The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly discussing the possibility of making a major political statement in the season-opener.
According to a report from the Seattle Times, linebacker Bobby Wagner says the team is considering protesting the national anthem as a group when they open the season against the Miami Dolphins.
The protest would be a gigantic sign of solidarity and support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made nation headlines for his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest the racial injustices in this country.
“Anything we want to do, it’s not going to be individual. It’s going to be a team thing,” Wagner said. “That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”
In the preseason finale, cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on the bench during the anthem to support Kaepernick’s cause.
For the entire team to do so would send a very strong and powerful message to the country. Head coach Pete Carroll has already said he will support whatever the team chooses to do.
There has been no decision on whether the team protest will happen, but it will certainly be worth watching when the team prepares for kickoff at 4:05 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Field.