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During the Ravens' first day of training camp, head coach John Harbaugh brought up the polarizing name Colin Kaepernick.

Why? It was learned earlier in the week that starting quarterback Joe Flacco had a disk injury and was slated to miss some of training camp, meaning the team may have needed a backup.

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With the mention of Kaepernick's name brought both positive and negative feedback from Ravens fans.

The organization even reached out to current and former players to get their input, one of them being former linebacker Ray Lewis.

After weighing their options, it sounds like the Ravens were heading in the direction of signing Kaepernick, but after a tweet sent by Kaepernick's girlfriend, the team backed out.

During Tuesday's episode of Showtime's Inside the NFL, Lewis shed some light on why the team never followed through.

We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League. Look, this is what I wanted to share with people. I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has ... I've never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he's done it. 

Then, [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. Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, 'How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?'

 

Back in August, Kaepernick's girlfriend, radio host Nessa Diab, tweeted out a photo of Lewis hugging Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti after their Super Bowl XLVII win.

She posted it along with a picture from the movie Django Unchained showing Samuel L. Jackson's character (a slave) hugging Leonard DiCaprio's character (his master) as he dies from a gunshot wound. 

This comparison seems to be the "racist gesture" Lewis blames for derailing Kaepernick's chance with Baltimore. 

When [the Ravens] called me, it was to say, 'Yes or no?' ... We were going to close the deal to sign him ... 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. 

Inside the NFL host Judy Battista followed up by asking whether Kaepernick would have been a Raven if not for the tweet. Lewis implied he would have. 

Then [Bisciotti] is flying him to Baltimore. I am sitting with all three of them and we are all having a conversation about bringing Colin Kaepernick in. 

At least according to Lewis, Diab's tweet was enough to make the Ravens pass on the free agent. 

Kaepernick is still unemployed with the regular season kicking off Thursday night in Boston.

Only time will tell if another NFL team finds a need for him in the next 16 weeks.