Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem has been spreading across the sports world, now a division rival may be embracing it. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane has already joined the protest, and now linebacker Bobby Wagner and receiver Doug Baldwin may join him. In fact, the entire Seahawks roster may sit in solidarity with the San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
Wagner said he didn’t know if he was going to sit but that, “anything we want to do, it’s not going to be individual. 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.”
When asked if other players on the team have considered joining Lane’s protest, Baldwin said, “our locker room has discussed it. So we’ll see.”
Baldwin said he has heard from veterans who have supported a series of tweets he posted defending the protest. He had the following to say about it:
“My grandfather being in the military, it hit home for me as well, and specifically it’s the veterans. 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.”
Baldwin also said he has been in contact with Kaepernick over the last few days.
Wagner said the Seahawks organization and coaches won’t dictate what the players do.
“We have the freedom to do whatever we want here. Whatever we decide to do, we ain’t gonna get into too much trouble. We’re big kids now.”
When it closes in on kickoff at CenturyLink Field on Sunday all eyes will be on the Seahawks to see what they decide to do.