NFL players claim they could get entire team to protest national anthem – on Sept 11

Despite the backlash San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick received for his decision to protest the national anthem, at least two Seattle Seahawks players are encouraging their entire team to join him in solidarity.

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat for the anthem before the team’s final preseason game. Linebacker Bobby Wagner thought that was a grand idea and told the Seattle Times the entire team might join him during the home opener on September 11, the date of perhaps the worst national tragedy in American history, no less.

Wagner told the Times his team was ready for “group action.”

“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 Times.

“Whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise,” he added.

Lane said he will sit for the anthem all season and Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said he is considering it, the Times reported.

“I have (considered it),” Baldwin said before practice on Wednesday. “I want to make sure I get all of my ducks in a row before I do so.”

When asked if others on the team would join Lane, and whoever else decides to protest, Baldwin told the Times “our locker room has discussed it. So we’ll see.”

Baldwin posted a series of tweets on Friday about Lane and Kaepernick’s protests.

“My grandfather being in the military, it hit home for me as well, and specifically it’s the veterans,” Baldwin said. “That’s more heartening to me than anything is the veterans that have reached out and said that’s what they fought for, that’s what they sacrificed their lives for, is to give people back home under the flag, under this country, the opportunity to stand up or sit for what they believe in.”

He said he wasn’t worried about backlash from his teammates who disagreed with his stance.

“It’s different in our locker room,” he told the Times. “We kind of give each other a lot of slack, so whatever decisions you make, we understand we are all human beings. Some of us might not agree, some of us will agree. But at the same time we give each other slack because we know we are all human beings.”

Wagner agreed.

“We have the freedom to do whatever we want here,” he said. “Whatever we decide to do, we ain’t gonna get into too much trouble. We’re big kids now.

Big kids, maybe. Adults? No.

“We have a very special group of guys in here,” Wagner added. “I think that’s probably not going to be seen until way, way down the line, but the group of guys that are in here are second to none. You’ll never see another team like this ever again, whenever it’s done.”

Baldwin said the team would take the date of the opening game into consideration before making a decision.

“I think that anybody should be thinking about that,” he said. “Even if it wasn’t September 11 the point of the protest is to get people to think. 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.

“And it’s very ironic to me that this date is coming up. So it’s going to be a special day, a very significant day, but at the same time I am looking forward to the may changes and differences, the changes we can make in this country to make better changes in our country.”

Perhaps they took a listen to some fans because it appears they might already be backing off.

Is that because the backlash was brutal?

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Carmine Sabia

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