REPORT: Now an Entire NFL Team May Refuse to Stand For The National Anthem
It started with one player, then a teammate. That was followed by other players from opposing teams. Even this Thursday's first official NFL 2016 season game beared witness to a player protest, but a whole team? Surely not, right? Wrong.
Pete Carroll is an excellent football coach. He's done wonders during his stints at USC and now with the Seattle Seahawks. But the man also has a penchant for being an oddball politically. He's one a small group who call themselves "truthers," who believe that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job.
Perhaps that conspiracy-theorist background is why Carroll's team is planning a mass demonstration for their football game which is scheduled to be played on September 11.
Though reports have been mixed about whether the demonstration will actually take place, there have been rumors that the entire Seahawks team is planning a demonstration of "unity" by sitting or boycotting the national anthem in some way.
The Seahawks already have one player, cornerback Jeremy Lane, who followed the example of Colin Kaepernick and sat down during the playing of the national anthem at the last Seahawks game. Lane told media that he was sitting down because of racial inequality, and that's what has led the team to hint that they might be boycotting the national anthem all together this coming Sunday.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said that the purpose of the team demonstration, whatever form it takes, will be unity.
"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."
Though other team members have now come forward and said that the boycott of the national anthem won't be happening, plans change and the media outrage on both sides of the issue will definitely play a part in whatever does happen.
It's so sad that these NFL players refuse to use their status as public figures for unity and support of America. Instead they want to be divisive. Perhaps we should boycott watching their games in return.
h/t: The Federalist
UPDATE* Seahawks player Doug Baldwin has spoke out saying that America will 'like what we do on Sunday'.
But exactly what that is remains to be seen.