Anti-police and unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick had his girlfriend defend him on Twitter, implying that a former NFL player who advised Kaepernick to keep his anti-police rhetoric private was an Uncle Tom.
Former Baltimore Raven Hall of Famer Ray Lewis had advised Kaepernick to keep his anti-American protests private in a video that was posted on Twitter.
The Baltimore Ravens are considering signing Colin Kaepernick, who outraged millions of Americans last year by kneeling during the national anthem and mocking police by wearing socks with pigs wearing police hats. It had reported that Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti had talked to Lewis in regards for advice on the situation.
Nessa Diab, a radio and TV personality who is dating Kaepernick, put up on her Twitter account two photos. The first was of Ray Lewis hugging owner Bisciotti and then underneath it was the photo from the movie Django where the Uncle Tom slave character played by Samuel Jackson hugged the plantation owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Soon after Lewis' advice, former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart agreed that Kaepernick had to be more private in his activism.
“Right now he’s not giving himself a chance,” Stewart said, according to Yahoo Sports. “I don’t think it’s the owners; I think it’s more or less Colin Kaepernick in my mind."
"Stay off of social media, and when it comes to the political side of everything, you can express yourself, you can do it quietly. I mean people are looking for former athletes and athletes out there doing some things that can be headline news. Do it from a charitable standpoint. Stay low-key about it. You don’t have to be so [loud], especially in this world of politics in the game of football.
"You see what’s taking place with him right now. He’s not even getting a chance to play and he’s better than 90 percent plus of the backups playing in the National Football League, let alone some starters that are playing right now.”