Two of the strongest personalities on the Seattle Seahawks roster are coming to lend support to Colin Kaepernick.
According to Bob Condett of the Seattle Times, via Doug Baldwin — the Seahawks could take part in a team wide anthem protest put together by the wide receiver and Bobby Wagner.
To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity.
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) September 8, 2016
Wagner said he didn’t know if he would sit down during the anthem, but made it clear 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.”
After some more planning and time to think — along with conversation with Nate Boyer, the former Green Beret who spent last summer on the Seahawks — Seattle is now planning a more unify demonstration.
Talked to the @Seahawks What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification + respect for the Anthem + those that fight for our Freedom!
— Nate Boyer (@NateBoyer37) September 8, 2016
During a call with Fox Sports Radio, Boyer offered more details about the team’s thinking — and it’s likely that the demonstration is a move to unify the country, but definitely provide tribute to the military.
“It has to be a team-first approach in order to get anything done,” Boyer said. “Whether it is [Colin] Kaepernick’s mission changing policy or changing things on the field, you have to be unified. Showing a common goal between different walks of life is how you influence change.
“I spoke with the players, and they realize that 9/11 is a very important day in our nation’s history. The Seahawks, and probably every team, will be honoring those who serve in camouflage and also those in blue who served on such a difficult day. Shortly after 9/11, our country seemed more unified than I had ever experienced and was the most unified it has been since I have been alive. Since that date, we have grown farther apart in our unity. Standing together this Sunday is key to making progress. What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification.
It looks like we won’t know anything until Sunday.