Nearly than 70,000 people have signed a petition calling for a statue of Ray Lewis that sits outside M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, to be removed after the former player knelt during the national anthem.
Lewis dropped to two knees with several other Ravens on Sunday during the national anthem before their game against the Jaguars in London. It marked the start of a league-wide protest against Trump, with more than 200 players and organization members joining by locking arms or kneeling together.
Raymond Lewis is a former American football linebacker, who played all of his 17-year professional career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He previously played college football for the University of Miami, and earned All-America honors. Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft, and, upon his retirement following the 2012 season, he was the last remaining active player from the team’s inaugural season. Lewis, who emphasized it was his “First Amendment rights” to kneel down, was seen next to other Ravens, but indeed, was the only one on both knees. He said that players should either “stand or pray, but not [on] one knee.”
Prayer, not protest. That’s what the mother of Ravens legend Ray Lewis said her son was doing during the National Anthem before last week’s kick-off in London. Lewis’ mother, his friends, and other family members gathered by his statue Saturday to pray and kneel in support of the football player after learning of the petition.
“You can’t erase 17 years of history. You can’t erase two Super Bowls,” said Sunseria “Buffy” Smith, Ray Lewis’ mother. “You can’t erase Ray coming here, going to Johns Hopkins Hospital. He do stuff people don’t even know he do.”
Rose, who is a police officer, said that his family has five season tickets, but only three members of the family were attending Sunday’s game. The other two chose to stay home in protest and did not give away or sell their tickets.
Petition was started by Eric Moniodis :
“I want the Ray Lewis statue at Ravens Stadium removed because of his refusal to stand during the National Anthem. That song honors our country and our veterans who fought for it. To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting. I will not stand for that kind of disrespect towards our country, especially from a legend such as Ray Lewis. You stand for the National Anthem as a salute to those who can’t stand because they fought for this land. “
Stadium officials placed security guards to keep watch over Lewis’ statue last week after hearing of the petition.
You Can Sign Petition HERE