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Seattle Seahawks Players Planning Group Protest Prior to First Game of Season

by: Esteban On  Thursday, September 8, 2016

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On Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks Doug Baldwin and Cliff Avril told reporters they are considering joining teammate Jeremy Lane in showing support for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his controversial national anthem protest. And they might not be the only Seahawks joining the movement.

According to linebacker Bobby Wagner, a number of players have been talking about possibly taking some sort of group action prior to Sunday’s season opener at CenturyLink Field. Wagner didn’t say whether the action would be sitting, taking a knee, or something else. He only said that, whatever the action is, they will do it as a team.

“That’s what the world needs to see,” he explained. “The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”

Though he has not yet decided what action to take himself, Doug Baldwin has been one of the most vocal and articulate supporters of the cause. Earlier this week he explained his position in a couple of Facebook posts, one of which included a lengthy statement from a friend of his in the military.

Of course, if the proposed protest does involve the national anthem in some way, it’s pretty hard to imagine everybody on the Seahawks taking part. Quarterback Russell Wilson has officially gone on record as saying that, while he respects Colin Kaepernick’s cause, he is not a fan of the anthem protest.

Will the team find a way to make a statement that everyone can get behind? We’ll have to wait and see.

Hat Tip – [Sporting News]



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