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Fans Disapprove Retired Baltimore Ravens Legend Who Knelt Of The National Anthem

The public, fans and all-American patriots continuously oppose the national anthem protests in the dawn of NFL games and that tension is felt wide, among the audience but between the athletes too.

Ray Lewis, the retired Baltimore Ravens star, is just one example of it.

Lewis had a successful career, he earned Super Bowl MVP, made the Pro Bowl in 13 of 17 seasons and was honored with a statue placed outside the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium.

Lewis decided to protest the national anthem on Saturday and knelt during its singing at the game between Baltimore and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now he is facing a petition for removal of his statue which is signed by 50,000 people.

The number of signatures increased by Friday counting over 69,000 signatures.

The fans’ passion is taken seriously by the officials, but that’s not the case with NFL’s players.

“There is additional security at the statue plaza at this time,” stated Rachelina Bonacci, the Maryland Stadium Authority’s spokeswoman.

“Certainly, observers can notice the presence of uniformed security officers at M&T Bank Stadium, which includes the statue plaza,” she stated. “The additional officers and other security enhancements have been in place since Sunday afternoon.”

This is written in the petition, “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 salute to those who can’t stand because they fought for this land.”

Eric Moniodis, the man who started the petition wrote an emotional letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, and attached the letter to the petition.

“I sit here heartbroken, searching for answers, and questioning why it has come to this. I am disappointed, to say the least. The team that I have loved since 1996, and the Raven I came to respect more than any other, has defiled my National Anthem, my country, and all of its (sic) troops,” Moniodis wrote in the letter.

He stated that Lewis at the time was a legend, but after this incident, he is not seen as one.

“A legend is a hero both on and off the field, and by disgracing this great country by kneeling during the national anthem, on foreign soil no less, he has lost the respect of myself and many of my peers who used to see him in a different light,” Moniodis wrote.

He named disrespect and kneeling on the national anthem “blatant disrespect to our country’s salute to our troops, veterans and first responders.”

On a radio show, Lewis talked about the petition.

“It only bothers me if I blatantly did something to gain awareness for myself. What I did — is for our country. That’s why I challenge people,” he stated.

He also stated that it’s not a coincidence he knelt on both knees, and not only one.

“You can protest, I’m gonna pray,” he stated.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Owen

    September 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Bahahahahahahahaha Just Another RACIST Lying NFL THUG. He’s practicing Taqiyya.. Islamic Deception. IN OTHER WORDS…..LIE. LIES. LYING. LIAR = to cover his RACIST ASS!

  2. Donna Barron

    September 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    It does not matter how many knees go down, when the flag is presented before the crowd. It looks the same to so many watching from the stands. Prayer would be better served as a witness to others, if one hand was on the heart and the other raised toward Heaven with prayer in the heart. Kneeling in this case signifies defiance.

  3. Mike Murray

    September 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    The Legal door of the First Amendment swings both ways!

    Lewis VIOLATED everyone else’s 1st Amendment when he Protested in a paid, for hire, private physicality. I could sure Lewis for that, so could everyone else whom Lewis has Offended by his action.

    All that gobble-ty-gook Lewis spit-up was just that.

    He did something very disrespectfully to the very Men and Women who had his back; he shits on those great Americans who fought for him.

    If Lewis wants to Protest something he can go down to the city square, in his street clothes and protest all week long, all month long, he can do that it is truly his 1st Amendment Right.

    He CANNOT Protest in a private stadium, wherein people have paid their monies to see a football game, that is against the people in the Stadiums 1ST Amendment.

    • Dolores Fabian

      September 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Why can’t he admit he had to back his Black brothers and stop lying to the rest of us? Why they put up a statue to honor Ray Lewis with his criminal history, I do not understand. I guess if we continue to perceive athletes as heroes, the end result is the same: Heroes with clay feet.

  4. Rebecca Grirt

    September 30, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Didn’t he kill his girlfriend or some other egregious act a few years ago? Why was he a hero anyway?

  5. Michael Dickey

    September 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    His fame has gone to his head. After being treated like a god so long, he actually thinks he is a god and can do or say anything without consequences. His wake up call will be devasating to him when his statue is torn down. The bigger they are the harder they fall.

    • paulette

      September 30, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      @MICHAEL,ITS GONE TO ALL OF THEY’RE HEADS,THEY ALL FORGOT WHAT GUTTER THEY CAME FROM,HOPE THEY SAVED THEY’RE MONEY,BETTER YET HOPE THEY DIDNT AND FIND THAT VERY SAME GUTTER AGAIN

  6. Bonnie

    September 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Why anyone would still be watching these disrespectful antiAmerican spoiled brat milionares is beyond me. And scrambled eggs should be strewn on the face of the statue of this treasonous – Non hero football player.

  7. ltrail

    September 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    NFL Bellyup. 2018.

  8. Ruben

    September 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Rich beyond belief thanks to the country they are disrespecting.
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  9. Tammy

    September 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Unable to sign petition without having to get on mailing list.

  10. Loretta and William Robinson

    September 30, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    We too have lost all respect for Rey Lewis. Shame on you! You sure don’t mind spending and enjoying all the money this great Country allowed you… with your record history. How quickly we forget how very lucky you are. How dare you disrespect our National Anthem, Flag, and the men and women that gave their lives for you to have those freedoms. You should be embarrassed! No longer see you in the same way – but I’m sure with your attitude and arrogance you don’t really care what we think of you!!!

  11. Dana

    September 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Take the statue down and fire all the NFL players who kneeled. A lot of people don’t understand. This is NOT a racial thing. It is very disrespectful to the United States of AMERICA.I will not watch another NFL game until all the kneeling #####Rds get fired.

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  13. Jeff gross

    October 3, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Remove the statue

  14. Darcey Daniels

    October 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Ungrateful and ignorant of the American pride in our country. To do this on foreign soil and stand for another country’s anthem is very disrespectful and unforgivable. Take that statue down and don’t take too long.

  15. Thomas

    October 28, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Great post! Have nice day ! 🙂 wszaj

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