Ray Lewis Said Ravens Would Have Signed Colin Kaepernick If Not For Girlfriend’s Tweet

Ray Lewis said the Baltimore Ravens decided not to sign Colin Kaepernick after the quarterback’s girlfriend posted a “racist” tweet. On Tuesday night, Lewis revealed that the Ravens were ready to sign Kaepernick until girlfriend, Nessa Diab, offended the team with a tweet that insulted Lewis and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. The former All-Pro linebacker Ravens explained how the team decided to pass on signing free agent quarterback earlier this summer on “Inside The NFL.”

“When me and Steve Bisciotti were talking, this is what we were talking about, Judy (Battista). We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League. Look, this is what I wanted to share with people. I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has … I’ve never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he’s done it. Then, his 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. Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’ When they called me, it was to say, ‘Yes or no?’ … We were going to close the deal to sign him … 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.”

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Lewis was asked if the Ravens would have signed Kaepernick if his girlfriend had not posted the derogatory tweet. “Then he’s flying him to Baltimore,” Lewis said. “I am sitting with all three of them and we are all having a conversation about bringing Colin Kaepernick in.”

The tweet in question depicts Lewis and Bisciotti hugging and makes a correlation to Samuel L. Jackson’s house slave character embracing slave-owner Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the movie “Django Unchained.” A tweet that is still up.

On August 1st, Lewis applauded Kaepernick’s effort and said he was praying for him.