[UPDATE] Doug Baldwin, wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, who has been vocal about supporting Kaepernick’s protest, previously indicated there may be a teamwide protest of the national anthem this Sunday. Since then, he has indicated the opposite would occur, and honoring and respecting the anthem would take place instead.
When approached in the locker room by reporters, Baldwin declined to elaborate further, saying “you’ll see on Sunday.”
Perhaps reports, as linked below, that there would be a protest from some – or all – of the players was premature. Baldwin may personally agree with Kaepernick, but that might not extend to himself, or his teammates joining in with the protest. Regardless, we’ll find out on Sunday at the Seahawks v Dolphins game. Hopefully they’ll take a moment to honor the flag on a day when national pride and unity needs to be as strong as ever.
Along with attention-seekers like NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe, the entire Seattle Seahawks team will protest the national anthem.
The protest will take place during Sunday’s opening game against the Miami Dolphins. What is also this Sunday? The 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in which approximately 3,000 men and women lost their lives at the hands of cowardly, bloodthirsty terrorists.
U.S. Uncut reports:
In their home opener against the Miami Dolphins, the Seattle Seahawks have planned a “big surprise” during the national anthem, according to starting linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner emphasized that the entire roster will take part in the protest, though he didn’t specify if the team would sit or kneel.
“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 told the Seattle Times.
The team has the support of head coach Pete Carroll, who recently stood up for cornerback Jeremy Lane when he sat during the national anthem in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last Thursday before Seattle’s final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.
“Coming together” over their non-oppression and attempting to overshadow what should be an even more poignant moment of remembrance? How brave.
The NFL hasn’t really done much of anything about the temper tantrums of Kaepernick and others, but they were quick to deny the Cowboys’ request to honor fallen police officers who died in the July 7th Dallas sniper attack .
I understand that Kaepernick, the Seattle Seahawks, and anyone blessed to be an American has the absolute freedom to protest what they consider to be injustices. I also have the right to call them out as the selfish, spoiled, incorrect fools that they are.
But this is just the latest example of a disturbing trend in America; cheap martyrdom. Protesting the national anthem on the grounds Kaepernick provided is not brave social leadership. It’s childish posturing of a kind that’s becoming more frequent. America gives Kaepernick, the Seahawks, and the rest of us unique opportunities for prosperity. This kind of protest under normal circumstances seems ungrateful; doing it on 9/11 is abhorrent.