The protest initiated by San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick may be expanding in a major way.
Throughout the entire preseason, Kaepernick has been sitting or kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protest for racial equality.
As this movement transcends across the entire athletic community, it is rumored that the Seattle Seahawks will remain seated as a team while the anthem plays before their season opener, which is set for Sept. 11.
If this actually occurs, the demonstration would speak volumes considering Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and each year on that day, American patriotism reaches its peak.
The entire day is devoted to honoring those who lost their lives on that unforgettable morning back in 2001, and paying homage to the emergency services personnel who worked diligently to try to save as many lives as they could.
With that said, if the Seahawks show solidarity with Kaepernick by staying seated during the anthem, critics will undoubtedly have a field day dragging the players through the mud.
The rumor of this protest was sparked by Seahawks’ linebacker Bobby Wagner who hinted at the possibility of a team-wide demonstration in an interview with The Seattle Times.
“Anything we want to do, it’s not going to be individual,” Wagner reportedly told The Seattle Times on Wednesday. “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.”
He added that, “Whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise.”
The irony that 9/11 coincides with the Seahawks’ possible protest is not lost on Wagner’s teammate, Doug Baldwin, who suggested that the day was fitting for such a demonstration to take place.
"Even if it wasn’t Sept. 11, the point of the protest is to get people to think,” Baldwin said.
“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," he added.
One thing we can anticipate is that Sunday’s match will probably be one of the highest rated NFL season openers in recent history as many Americans will be tuning in to find out what the Seahawks have up their sleeves.
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