Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit – then kneel – for the National Anthem is spreading like prairie fire. As individual players throughout the NFL are coming out to show their support, the Seattle Seahawks may be taking it to a much higher level.
While we don’t have many details as to what the team has planned, various players have hinted that they’ll be coming together for some sort of demonstration during the playing of the National Anthem this Sunday, which will also be Sept. 11.
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
Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who was briefly signed to the Seahawks last summer, has spoken to the team and reported back that their demonstration will be, “a powerful sign of unification + respect for the Anthem + those that fight for our Freedom!”
When speaking to FOX Sports Radio, Boyer offered some more context, according to ESPN.
“It has to be a team-first approach in order to get anything done,” Boyer said. “Whether it is 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.”
So far, the language about the event is being chosen very carefully. It’s not really clear whether the entire team is going to come out and turn their backs to the flag or run around the stadium with their own flags singing “Yankee Doodle.” It’s very likely that millions of people will be tuned in for their matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
If things turn out well, this could be even bigger than when the Missouri Tigers football team threatened to boycott if the school’s president didn’t resign.
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