So far the discussion surrounding why Colin Kaepernick is not on a NFL roster has had two sides: some say he is being blackballed for his protests of the national anthem, and others say that he just isn't what teams are looking for. Ask former NFL player-turned-commentator Ray Lewis and he'll say that Kaepernick's girlfriend, NYC radio personality Nessa. is partially to blame.
According to The Washington Post, during a segment of Inside the NFL on the Showtime network, Ray Lewis said that while he was behind the scenes with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti trying to get Kaepernick signed, Nessa posted a "racist" meme, which effectively killed any chance of the deal going through.
"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," said Lewis. "Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’"
Bisciotti admitted in July that he and the rest of the Ravens staff were "monitoring" Kaepernick's protests and factoring it into whether or not they would sign him, but Lewis says once Nessa's meme was posted, the decision was made. Lewis has tried to give Kaepernick advice in the past, which was more or less to protest in private, pray, and do what he needs to do to play football and not piss people off. It doesn't look like Kaep or Nessa are down with that message.
Fans have been shaking their head at Ray Lewis for being a former player and a Black man and still not supporting Kaepernick's protest, but he isn't the only one. Jason Whitlock made his opinion of Kaepernick's protests very clear, referring to the quarterback as "Martin Luther Cornrow" and saying that his actions are idiotic.
Ray Lewis and Jason Whitlock would be doing us all a huge favor if they just stopped talking for the foreseeable future.