Seattle Seahawk’s Russell Wilson Will Not Join NFL Flag Protests – Here’s Why
Flag and national anthem protests have grown around the NFL after first being started by Colin Kaepernick. According to the Seattle Seahawks website, Russell Wilson will not be joining them. The reason why is inspiring.
This is the quote from last Tuesday's press conference as documented the Seattle Seahawks.
"I think, first of all, there’s no perfect answer," Wilson said. "I understand and respect the cause because there’s so much going on in America right now. There’s so much hurt, there’s so much pain. Ultimately, I understand what he’s doing. For me, I love the flag, I love the national anthem because it’s an emotional time for me because I’m so grateful I get to play on the football field. Every time I get to put my hand on my heart it’s truly an honor to the military for me. I think about my family members who have served and friends. I train down in San Diego all the time, so I’m around the Navy and I see those guys. Just to see those guys around and all they do for our country and the people in Afghanistan and all these people fighting - 9/11 for example, coming up here, that’s going to be our first game, and I think about all the pain from that. That’s why I stand and put my hand on the heart.
Where this gets interesting is a report by ESPN that the Seattle Seahawks are planning some type of symbolic gesture as a team this Sunday.
Will Russell join his teammates in this "gesture"? We'll all find out Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks open their regular season.