Former professional football player Jim Brown, former professional football player Ray Lewis and Pastor Darrell Scott speak to reporters at Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 13, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

There was a time in the not-so-distant past that black men who told on slaves who tried to escape slavery earned themselves some extra comforts from their master. Maybe they got an extra pig foot at dinner. Maybe they got an actual bed to sleep in that night, or maybe they got an extra-long rub on the top of their head from their white slave owner for work well done. It was just kind of how things worked.

Well, ever since accused attempted murderer Dancing Ray Lewis has found Jesus, he has also found himself earning all the pig dinners and head rubs he can manage as one of the most outspoken and vocal mouthpieces against the sports movement for black lives.

According to Dancing Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens were really close to signing Colin Kaepernick until Kaepā€™s girlfriendā€”an extra-woke soldier in the struggle, Nessa Diabā€”tweeted this epic Django Unchained photo comparing Dancing Ray Lewis and Ravens owner Steve Bisciottiā€™s embrace to that of loyal house slave Stephen, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and the slave owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio.


Lewis claimed that the tweet was ā€œracistā€ and the reason Kaepernick isnā€™t with the Ravens.

ā€œWe were going to close the deal to sign him,ā€ Lewis said on Showtimeā€™s Inside the NFL on Tuesday night, ESPN reports. ā€œSteve Bisciotti said, ā€˜I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.ā€™


ā€œAnd it never happens because that picture comes up the next day,ā€ Lewis added.

Lol! Stahp! Seriously, Dancing Ray Lewis, stop!

Stop acting like this was a done deal until a tweet happened. Stop acting like the owners arenā€™t a ā€œgood ole boysā€ club of collusion and racism. Stop acting like you have any influenceā€”you donā€™t. Stop acting like one tweet ruined this manā€™s spotless career, which to this day includes only a silent protest in the movement to stop police from killing unarmed black men, women and children.


But yes, Dancing Ray Lewis, letā€™s make this about a quarterbackā€™s girlfriend, as if that has ever stopped anyone from being signed to a sports team.

ā€œHis girl goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesnā€™t know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed,ā€ Lewis said. ā€œSteve Bisciotti has said it himself: ā€˜How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?ā€™ā€


Really, Dancing Ray Lewis? Did you talk to Donald Trump about Colin Kaepernick? On the field, Dancing Ray Lewis was one of the scariest linebackers ever to play the game; off of it, heā€™s a shell of himself. My father always said, why should a white man have to say how he feels when there is a black man ready to do it for him? I hate what Dancing Ray Lewis has become, but I am sure that if he stopped dancing long enough to really look at himself, heā€™d agree that he hates it, too.

Currently, there are a lot of sports figures who believe themselves to be Muhammad Alis, when, in fact, theyā€™re just a bunch of George Foremans.


But letā€™s let Dancing Ray Lewis continue: ā€œThen heā€™s flying him to Baltimore. I am sitting with all three of them and we are all having a conversation about bringing Colin Kaepernick in.ā€

Hereā€™s proof that none of this was ever going to happen: When Bisciotti was reportedly weighing the decision to bring Kaepernick onto the team, he was quoted as saying, ā€œPray for us.ā€ What would we be praying for? Kaepernick has been a shining example of what a sports organization should be looking for: a socially conscious, upstanding citizen who spends his time in the offseason donating money to schools and helping those who arenā€™t as fortunate.


But we are supposed to believe, because white America has flipped this protest into an anti-American protestā€”which just so happens to be how every black protest in the history of black protests has been treatedā€”that the team needs prayer? Kaepernick is so tainted for standing on the right side of history that quarterback Brock Osweiler, a man who couldnā€™t throw a rock in the ocean if he were chest-deep in high tide, spent one day on the free agent market before he was snatched up, yet Kaepernick still doesnā€™t have a team.

Yeah, just keep dancing, Ray; at least we know where to find you. While weā€™re busy doing the work, you can keep working on getting that head rub, because the picture that Nessa tweeted wasnā€™t racist; it was accurate, and thatā€™s what really hurt.

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