LEWIS STATUE GUARDED

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - — A.J. Perez From USA TODAY Sports staff and wire re­ports

A pe­ti­tion on Change.org to re­move the statue of for­mer Ravens line­backer Ray Lewis in front of M&T Bank Sta­dium in Bal­ti­more has gar­nered more than 57,000 sig­na­tures, and the dis­sent over Lewis go­ing to both knees dur­ing the na­tional an­them last week­end has led to ex­tra se­cu­rity around the statue. “Cer­tainly, ob­servers can no­tice the pres­ence of uni­formed se­cu­rity of­fi­cers at M&T Bank Sta­dium, which in­cludes the statue plaza,” Rache­lina Bonacci, a spokesper­son for the Mary­land Sta­dium Au­thor­ity, told The Bal­ti­more Sun. Lewis joined 13 cur­rent Ravens in protest­ing in re­sponse to Pres­i­dent Trump’s com­ments. “You hear peo­ple say I took a knee,” Lewis said on Show­time’s In­side the NFL. “Ab­so­lutely not. I did not take a knee. ... I didn’t drop on one knee in or­der to protest. I dropped on two knees, both knees, so I can sim­ply honor God in the midst of chaos.”

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