"That song honors our country and our veterans who fought for it", the petition reads, per Baltimore Sun.
The petition received several thousand signatures, and the stadium authority didn't hesitate to station extra security around the statue. "You stand for the National Anthem as a salute to those who can't stand because they fought for this land".
"To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting", it continues."I will not stand for that kind of disrespect towards our country, especially from a legend such as Ray Lewis".
"There is additional security at the statue plaza at this time", said Rachelina Bonacci, a spokesperson for the authority, which is the team's stadium landlord.
Lewis, whose clumsy remarks regarding Colin Kaepernick made his decision to kneel seem ironic to say the least, has offered up some equally clumsy remarks in the aftermath of Sunday's game regarding the notion that he was praying not kneeling.
President Trump, in an interview that aired Thursday on "Fox and Friends", continued to call for NFL owners to take action against those who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
Lewis' statue was unveiled in September 2014, month after Lewis won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens and retired.
"I dropped on two knees - both knees - so I can simply honor God in the midst of chaos", he said on Showtime's Inside the NFL.