Ray Lewis urges Kaepernick to keep activism private

Former Ravens LB weighs in as team ponders signing

Ray Lewis has this piece of advice for Colin Kaepernick: "let your play speak for itself."

In a video posted to his Twitter account, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker suggested that the free agent quarterback may be better off if he keeps his social activism quiet.

"The football field is our sanctuary," Lewis said. "If you do nothing else, young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself. And 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."

The video came just days after the Ravens consulted Lewis about signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has struggled to find a new team since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March. Some have suggested teams are blackballing him over his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season in protest of social injustice in America.

The Ravens are weighing whether to sign Kaepernick to provide quarterback depth as starter Joe Flacco deals with a back issue.

In the video, Lewis also says he's got nothing against Kaepernick and "I applaud what you stood up for."
He also says he's praying for the quarterback, whom he calls a "brother for life," and has his name in his Bible.

"If people really want to help you, if they really want to help you, man, they'll pray for you, brother," Lewis said. "They'll lead you the right way and stop encouraging you to be caught up in some of this nonsense. The battles you fighting, brother, people way before us have been fighting these for many, many, many years."

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