As Football Picks Up, So Does More National Anthem Protests

Following national anthem protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane, more members of the Seahawks might join together with Kaepernick’s movement to kneel during the national anthem. The Seahawks players may make the statement in their season-opening matchup against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner said Wednesday that the team will unify to promote racial justice and equality for all Americans, regardless of skin color. “Anything that we want to do, it’s not going to be individual,” Wagner said ahead of practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. “It’s going to be a team thing because that’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”

On Thursday night, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeled during the national anthem at the start of the season opener. The television broadcast showed Marshall on one knee as other Broncos teammates and the entire Carolina Panthers team were standing. Singer Andra Day performed the anthem at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“I’m not against the military, I’m not against the police or America. I’m just against social injustice,” Marshall said in a post game interview. One complicating factor for the Seahawks could be that Sunday’s game falls on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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