What started as a one-man protest is turning into a revolution within the NFL as the entire Seattle Seahawks team is considering to follow San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead and sit out the national anthem.
Kaepernick has become a viral sensation after sitting out the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality.
“[I will not] stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said, ABC News reports.
Kaepernick received both a wave of approval and vitriol from the nation. While many say that his actions are un-American and disrespectful to our veterans, others are defending his right to protest. Even President Barack Obama has expressed some approval according to ESPN, saying the quarterback is “exercising his constitutional right” and that he is protesting “some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about.”
Since the start of Kaepernick’s protests, two other NFL players have since joined, Dead Spin reports: his teammate Eric Reid, and Seahawks Cornerback Jeremy Lane. However, Lane himself may soon have the support of the rest of his Seahawks team.
Team receiver Doug Baldwin has said that he wants to join Lane in sitting out the anthem during the next game. However, he wants “to make sure I get all of my ducks in a row before I do so.”
The vague statement seems to imply that he hopes to have the support of the entire Seahawks team. Indeed, Baldwin confirms that having a team-wide protest has been discussed in the locker room. And, Linebacker Bobby Wagner has agreed with Baldwin, saying that these protests should not be an individual effort.
“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, according to Dead Spin.
The Seahawks are set to play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Wagner has yet to say what the team is planning for the game, but has said that “whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise.”