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Ray Lewis Says He ‘100 Percent’ Against Racial Injustice But Still Doesn’t ‘Agree’ With Colin Kaepernick’s Method Of Protest

Lewis discussed Kaepernick's possible future with the Baltimore Ravens on 'Undisputed.'

Ray Lewis shared another hot take on the Colin Kaepernick’s future in the NFL and his protests against police brutality. Lewis appeared on Fox Sport's Undisputed Monday (July 31) to expound on Baltimore Raven’s owner Steve Biscoitti’s earlier comments about possibly signing Kaepernick.

Over the weekend, it was announced that Bisciotti and the team consulted with fans, sponsors, and Lewis about potentially bringing Kaepernick to Baltimore.

Biscoitti made it clear that he supports the 29-year-old athlete’s right to protest, but didn’t like “the way he did it.”

Lewis followed a similar sentiment telling Undefeated hosts that while he’s “100 percent against racial injustice,” he doesn’t agree with Keapernick’s protest method.

But aside from Keapernick’s commitment to social advocacy, Lewis appeared concerned with the free agent’s ability to help the Raven’s win games.

“What I’m asking us to do as an organization is let’s make a real decision,” Lewis said. “If we’re going to do it, do it. But if we’re going to do it make sure we know why we’re doing it, and hopefully it’s to win.”

Undefeated co-host, Shannon Sharpe, pointed out that the conversation about Kaepernick is always focused on his decision to take a knee during the National Anthem, rather than police brutality (a.k.a the reason for his protests).

Lewis — who was once charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice in the death’s of two men — countered with a rant about “black on black” crime.

Apparently unaware that Keapernick’s traveling Know Your Rights Camp works in communities to help educate and empower young people, which could intern keep them off the streets, and potentially affect crime rates, Lewis concluded that no one is willing to go in black communities and "stop black folks from killing themselves."

“Me and you as men, ourselves, [we didn’t have to] watch nobody else deal with police brutality, I’ve lived it,” Lewis told Sharpe. “So understand that. Understand the dynamic of what we’re talking about.”

As pointed out in a 2016 article by Affinity Magazinethe racial breakdown of crimes are typically related to the population where the crime was committed. For example, if a black person is a victim of a violent crime and lives in a predominately black neighborhood, there’s a higher possibility that the offender will also be black.

Additionally, 2015 crime stats revealed that of 3,167 white murder victims in the U.S., more than 2,800 of the offenders were white males.

“It’s not too many people [who are] going to stand up to go in the black neighborhood’s and worry about black folks killing themselves,” Lewis continued. “[The] sooner that we figure that out then we gon’ start taking care of ourselves.”

Next up, Shannon questioned whether Bisciotti had any public comments on the 2015 death of  Baltimore's own Freddie Gray (since Keapernick's protest has become such a topic of discussion). But according to Lewis, Bisciotti shouldn’t have to show any concern about Gray dying in police custody because it’s not his “fight.”

Shannon countered, “Yes it is though Ray, this is America.”

Ultimately, Lewis lamented that the regardless of Keapernick's battle against racial injustice, the only thing that matters is whether or not he can help the Ravens “right now.”

Peep the full interview below.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Pays Tribute To His Late Father Rocky “Soulman” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's father was his hero.

The Jumanji star paid emotional tribute to his late father, WWE hall of famer, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson, in wake of the 75-year-old former wrestler's sudden death last week.

“I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way through this world,” Dwayne wrote last Friday (Jan. 17). “I was the boy sitting in the seat, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.

“Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. I’m in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally,I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease.”

“I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son,” he wrote in closing.

In an additional post thanking fans for their support, Dwayne revealed that his father died from a “massive heart attack,” brought on by a blood clot.

Rocky was born in Canada on Aug. 24, 1944. He began wrestling at 16 years old, and launched his professional wrestling career a few years later. Following his pro debut, the then budding wrestler legally changed his name from Wayde Douglas Bowles to his wrestling moniker, “Rocky Johnson.”

Over his career Rocky earned numerous championships, including the National Wrestling Alliance Georgia Champion, and a NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champions.

He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1969 and formed “The Soul Patrol” with wrestling partner, Tony Atlas. The duo made history as the WWF’s first ever black World Tag Team champions.

Following his retirement in the ‘80s, Rocky began training his son, Dwayne, who went on to joint the WWF as “The Rock,” a nod to his father’s name. Besides Dwayne, the wrestling legend also had two older children, a daughter, Wanda, and son, Curtis.

Read Dwayne's full post below.

 

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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐

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Delonte West's Recent Video Draws Swift Reaction From Former Coach Phil Martelli

Recently, a video of former NBA player Delonte West appeared on various social media accounts, showing a detained West who appeared to be distressed. The visual prompted reactions from West's college basketball coach Phil Martelli and his teammate at that time, Jameer Nelson, ESPN reports.

"Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help—please read and embrace Jameer's wisdom—we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the progressional help Delonte needs," Martelli said. "This is so very painful." In the video, West says someone with a gun approached him and physically assaulted him.

Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help - please read and embrace Jameer’s wisdom - we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful. https://t.co/8IAuTdzCc9

— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) January 21, 2020

In an interview with TMZ, West's agent Aaron Goodwin said the former Dallas Maverick's family is supporting him as well as the NBA. In 2016, West was checked in to a medical facility to treat his mental health. Since being drafted to the NBA in 2004 by the Boston Celtics, West has played for teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Dallas Mavericks.

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Nipsey Hussle Tribute At The Grammys To Feature Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch And More

On Sunday (Jan. 26), a group of artists will gather on stage to pay tribute to one of music's pivotal figures. The 62nd Grammy Awards will host a tribute to Nipsey Hussle, who's posthumously nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance ("Higher") and Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance ("Racks In The Middle)." In 2019, Hussle's debut album, Victory Lap, was nominated for Best Rap Album.

The tribute will feature appearances by YG, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, John Legend, and Kirk Franklin. In a statement, the showcase's executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, noted that it was a unanimous decision to honor the fallen lyricist.

"An activist, entrepreneur and rapper, Nipsey Hussle had a lasting impact on not just his community, but also the culture at large. There is no denying the influence he had and his legacy will be felt for generations to come," Ehrlich said. "We are honored to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipsey's life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It's sure to be a memorable performance."

On March 31, it'll mark a year since Hussle was murdered outside of his LA-based store, Marathon Clothing. Eric Holder, the suspect, was indicted by a grand jury in May for "one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon," a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reads.

The Grammys will air on CBS on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. EST.

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