The Seattle Seahawks are planning to support Colin Kaepernick from San Francisco 49er. The team is most likely to do a pregame demonstration “symbolically” before Sunday’s Week One match against the Miami Dolphins.
Some members of the Seattle Seahawks told reporters the entire team may support San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Snopes reports. The 29-year-old quarterback has been protesting racial discrimination and police violence in the U.S. by refusing to stand up for the national anthem prior to NFL games.
Many players from the Seahawks said they have discussed joining the 49er QB’s protest against racial inequities in America. However, the spokeswoman for the team did not comment.
Seahawks players like cornerback Jeremy Lane, receiver Doug Baldwin, and linebacker Bobby Wagner told Guardian that the team will have a surprise for the audience. It will be before the Seattle Seahawks match against Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
“It has to be a team first approach in order to get anything done. Whether it is Colin Kapernick’s mission-changing policy or changing things on the field, you have to be unified,” said Nate Boyer.
He was speaking during a Q&A with Fox Sports Radio and added that a common goal between different walks of life is how to influence change. Boyer said that his teammates understand that 9/11 is a very important day in our nation’s history, ESPN reports.
Boyer also explained how after 9/11, U.S. became more united. But, then after that people of the country have grown apart and hence Seattle Seahawks want to stand together on Sunday for a single cause.
The silent protest of the Seahawks team is particularly significant and poignant as the day is also the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity.
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) September 8, 2016
Talked to the @Seahawks What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification + respect for the Anthem + those that fight for our Freedom!
— Nate Boyer (@NateBoyer37) September 8, 2016