Colin Kaepernick is not in the NFL, but he's all over the headlines after reports that NFL owners are blocking their teams from signing the former 49ers quarterback.
The Ravens considered signing Kaepernick last week after staring QB Joe Flacco was injured, but chose not to. Owner Steve Bisciotti said on Sunday that, before making their decision, they consulted with players on the team, fans, sponsors, respected community members, as well as former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
"I hear something negative, I hear something positive and sometimes it shocks me who it's coming from," Bisciotti said.It's unclear what advice Lewis gave the team, but on Tuesday he posted a bit of a contradictory message to Kaepernick with the caption, "brotherhood - we are in this together."
Here are a few choice quotes from the message, which begins with Lewis telling Kaepernick that he applauds what he is standing for and ends with Lewis calling Kaepernick his brother for life.
"If people really want to help you, they'll pray for you. They'll lead you the right way and stop encouraging you to be caught up in some of this nonsense.
"The battles you've been fighting, brother, people way before us been fighting these for many, many, many years.
"The football field is our sanctuary. If you do nothing else, young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for yourself.
"What you do off the field, don't let too many people know, because they gonna judge you anyway. No matter what you do. No matter if it's good or bad."
Kaepernick, 29, chose to protest the National Anthem by taking a knee in 2016 in an effort to raise awareness around social inequality.
brotherhood - we are in this together pic.twitter.com/Q3HpPA0uqr— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) August 1, 2017