Unsigned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick would have joined the Baltimore Ravens if it weren’t for his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, claims Ray Lewis.
In an interview with the “Inside The NFL,” Lewis said Diab ruined Kaepernick’s shot at joining the AFC East team when she tweeted out a photo that insinuated owner Steve Bisciotti was racist.
“When me and Steve Bisciotti were talking, this is what we were talking about, Judy (Battista),” Lewis said per Deadspin. “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?”
The tweet by Diab, a radio personality for New York’s hip-hop station Hot 97, shows Bisciotti and Lewis in an embrace similar to that of Samuel L. Jackson’s character and slave-owner Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the movie “Django Unchained.”
After the tweet went viral, the team ultimately decided to pass on Kaepernick, said Lewis.
“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.”
It’s long suspected throughout the league and other social circles that Kaepernick is a free agent due to his national anthem protest last season. Some NFL GMs have stated it’s his playing record that has prevented him from joining a team.
Kaepernick has refused to stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner as a way to fight for equal rights for minorities in the nation as well as those affected by police brutality.
A protest against the blacklisting of Kaepernick was held outside of the NFL headquarters last month asking that the NFL sign the quarterback.