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Seattle Seahawks Plan On Protesting National Anthem On Opening Day
San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick may have started the NFL revolution! First Broncos player Brandon Marshall took a knee and now it has been reported that the entire Seattle Seahawks team is considering sitting out on the national anthem on opening day of the season! Check out the details below…
Broncos player Brandon Marshall is the latest athlete to protest during the National Anthem, as he opted to kneel while Andra Day sang before Thursday (September 8) night’s game against the Panthers. The Broncos issued a statement following the incident, and the organization seemed understanding with Marshall’s choice to kneel, “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, who said he plans to continue to sit during the national anthem this season, may not be doing so by himself when the team opens the regular season Sunday against Miami.
Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin said Wednesday he is also considering sitting during the anthem before Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. kickoff at CenturyLink Field while linebacker Bobby Wagner said the team has been talking about a group action.
“I have (considered it),” Baldwin said before Seattle’s practice Wednesday afternoon. “I want to make sure I get all of my ducks in a row before I do so.’’
While Wagner said he didn’t know if he would sit down during the anthem he said “anything we want to do, it’s not going to be individual. It’s going to be a team thing. That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”
Wagner said he couldn’t say exactly what the team might do, saying “whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise.”
Baldwin, asked if players besides himself have considered joining Lane, said “our locker room has discussed it. So we’ll see.”
Lane sat during the anthem before last Thursday’s final preseason game at Oakland, saying he was showing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sat during the anthem a week ago Friday. Kaepernick said he sat to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid then kneeled during the anthem before another game last Friday.
Lane said Monday he plans to continue sitting.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who spoke before players were made available to the media, sanid he has talked to Lane and that the team is fine with whatever he decides to do.
“He’s pretty clear on what he did and what he was trying to express and I think it is very simple and so we’ll leave that up to him,” Carroll said. “But he understands the responsibility of it, I think, and shouldering it.’’ – via seattletimes
Good for them. If nothing else comes out of this, shout out to Colin Kaepernick for even inspiring pro-athletes to get more involved in social causes. We’ll be watching opening day of the Seattle Seahawks opening season to see if they go through with it. We’ll keep you posted!
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