↑ The Ravens Who Kneeled
Following outlandish and un-American remarks by President Donald Trump that any player who protests during the "Star-Spangled Banner" is a "son of a bitch" and should be fired, a group of more than a dozen Ravens took a knee during the anthem before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. It was the first of many anthem protests on Sunday, and included Ravens stars such as wide receiver Mike Wallace, linebackers Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley, and safety Tony Jefferson. In the aftermath, Trump tried to make the protest about the flag and the troops, but it has always been about racial inequality and police brutality. Props to all the protesting players for standing up to Trump.
↑ Steve Bisciotti
The team owner handled everything pretty poorly when the Ravens flirted with signing Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback responsible for amplifying protests during the anthem. There was a report he resisted signing Kaepernick even after head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome were in favor of it, and Bisciotti weirdly solicited advice from the public and Ray Lewis. Following the protests Sunday, Bisciotti issued a simple yet strong statement in support of the demonstration. In this case, he did the right thing.
←→ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 44-7, and looked entirely overmatched in every phase of the game. It was maybe the worst game in franchise history. But, in the days leading up to their trip abroad, team president Dick Cass, tight end Benjamin Watson, and legendary safety Ed Reed toured Renaissance Academy High School after the completion of a $1.5 million renovation project that the Ravens financed. That kind of community work is commendable, and while most people only care about what happens on the field, the work that happens off it is also important.
After two wins in which he managed the game fairly well, quarterback Joe Flacco looked completely lost against Jacksonville. The Ravens never got anything going with the running game either, but Flacco's line of 8-for-18 for 28 yards with two interceptions was absolutely dreadful. Suddenly, everything about the once-promising season is now in doubt as the Ravens now face the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders in consecutive weeks. Flacco needs to get it together, or hey, there's a certain free agent signal caller still looking for work.
↓ Ray Lewis
The Hall of Fame nominee linebacker saw fit to meet with Trump in the early days of his white supremacist presidency, said he didn't agree with Colin Kaepernick's "method of protest," and publicly defended the Ravens for not signing Kaepernick. Before the Ravens game in London, Lewis did a complete about-face and decided to join players in kneeling during the anthem. What a charlatan. Given that this is Ray Lewis we're talking about, the whole thing reeks of an opportunistic grab for time in the limelight. Nobody has forgotten all your other bullshit, Ray.