The Ravens took on the Jaguars in London Sunday, and prior to pregame, Ray Lewis dropped to both knees in an apparent response to Donald Trump’s controversial comments on National Anthem protestors in the NFL.
Just days later, a petition to have his statue removed from the front of M&T Bank Stadium has reached 20,000 signatures.
The change.org petition reads –
“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 solute to those who can’t stand because they fought for this land.”
The state, which was erected in 2014 to honor to 17 year veteran and franchise’s most notable player, wants to be torn down by those who think Lewis’ kneel was disrespectful to the anthem and the flag.
In a bizarre twist, Lewis’ kneel came after the soon to be Hall of Fame linebacker advised Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on whether or not to sign Colin Kaepernick, to which he did not. Lewis is also a known Trump friend and supporter.