The NFL season starts Thursday, and Colin Kaepernick remains without a team. Supporters of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback believe Kaepernick can’t find a spot on a roster because of his national anthem protest. However, former Baltimore Ravens star and two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis says otherwise.
According to Lewis, Kaepernick was close to getting a spot on the Ravens. But then, Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa, screwed everything up for the former NFL starter.
When the rumor that Kaepernick was about to sign with the Ravens surfaced, Nessa tweeted an image comparing Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti to a slave owner:
— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 3, 2017
The image shows Bisciotti and Lewis in the first part followed by Leonardo Dicaprio and Samuel L. Jackson in “Django Unchained.” In the movie, Dicaprio plays a slave owner and Jackson a house slave.
And per Lewis, that was the nail in Kaepernick’s coffin.
During an interview on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” Lewis added more details to the Kaepernick situation with Baltimore, via ESPN.com:
“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.”
The Aug. 2 tweet by Nessa Diab compared a picture of Lewis hugging Bisciotti to a scene from “Django Unchained,” where Samuel L. Jackson’s loyal house slave held Leonardo DiCaprio’s cruel plantation owner.
“His girl [Kaepernick’s girlfriend] 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?’”
Lewis was asked whether the Ravens would’ve signed Kaepernick if not for the tweet.
“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.”
Nessa thinks Lewis is lying, though. She retweeted Bleacher Report NFL writer Mike Freeman’s take on the issue. Freeman tweeted, “The owner didn’t want to sign Kaepernick and now Lewis is acting as their agent to lie about Kaepernick and his girl. I said it. Lie.”
But she never deleted her tweet comparing the owner of the Ravens to a slave owner, either, indicating she didn’t mind making such an insulting accusation. Based on what Lewis has said about the matter, it seems Kaepernick’s girlfriend shoulders much of the responsibility for him not getting to play in the NFL this year.