A petition to remove former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’ statue in front of Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium 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. 

The petition was started on change.org.

“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. “The additional officers and other security enhancements have been in place since Sunday afternoon.”

Lewis, arguably one of the most beloved figures in franchise history who was part of two Super Bowl championship teams, joined 13 current Ravens — and more than 200 players around the NFL — in protesting on Sunday. They were responding to President Donald Trump’s comments last week, when he called for players who kneel during the anthem to be fired and has continued to press the NFL in recent days. 

“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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