Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks against the United States, but some NFL players won’t be standing during the national anthem.
San Francisco backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem throughout the preseason and he plans to continuing protesting in an effort to raise awareness about police violence against blacks and other people of color.
But players from the Seattle Seahawks are considering uniting as a team to do something to help push Kaepernick’s cause. It could be the entire team sitting, or doing something else to make a statement.
Whatever happens, linebacker Bobby Wagner told the Seattle Times that it’s “going to be a team thing.”
“That’s what the world needs to see,” he said. “The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”
“Even if it wasn’t September 11 the point of the protest is to get people to think,” Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin added. “I think it’s very ironic to me that 15 years ago on Sept. 11 was one of the most devastating times in U.S .history and after that day we were probably the most unified that we have ever been. And today we struggle to see the unity.”
Baldwin, who led the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns last season, took to Twitter last week to represent his thoughts on Kaepernick’s protest.
“Our locker room has discussed it so we’ll see,” Baldwin said when asked if they’ll protest on Sunday, according to KING5 TV in Washington.