According to Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens chose to not sign Colin Kaepernick after his girlfriend, Nessa, a personality on New York radio station Hot 97, posted a tweet featuring him embracing owner Steve Bisciotti.
“We were going to close the deal to sign him,” Lewis said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” on Tuesday night. “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.”
The tweet compared a picture of Lewis hugging Bisciotti to a scene from “Django Unchained,” where Samuel L. Jackson’s loyal house slave held Leonardo DiCaprio’s cruel plantation owner.
“His girl [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,” Lewis said. “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 whether the Ravens would’ve signed Kaepernick if not for the tweet.
“Then he’s flying him to Baltimore,” Lewis said. “I am sitting with all three of them and we are all having a conversation about bringing Colin Kaepernick in.”
In short, the Ravens had a chance to improve their quarterback situation, they crowdsourced the issue regarding the potential backlash against Kaepernick for his national anthem protests, and they ultimately didn’t sign him because his girlfriend — not his wife or mother or sister, his girlfriend — posted an image on Twitter in response to Ray’s senseless ramblings about Kaepernick.