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Military official warned Ravens about signing Kaepernick: report

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 3/5/2018 Evan Grossman
a man wearing a uniform: John Harbaugh was advised by a high-ranking military official to be careful about signing Colin Kaepernick. © Patrick Semansky/AP John Harbaugh was advised by a high-ranking military official to be careful about signing Colin Kaepernick.

The Ravens did not sign Colin Kaepernick last year because a high-ranking member of the military raised concerns about bringing the polarizing QB to Baltimore, according to a report.

When the Ravens were shopping for a QB last season when Joe Flacco went down, they seemed a likely landing spot for Kaepernick. But when head coach John Harbaugh, who has spoken highly about Kaepernick, sought the advice of some trusted friends on the matter, one military honcho reportedly told him it might not be such a good idea, according to TMZ.

According to the site, the unnamed official did not flat-out tell Harbaugh not to sign Kaepernick — who started the NFL's protest against racism and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem two years ago — but he did caution the coach that signing the free agent could present a difficult challenge if he continued to kneel.

He reportedly advised Harbaugh to create a team rule Kaepernick would have to abide by "if he wanted to keep his job," according to TMZ.

Instead, the Ravens signed Thad Lewis, who had not thrown an NFL pass in four years.

Jerry Jones is the only NFL owner who has said he would bench any of his players for taking a knee and it seems Harbaugh's military buddy advised creating a similar rule.

In September, Ravens legend Ray Lewis said the reason Kaepernick didn't have a job in Baltimore is because Kaepernick's girlfriend, Nessa Diab, was critical of Ravens management, publishing an incendiary post on social media in which she accused Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti of being a slave owner and Lewis a slave.

"We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League," Lewis said on Inside the NFL. "I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has … Then, his girl goes out and puts out this racist gesture and doesn't know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed."

Lewis was exposed as one of the biggest hypocrites in sports last year when he was also critical of Kaepernick kneeling and advised him to ditch the protest, yet later in the season got down on two knees during the anthem.

Kaepernick accused the NFL of collusion last year when sub-par players like Thad Lewis got jobs while he continues to be out of football. His lawyers continue to build their case against the league.


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