US Military Official Cautioned Ravens Coach Against Signing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick was reportedly close to receiving a contract from Baltimore before his girlfriend made an incendiary post on social media

Colin Kaepernick was reportedly close to receiving a contract from Baltimore before his girlfriend made an incendiary post on social media

The TMZ report alleges that coach John Harbaugh sought advice from friends while he was considering Kaepernick.

TMZ Sports reports that at least one high-ranking USA military official advised the Ravens not to sign Kaepernick over his decision to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. Instead they signed journeyman backup quarterback Thad Lewis to the team.

Teams were and are still hesitant to sign Kaepernick, who drew national attention last season when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans.

Kaepernick led the 49ers to the playoffs in 2013, and ultimately Super Bowl XLVII, where they lost to the Ravens.

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According to TMZ Sports, the official basically advised Harbaugh not to sign Kaepernick because of the quarterback's decision to kneel during the national anthem out of protest. He said, at the time, the team was still "going through a process".

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.

TMZ reports that the official is not a fan of Kaepernick and when news of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh signing the free agent before the 2017 National Football League season went viral, he sought advice from a few trusted confidants.

Kaepernick accused the NFL of collusion past year when sub-par players like Thad Lewis got jobs while he continues to be out of football.

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