Ray Lewis fans stand in solidarity after petition to remove statue surfaces

Posted at 7:31 PM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-01 20:07:04-04

More than forty people stood in solidarity to pray for peace in front of ex-Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis statue Saturday afternoon, including Ray’s mother and children.

Ray’s mom Sunseria “Buffy” Smith alongside fans decided to take action after a petition to take down the iconic statue surfaced.

Last Sunday Ray joined his former teammates in kneeling during the national anthem.

Many NFL fans were shocked at Ray’s gesture after he warned free agent Colin Kaepernick to keep quiet about his social activism earlier this year.

Yet, Ray kneeled along with a slew of current players who were protesting President Donald Trump's recent criticisms of the NFL and its players.

While some applauded Ray for his actions, others weren't pleased at the alleged disrespect for the American flag.

In response, Eric Moniodis started an online petition asking team owner Steve Bisciotti to remove the statue of Lewis that sits outside Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. 

The petition has gained more than 70,000 signatures as of Saturday afternoon.

Ray said on Tuesday during an episode of Inside the NFL that he was praying and not protesting when he kneeled.