Lewis told a Baltimore sports radio station he wasn’t dissing the flag or the anthem when he took a knee.
“I would never protest against my flag,” he told WJZ-FM. “It’s just me. I do too much for my country. I do too much for my city. I’ve invested my life into making people around me better, and the people less fortunate than me.”
Lewis said he got on his knees because he has a First Amendment right to protest “just like everybody else.”
But Lewis has also caught flak from those who support the football players’ protests.
In August, Lewis posted a video to TMZ Sports in which he said ex-NFL QB Colin Kaepernick — who started the protests last year — shouldn’t use the football field as a venue to promote social change. So he’s being slammed as a hypocrite by some, including former teammate Shannon Sharpe, who blasted Lewis on his show on Fox Sports 1.
A spokesman for the Ravens told CNN he would check to see if the team had a response to the petition.