Watch: Ray Lewis Has Strong Words Against Colin Kaepernick's Stance

Ray Lewis, Colin Kaepernick

Watch: Ray Lewis Has Strong Words Against Colin Kaepernick's Stance

Do you agree with the former NFL linebacker?

Published September 9, 2016

Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem as a stance against violence and racism in America continues to generate an ongoing heated debate.

Some athletes have agreed with the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback's silent protest, even joining him by taking the stance on their own.

Others, such as Shaquille O'Neal, have spoken out against Kaepernick's stance.

The latest to weigh in on Kaepernick's protest? Ray Lewis.

It's not that the former two-time Super Bowl champion is against Kaepernick's stance. Lewis, instead, has an issue with the platform in which the Niners' QB chose to make it — during the national anthem before games.

“My only advice to Colin Kaepernick is this: Listen, I understand what you’re trying to do. But understand, take the flag out of it,” Lewis said during an appearance on FS1's new show, Undisputed, on Thursday. "I have uncles, I got brothers who walked out my house going into the military that said, 'I will never see you again.' To understand that, I will always respect that part of what our patriotism should be, right?"

He added: "And that's the side that I think if Colin really just steps back because ... to affect change, to affect true change of what he's trying to say ... if you don't have a real solution, if you ain't seen as a true activist to go into these hoods and do these things on a daily basis and not just jump up and just protest off this one thing because you're sick of it ... we've been sick of racism for 400-plus years!"

To watch Lewis's full passionate rant about Kaepernick's stance, watch the video below.

Are you here for Ray's words or do you feel like he's a bit offsides here?

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photos from left: Rob Carr/Getty Images, Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)


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