Reactions Amid Backlash Over Ravens Potentially Signing Colin Kaepernick

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Sparks continue to fly in Baltimore as the Ravens consider signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It’s the continuing controversy that’s now become the talk of sports throughout the country.

Rick Ritter has the latest developments and more on who is now weighing in.

Last season, the color of change launched a petition in support of Colin Kaepernick that’s received close to 100,000 signatures.

A report surfaced that owner Steve Biscotti is putting up resistance to signing Kaepernick. The team has denied that.

On Friday, pressure from the outside to sign the quarterback continues.

The controversial question continues to linger.

And the debate amongst fans continues to heat up.

“You’re hiring him for not his political views, but for his football ability to play ball,” says one Baltimore fan.

One fan says on 105.7 The Fan: “If they sign him, I’m putting my PSLs up for sale.”

The Ravens are now in the second week of the Colin Kaepernick saga.

“There’s nothing new to talk about,” says Ravens Coach John Harbaugh.

The quarterback was once a budding star for the 49ers, but poor play and a high-profile protest of the national anthem to spotlight police brutality has Kaepernick looking for a new home.

The Ravens are one of the only teams to show interest, but so far, it’s just interest.

“I think there’s a lot of important things happening in the world right now and this is one of them,” says Brandi Collins, Senior Campaign Director, Color of Change.

Ads from Color of Change are blasted on the homepage of The Baltimore Sun Friday, pushing for the Ravens to sign Kaepernick.

“You want to have the best player on your bench and I think everyone should support that in addition to this first amendment value that we hold up,” says Collins.

The ads come after Kaepernick’s girlfriend sent a jab at the Ravens front office, who posted an image of Ray Lewis and owner Steve Biscotti, mirroring a movie picture of a house slave hugging his racist master.

Ravens legend, Ray Lewis is now weighing in.

“Kap, 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,” he says.

While some fans say a second chance in purple and black might just pay off.

“Give him a year just like they’ve given anyone else, he just might take us to that third Super bowl.”

Color of Change says supporters have made hundreds of calls to the Ravens over the past few days asking them to sign Kaepernick.

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  1. Mike Herman says:

    Perhaps the dumbest boycott threat since the New Coke debuted.

  2. Brad Reed says:

    The NFL doesn’t need “fans” like this. Let them boycott, I’d rather not sit next to one at a NFL game.

    1. Honestly, I think the majority of self proclaimed “fans” that signed this petition don’t attend games or maybe have been to one. It’s easy to boycott games if they never go to any?! Unbelievable.

  3. He’s just not good enough for his on field performance to compensate for all the distraction he brings to the team an NFL. The Ravens need good players. This is not one of them.

    1. Tami Mooney says:

      Well said! The trashy GF is not an asset either!

    2. James Graves says:

      Damn near perfect analysis. He might have the talent to be a third stringer and a useful practice QB but they can get that cheaper than him and without the problems.

  4. Tami Mooney says:

    If you ever want to play again, your nasty racist girlfriend has got to go! Don’t bring that uncivilized trash here!

  5. Gene Rey says:

    Pretty sad if they or anyone else ever sign him, downright pathetic actually.
    He’s only mediocre at best as a quarterback anyway.
    Hopefully they’re just playing with him and will tell him to go away at the last minute. Hopefully.

  6. Making something it’s not. He is just not that good.

  7. Yujin Khabaz says:

    The Alt-Left trying to force their perverted logic onto the rest of an otherwise normal civilization. No thank you.

  8. John Long says:

    So it’s all fine and well when someone on the right says or does something that the left does not agree with, and gets blackballed. You hypocrites, this is the climate you snowflakes created…so stop crying and deal with it.

  9. Mike Herman says:

    Some people will sign ANY petition. I remember a paper petition on the streets of New York demanding an end to the use of dihydrogen oxide (water) because it was a dangerous substance known to kill hundreds when ingested in large amounts.

  10. Mike Herman says:

    And don’t support the NFL until his girlfriend gets a job as cheerleader.

  11. First off, no one is obligated to hire him. This is a professional job not a platform for his personal opinions or feelings or a protest. He totally went about this in an inappropriate way. Had he had used his popularity outside of the arena he would have made a better statement. Or was he looking to make trouble and discourse? No one wants the drama and/or trouble that he may bring with him, not saying he will. Although I agree with what he has to say and what his intentions are, that’s not what he was hired for. He’s a professional QB working during the games. Now I fear whoever does hire him will have this compounded debacle waiting to explode. He brought this on himself, unfortunately. I mean, in reality, it’s a football game not a protest. If he was smart, he would back peddle a little and assure whoever hires him that professionalism comes first and that what he stands for will not affect the team and/or his job performance during game time. Then he can speak candidly about his beliefs afterwards and make a lasting impact. I’m sure he can get plenty of pre or post game interviews to affirm his personal opinions.

  12. Roger Lyon says:

    How on earth do they think they could possibly match the number of fans who left because of him. They lost literally millions in advertising and tickets and memorabilia sales. Seriously he is racist and so is his girlfriend. Yeah. This is pathetic. I think all the players supporting him should be fired also.

  13. Since every team member may not agree with his comments, actions, or ideology you then have a divided locker room, fan noise, media noise, and a complete distraction from one goal of winning the Superbowl. You can’t have anything interfering or your players focus becomes diluted. With the parity in the NFL nowdays you just simply can’t invite this cancer into your locker room. This isn’t discrimination or blackballing. It’s trying to give your team the best chance to win the big one

  14. Keith Patton says:

    So let’s do a little basic math, something that must not be taught in inner city schools; African Americans make up 13% of the US population despite what they want to think. Since only a fraction of that number watches or attended the Negro Football League, I don’t think the boycott is going to have much affect. Besides, would owners want a fraction say 10% of the African American audience to boycott, versus say 30% of the 50% of the whites who make up the US population? While Kaps supporters may be stupid when it comes to numbers, the owners are not.

  15. Steven Visek says:

    He has the right to say what he wants.
    He has the right to act like an idiot.
    He does not have a right to be hired by a team and given playing time.
    Any team that signs him will lose ten times as many people as it gains.
    Thus his financial value to a team is negative.
    He is a toxic asset. I can’t imagine any NFL owner dumb enough to hire him.
    I do look forward to the day, coming soon, when he doesn’t even get mentioned anymore.
    Colin Kaepernick, the dustbin of history awaits you.

  16. The only political agenda here is the so called “fans” demanding that Kaepernick be signed to an NFL team. To them this is not about football, it’s about an agenda. If this guy could produce in the field teams wouldn’t care what he says off of one. Problem is he has proven the last few seasons that he no longer can produce at a high level on the field and on top of that he is dragging an agenda that has nothing to do with the game of football on to the field. No team wants that type of controversy on them. Just a reality check folks.

  17. We do not need to sign the trash no one else would take. I don’t see them putting ads in the papers of the other 31 teams to try and guilt them into signing the disrespectful jerk. Let someone else sign that losing player. he LOST his starting position and was benched BEFORE he decided to try and bully his team into putting him back on the field by making himself a national issue.

    don’t fall for it… we need players not has beens. Don’t sign him on what he did 2+ years ago.. he SUCKED last year…

  18. For every action there is a reaction. He choose to kneel. Now he can sit. Hopefully forever. USA USA USA!!!!

  19. There mere fact this is being talked about in such depth, and getting a spotlight cast on the Ravens is FURTHER proof that shouldn’t sign him. It seems everywhere his name is mentioned, an unwanted wave of press comes flocking. He is a distraction to the team. Not worth the attention he brings. At this point they should be focused on getting ready for the season, not taking this much heat over signing or not singing a single player. Colin made his bed with his choices. We have freedom of speech. I agree he had a right to do what he did. However, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences from said speech. He is living the consequences now. Sorry my friend. That’s life.

  20. Del Hardrath says:

    sounds like he’s using Hillary’s email contact list, the guy had one good season and then started falling apart so just on his playing abilities alone he’s no great prize

  21. I guess that I am on the other side of that issue. I stopped watching SF games because of him and whatever team that he might be with, if any, I will stop watching those games also. I look for an entertainment outlet from all the political commentary that I can’t seem to otherwise escape. If I cannot escape from it for at least 3 hours, I will turn the channel.

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