Russell Wilson On National Anthem Protests: “I Love The Flag”
Earlier this week it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks considering protesting the national anthem as a team. Quarterback Russell Wilson may not be one of them though.
First, let’s start with the facts. Despite what your Facebook friends may be sharing on their timelines, no, the Seattle Seahawks are not protesting the national anthem as a team, they are merely considering it. One Seahawks player, Jeremy Lane, protested alone in the last NFL preseason game and said that he will protest all season. Another player, Doug Baldwin, said is considering joining Lane. Outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman has also voiced his opinion on protesting the anthem and said that he’s heard his teammates discussing a protest, but he hasn’t been a part of those discussions.
So there’s that.
Now, perhaps the most visible Seahawks player since Marshawn Lynch retired, Russell Wilson has offered his two cents on the pending protest. If you follow Wilson on Instagram, you already know that he is a very patriotic guy. When he isn’t gushing over his wife Ciara, he’s either posting pictures of helping sick children or posting with the military.
When asked what he thought of Colin Kaepernick‘s protest that has sparked the idea that more NFL players should protest, here’s what he had to say:
“I think, first of all, there’s no perfect answer. 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.
“I do think there’s always issues in our country. And I think ultimately it comes back to love. Like I said to you guys before, it comes back to loving one another, appreciating one another, understanding that we’re not perfect but we need to be equal. That’s from the black community. That’s from the white community. That’s from the police officers to everybody, all of our military to everybody we get to recognize and see. Have a great appreciation for what this country is based on and what it should be based on. It should be based on equality. It should be based on people having freedom of speech—people can have that decision. I understand what he’s doing, but at the same time for me I also think about where we need to go. Where our thoughts need to be, it needs to be about love, it needs to be about caring for one another. That’s for every community every situation, every socio-economic status. If we focus on that maybe something can change and I think that’s important.”
Do you feel where “Danger Russ” is coming from?