Facing a tide of criticism from angry Ravens fans for his decision to kneel on the field in London last Sunday, Ray Lewis and his mom are pushing back against the call for his bronze statue to come down.
The Baltimore Ravens’ most legendary player is now caught in the middle of two of America’s biggest social controversies: removals of controversial statues, and the ongoing National Anthem protests sweeping the NFL.
The Democratic president of Maryland’s senate is upset about emails – specifically those relating to the removal of Roger Taney’s bronze likeness outside the State House.
The sculpture sat behind the bar at Peter’s Inn, Baltimore’s unassuming, award-winning Fells Point restaurant. (No surprise that it’s John Waters’s pick for “the best restaurant in all of Baltimore.”)
The bronze sculpture was dramatic looking, to say the least — a pair of twin human babies suckling a giant, stylized wolf. Those twins were, presumably, Romulus and Remus, the two legendary founders of Rome; in 1918, the sculpture was presented to Samuel L. Fuller, the head of the Rome Red Cross during World War II. Fuller happens to be Peter’s Inn owner Karin Tiffany’s great grandfather, so the sculpture wasn’t just a badass piece of art; it was also a beloved family heirloom. And last week, right before Thanksgiving, someone stole it.
“I’m a city girl,” Tiffany says. “I’ve been burglarized when I was sleeping, I’ve been mugged on 25th Street. But this belongs to my family, and it feels personal. I think I’d rather get mugged again [than lose this statue].”