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Russell Wilson, quarterback for the defending NFL champions Seattle Seahawks, is off to a rocky start in 2014 with the squad after a 3-3 record. After the recent trading of wide receiver Percy Harvin, reports have come forth that Wilson’s teammates say that the pigskin slinger isn’t Black enough.

Bleacher Report writer Mike Freeman profiled Wilson and the Seahawks, using a comparison of a rift between former Philadelphia Eagles stars Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens. The quarterback and wide receiver publicly bickered on and off field, which led to the not so surprising booting of Owens from the team.

As noted in the report, Wilson and Harvin allegedly had some issues in the locker room and may have led to his trading to the New York Jets. But adding to the rumors from Freeman’s inside sources, Harvin was getting successful in rallying the team against Wilson in shifting their thinking that the quarterback was too close to the front office.

Bleacher Report writes:

There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed. My feeling on this—and it’s backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players—is that some of the black players think Wilson isn’t black enough.

This, again, was similar to the situation with McNabb. And this, again, will be denied by Seattle people. But there is an element of this.

This is an issue that extends outside of football, into African-American society—though it’s gotten better recently. Well-spoken blacks are seen by some other blacks as not completely black. Some of this is at play.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was seen yelling at Wilson during a game last week, later offering a profanity-laden tirade about how badly the team’s offense has played in the past few weeks. Wilson has yet to comment on the Harvin trade or the other allegations.