With football players and now entire teams vowing to kneel or sit during the National Anthem instead of stand, famous player Ray Lewis is standing up for what’s right. Finally, another player is putting Colin Kaepernick on blast for his anti-American stance, and he didn’t hold back in telling the 49er quarterback what to do.
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has never been one to hold his tongue. He doesn’t mince words and he will preach about anything and everything he feels passionately about, and that happens to be the controversy swirling around our Anthem right now.
The Colin Kaepernick situation had about 15 more minutes of life on Thursday as Ray Lewis took a stab at it while on Fox Sports Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless, and he’s receiving plenty of praise for his strong words.
While sharing his stance, Lewis ultimately advises the San Francisco 49er to “take the flag out of it” and relays how he has family members who have served and will always respect that symbolic aspect of patriotism. The just over 15-minute video below begins with Shannon Sharpe stating his opinion on the matter, then Ray Lewis begins speaking at the 2:30 mark.
Ray Lewis boldly said wants Kaepernick to stand for the national anthem, and he even gave his motives for that suggestion. “The most important thing is a solution. Because we don’t have a solution, we are protesting for nothing.” He goes on to say that Kaepernick should have called guys around the league and stated his reasoning and an obvious solution so that he knows when his protest can end.
“You have to understand what you’re standing for. I don’t think it’s about the flag, per se, right, because my only advice to Colin Kaepernick is this: ‘listen, I understand what you’re trying to do, but understand, take the flag out of it.” He said that because he had family who has served, he will always understand patriotism.
Ray Lewis stopped just short of suggesting Colin Kaepernick donate money and actually make the changes he’s protesting for, but it was definitely implied. It’s nice to see at least some of those in the sports industry standing up for patriotism, and Lewis does have a huge point. If Kaepernick wants real change, simply sitting during the National Anthem is doing nothing but gathering bad press for the quarterback. Real change comes from being the change you want to see.