Sport Ray Lewis: Baltimore Ravens Didn’t Sign Colin Kaepernick Due to Girlfriend’s “Racist” Tweet

06:44  06 september  2017
06:44  06 september  2017 Source:   The Big Lead

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“Then, his girl [ Colin 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 . Battista: “So, if not for that … tweet , you think he would be a Baltimore Raven ?” Lewis : “Then he’ s flying him to Baltimore .

— Ray Lewis (@ raylewis ) August 1, 2017. The Ravens had consulted Lewis on whether they should sign Kaepernick . Follow @CBSBaltimore on Twitter and like WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore on Facebook.

Ray Lewis Says the Ravens Didn't Sign Colin Kaepernick Due to His Girlfriend's © File photo File photo Ray Lewis made some news in his Inside the NFL debut Tuesday night, suggesting the Baltimore Ravens were ready to sign free agent Colin Kaepernick until the quarterback's girlfriend sent an "offensive" tweet.

CBS Sports transcribed the exchange between Lewis and Judy Battista.

Judy Battista: "I'm startled that he has not been signed. I've been told ever since I've started covering the NFL that talent wins out. We've seen teams take chances on a lot of unsavory characters. The fact that this is what has tipped over and they can't come to grips with signing a guy who has kneeled for the national anthem but you've signed guys that have enormous legal issues - and they've been embraced by teams and they've been embraced by fans - I find that curious."

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Colin Kaepernick ' s girlfriend Nessa Diab makes racist comparisons between slave movie, "Django Unchained," and Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotto and Ray Lewis . (Getty Images).

Steve Biscotti is that boss, the owner of the Baltimore Ravens , and he’ s currently weighing the pros and cons of signing polarizing free agent QB Colin Kaepernick . Those chances may have just went down after Kaepernick ’ s girlfriend , Nessa

Ray Lewis: "When me and Steve Bisciotti were talking, this is what we were talking about, Judy. 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 [Colin 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?' …

"When they (Ravens) 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 Kaeperkick 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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Colin Kaepernick ’ s Girlfriend Tweets Pic Portraying Ravens Owner as Racist , Ray Lewis a House Slave. However, Kaepernick ’ s girlfriend might not be helping his cause. Nessa Diab, Kaepernick ’ s girlfriend , and a New York City radio personality.

Appearing on an episode of “Inside The NFL” on Tuesday night, Ray Lewis , a former star linebacker for the Ravens and constant Colin Kaepernick detractor, said that the Ravens didn ’ t sign the exiled quarterback because of his girlfriend ’ s tweets .

Battista: "So, if not for that … tweet, you think he would be a Baltimore Raven?"

Lewis: "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."

The tweet in question is surely this photoshop, sent by Nessa Diab in early August splitscreen depicting Lewis hugging Ravens owner Steve Bisciottiand Samuel L. Jackson hugging Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained.

It's easy to see why Lewis and Bisciotti weren't thrilled to be presented in this light. Nessa was obviously not too pleased with Lewis' unsolicited advice to her boyfriend a day earlier suggesting he tone down the activism.

Whether you accept Lewis' claim without pause of find it dubious, the end result speaks for itself. Kaepernick remains unsigned. It could be because he's not good enough. Or he could be blackballed. Or because his girlfriend sent a questionable tweet.

Here we are, days from the season opener and he's still a free agent - and still a major story.

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