Ahead of the Seahawks face-off against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, members of the team recently told The Seattle Times that football fans may be in for a surprise.
Receiver Doug Baldwin said he is considering joining teammate Jeremy Lane, cornerback, who sat in protest of the national anthem ahead of a game in Oakland, Calif. last week. Lane told the media he was sitting in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who earned the ire of conservative media by sitting down during the anthem late last month.
But it could be bigger than just Baldwin and Lane. Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner hinted at the possibility of a team-wide action, the Times reported.
“I have (considered it),” Baldwin said before Seattle’s practice Wednesday afternoon. “I want to make sure I get all of my ducks in a row before I do so."
While Wagner said he didn’t know if he would sit down during the anthem he said “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.”
And Seahawks coach Pete Carroll isn't holding his players back.
Carroll, who spoke before players were made available to the media, said he has talked to Lane and that the team is fine with whatever he decides to do.
“He’s pretty clear on what he did and what he was trying to express and I think it is very simple and so we’ll leave that up to him,” Carroll said. “But he understands the responsibility of it, I think, and shouldering it."
Kaepernick has been adamant that he wouldn't stand for the national anthem because people of color are being oppressed by police.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he told NFL.com. "To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."