Cop-hating, Castro-loving QB Colin Kaepernick has yet to be signed to an NFL team for the 2017 season after he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The narrative on the Left goes something like this: the NFL is a deeply racist organization actively black-listing Kap.
But that narrative is not being bought by some in the league. Earlier this month, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy explained that Kaepernick’s play simply isn’t good enough for a team to sign him considering all the “chaos” he brings; which McCoy said can tear apart a team.
And now former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is blowing a hole in the narrative, too.
According to Lewis, the Ravens were going to sign the controversial quarterback until his girlfriend, radio host Ness Diab, decided to tweet a racist meme of Lewis on August 3; Diab compared the football legend to Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Django Unchained hugging owner Steve Bisciotti, compared to Leonardo Dicaprio’s character in the film.
“We were going to close the deal to sign him,” Lewis said on Tuesday’s Inside the NFL. “Steve Bisciotti said, ‘I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.'”
“And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day,” added the former NFL star.
“[Kaepernick’s] 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 explained. “Steve Bisciotti has said it himself: ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?'”
When asked if Kaepernick would have been signed if Diab hadn’t sent the racist tweet, Lewis replied:
“Then he’s flying him to Baltimore. … I am sitting with all three of them and we are all having a conversation about bringing Colin Kaepernick in.”
In other words, it was Kaepernick’s girlfriend’s racism that lost him a job opportunity, not the “racist” NFL.
Two days before Diab sent out the racist meme, Lewis posted an emotional video on Twitter telling Kaepernick that he respects him and prays for him often.
“I wish you the best in life; I hope you chase whatever God got for you to chase. And once again, I applaud what you stood up for,” said Lewis.
“And if people really wanna help you, if they really wanna help you, man, they’ll pray for you, brother,” he said. “They will lead you the right way and stop encouraging you to be caught up in some of this nonsense.”