Colin Kaepernick, a pro quarterback who recently opted out of his contract with the 49ers, has been struggling to find a new team, and he remains unsigned as the 2017 NFL season gets underway. Some have suggested Kaepernick’s political activism is to blame, especially deciding to sit during the national anthem, but there appears to be more to the story.
According to the Daily Wire, Kaepernick’s political stances aren’t solely responsible for the what appears to be the blackballing of the QB.
LeSean McCoy, a running back with the Buffalo Bills, stated that Kaepernick simply wasn’t a strong enough player for a team to consider signing him with the level of “chaos” he brings. McCoy indicated Kaepernick could be a distraction and doesn’t bring with him the skill level one may associate with other players in the league, like Tom Brady.
According to Ray Lewis, a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, his team was considering signing Kaepernick but changed their minds after Kaepernick’s girlfriend, radio host Ness Diab, tweeted out a meme on August 3 that many would consider racist.
The tweet in question showed Lewis hugging Steve Bisciotti, the owner of the Ravens, and made a comparison to a moment from the film Django Unchained where Samuel L. Jackson’s character embraced Leonardo DiCaprio’s character.
“We were going to close the deal to sign him,” said Lewis. “Steve Bisciotti said, ‘I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.’”
Lewis went on to say, “And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day.”
“[Diab] 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,” added Lewis. “Steve Bisciotti has said it himself: ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’”
Lewis was asked if Kaepernick would have been signed by the Ravens if the tweet hadn’t been released. “Then he’s flying him to Baltimore,” he replied. “I am sitting with all three of them, and we are all having a conversation about bringing Colin Kaepernick in.”