solute to those who can’t stand because they fought for this land.”