What started as a one-man protest is turning into a revolution within the NFL as the entire Seattle Seahawks team is reportedly considering following San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lead and sitting 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 am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said to NFL Media, ABC News reports.
Kaepernick received both approval and vitriol from the nation. While some 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 a degree of approval, saying the quarterback is "exercising his constitutional right" and that he is protesting "some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about," ESPN reports.
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Since the start of Kaepernick's protests, two other NFL players have joined, Dead Spin reports: teammate Eric Reid and Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane. Lane himself may soon have the support of the rest of the Seahawks team.
Receiver Doug Baldwin has said that he wants to join Lane in sitting out the anthem during the next game. However, he said, “[I would like] to make sure I get all of my ducks in a row before I do so.”
Some believe the statement indicates 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. Additionally, 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.
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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, “Whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise.”