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Baldwin says Sunday being September 11 plays into thinking on potential protest

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 6: Xavier Rhodes #29 of the Minnesota Vikings tackles Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks after a reception during the second quarter of the game on December 6, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has not decided if he’ll join 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — and others, including teammate Jeremy Lane — in some sort of protest related to the national anthem before Sunday’s season opener vs. the Dolphins.

Baldwin has made it clear he’s “thinking things through,” and he’s certainly aware that Sunday is Sept. 11, the 15th anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington D.C. that changed America forever.

“Absolutely. I think that anybody should be thinking about that,” Baldwin said, per the team’s official transcript. “Even if it wasn’t September 11, the point of the protest is to get people to think. I think it’s very ironic that 15 years ago, on September 11, it was one of the most devastating times in U.S. history, but after that day we were probably the most unified we’ve ever been.

“Today, you struggle to see the unity and it’s very ironic to me that this day is coming up. It’s going to be a special day, a very significant day, but at the same time I’m looking forward to making better changes in our country.”

Baldwin said he’s spoken at length with Kaepernick, and also with many of his Seahawks teammates on issues such as police brutality and equality that Kaepernick is trying to bring to the forefront. Baldwin said he received mixed feedback after he spoke up for Kaepernick on social media but said much of it was positive, especially from military veterans.

“My grandfather being in the military, it hit home for me,” Baldwin said. “It’s the veterans who have reached out and said, that’s what they fought for, that’s what they sacrificed their lives for, to give people back home under the flag, under this country, the opportunity to stand up or sit for what they believe in. That was very heartening for me to hear that and that response from the veterans.”

Though Baldwin told reporters he’s “not sure how realistic it is” that athletes speaking out and taking stands on political issues can really affect change, he feels he’s doing the right thing by sharing his opinions and keeping his options open regarding what else he may do.

“I think the point is to bring attention and awareness to your protest, to bring attention to what’s going on,” he said. “I think that is what the issue is here. We’re missing the message in terms of what we’re talking about. It’s not necessarily about the messenger or the protest itself. It’s about what we’re pointing to. I’ll just leave it at that.”

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  1. speedkills510 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:59 PM

    Guys like Baldwin and kap symbolize exactly what is wrong with this country instead of the solution..and I’m mexican….people should start being proud of being American instead of segregating themselves…Just another example of the entitled punks liberals have created in our great country!

  2. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:03 PM

    LOL. This is getting to be like a good monkey act you used to see. Love it.

  3. najacoo22 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:07 PM

    It’s all a selfish, attention-grabbing ploy.

    If they really cared about the issue, they would be giving their time and resources to the cause.

  4. ariani1985 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:08 PM

    Does this diva ever shut up? Besides the Seahawk fans, 90 percent of fans didn’t know little Dougie existed!

  5. therealraider says: Sep 7, 2016 10:12 PM

    Acting Anti-American on 911 will make you public enemy number 1. These guys are embarrassing the schools they supposedly attended.

  6. hitit49 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:13 PM

    You hear about all the veterans that are in support of the protest. All .005% of them

  7. suncawy says: Sep 7, 2016 10:14 PM

    For just this one weekend being Sept 11, ALL NFL players should stand for the national anthem out of respect to those that lost their lives that that day 15 years ago. Put aside your bitterness and selfishness, think about others besides yourself, for this 1 time.

  8. futures44 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:17 PM

    Go ahead and protest. So that we can boycott the Seahawks all year.

  9. lowriderfxr says: Sep 7, 2016 10:18 PM

    As it should. Why disrespect our country on any old day, when you can do it on Patriot Day when many Americans of all colors lost their lives to a foreign enemy and terroristic act. Yeah that makes sense.

  10. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:19 PM

    You are asking to be hated if you protest the American flag on the 9/11 anniversary. I will literally hate any player that sits during the anthem or protests this country on Sunday. Put your damn ego aside for one day. You have to truly hate this country to sit the anthem on the 9/11 anniversary.

  11. absolutevisuals says: Sep 7, 2016 10:19 PM

    We were unified unless you were somebody suspected to be Muslim. So with the good there was still bad. And that’s not something I’m saying as a “liberal media sheep,” something based on truth. If anybody remembers that time, how many stories of people were arrested for being “suspects” came out daily? You never heard anything again either as they were all pretty much let go, but the news doesn’t cover that. Much like how a lot of the attacks and murders of people that can be suspected to resemble “Muslims” didn’t make major news either. By the way as an aside, most murders don’t make major news. Just pointing out that even in our grand unity (which didn’t last long), somebody had to suffer.

  12. flairoholic says: Sep 7, 2016 10:24 PM

    Where’s the protest on criminals putting police officer’s lives in jeopardy?

  13. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 7, 2016 10:24 PM

    All U.S. citizens should stand as one on 9/11.

    Let’s roll.

  14. minormillikin says: Sep 7, 2016 10:27 PM

    Football players are pretty stupid.

  15. sdchicken says: Sep 7, 2016 10:27 PM

    I think starting a conversation that is constructive is a good thing to help us come together, to evolve, to better society. I recognize and respect their right to protest, I just wish it wasn’t during the national anthem as it comes off as disrespectful to our military. I don’t think anyone watches that and thinks about the true issues of racism and police brutality. I think any athlete who has the spotlight and millions of dollars could choose a different platform to get more people behind positive social change.

  16. wyrdawg says: Sep 7, 2016 10:28 PM

    From this veteran: sitting on your butt during the National Anthem is showing ignorance and total disrespect. Kneeling shows reverence but still calls into play the “protest”. It’s perfect. It actually displays the contemplation that’s supposed to accompany the National Anthem, as opposed to being a virtual starting gun for drinking more beer and being a general ass in public.

    I’ll submit this: NFL players have done and are doing more for their country than the average Joe making all these crappy comments about this situation. Even some who have served in the military. If you feel strongly about change, you should do it.

    … btw.. Get that Michael Bennett guy to put his money where his (and his brother’s) mouth is. I would’ve expected it would’ve been him (or his brother) to start this trend.

  17. stampnhawk says: Sep 7, 2016 10:31 PM

    Cmon Doug, you’re a leader, not a follower.

  18. demskinsbaby says: Sep 7, 2016 10:32 PM

    Some people don’t want to be killed by the Police on traffic stops.
    Some people seem to hate that sentiment.

  19. gripless says: Sep 7, 2016 10:33 PM

    This might be the issue that helps to bring down the NFL and the success it has. If these bums start colluding and conspiring on protests, time to boycott games and not sponsoring the NFL.

    At the end of the day, they are over paid employees and should do nothing more than their employer allows

    By the way, the crimes are in Chicago, not police departments.

  20. demskinsbaby says: Sep 7, 2016 10:34 PM

    “Especially from military vets”.. There goes that excuse from the pundits.

  21. eyeh8whiteppl says: Sep 7, 2016 10:38 PM

    Do this next week Baldwin.

  22. andyreidsbossoms says: Sep 7, 2016 10:48 PM

    I can’t believe the brain behind all of this wears a flat brim hat. Wow!

  23. kevpft says: Sep 7, 2016 10:53 PM

    “We’re missing the message in terms of what we’re talking about.”

    That’s what happens when the form a protest takes is completely symbolic and ambiguous.

    These guys want their message to be understood? Speak in an informed way to the problems during every press opportunity you get. Spend time away from the field actually doing some social activism, or social work that helps address the issue.

    Nothing these guys do on a football field is going to change anything. Take it outside.

  24. drcap says: Sep 7, 2016 11:04 PM

    Well said, Stanford man.

  25. tyelee says: Sep 7, 2016 11:07 PM

    Kneel, sit, how about just stay home… The game doesn’t need this circus!… None of this is making anything change…

    How many lives have been saved by this? 0
    Everyone in the world – Oh some football players are kneeling to protest the anthem, we better start treating one another better!
    Get real!

  26. mcjon22 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:14 PM

    It’s the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

    Whatever feelings you may have towards problems in our society, standing for our national anthem on a day when thousands of innocent Americans of all races and backgrounds were murdered simply because they went to work, shouldn’t be in question.

  27. truthfactory says: Sep 7, 2016 11:17 PM

    So he’s complaining about the lack of unity while also planning on how to protest something and cause an additional divide??

    He’s right, we were the most unified 15 years ago… because we all looked at each other as “Americans”. Now every race is playing the victim card and then you wonder why we are so divided?

    You can’t just be a neutral observer now. It’s gotten so bad that yo have to pick a side, and it pits us all against each other. I literally feel like all this garbage has set us back 30 years, despite the participants feeling like it’s progressing their cause. Unfortunately, it’s had the opposite effect.

    Democrats don’t want to end racism… they want to exploit it. And they fall for it for decades on end as their inner cities crumble under decades of democratic leadership… yet they won’t vote them out. Definition of insanity if you ask me.

  28. dirtycallahan says: Sep 7, 2016 11:18 PM

    I still have no clear idea of what these guys are “protesting.” These clowns want to make a statement? Be more like Pat Tillman, a true hero, and commit to something you believe in. Until they do something real they are just looking for attention.

  29. levanderwilliams says: Sep 7, 2016 11:25 PM

    Just catch the ball Doug. I need fantasy numbers!

  30. bsizemore68 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:37 PM

    We fans paid to see the ball game, and not some fool show his ass with stupid protest, do it on your own time away from the ball park. This is why the league has problems with players, they should stop the prayer circle, flag protest and leaved that crap out side. Bill

  31. diveleft says: Sep 7, 2016 11:39 PM

    Please, for once, do the right thing Roger and get this nonsense under control before you have a much bigger mess to deal with. Fans don’t attend games or watch them on TV to see the Flag be disrespected. If the players are going to make a mochery of the Flag, teams should do like that women’s soccer game and play the anthem before these clowns are on the field.

  32. cabosan1978 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:40 PM

    Quit putting yourself above the team. Let us enjoy the anthem guys. Your attention grab is for yourself…make a difference outside of the game. This has nothing to do with football.

  33. mclovin07 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:41 PM

    Another idiot….sigh

  34. rfmist8 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:55 PM

    According to a report from Christopher Baxter and Jonathan Salant of NJ.com, the Department of Defense has paid 14 different NFL teams a total of $5.4 million over the last four years in exchange for patriotic displays at games.

    So much for Goodell and the NFL’s stand on patriotism…once again, it’s all about the money!

  35. knew8411 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:58 PM

    If it is unity you are seeking, keep in mind that…
    the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has not done a thing to help unify this country.
    That is part of his job….to keep this country together.
    Let’s hope that whoever the next POTUS is that he/she can do a better job at keeping us all away from each others throats.

  36. mf8590 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:03 AM

    I’m behind you in whatever you decide to do and I respect the fact that you are speaking up on behalf of Colin…who despite what some people may think…is a courageous individual that has earned my respect and the hearts of many more for taking a stand on inequality and police brutality against blacks.

  37. napalmdale says: Sep 8, 2016 12:03 AM

    Not gonna spread hate here, but I can’t see a protest on 9/11 going over very well. Can we just drop this and get back to the game…

  38. cdace13 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:03 AM

    Don’t screw with 9/11!! Just………..don’t.

  39. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 8, 2016 12:10 AM

    More hot political takes from the sports crowd!! OH BOY!!!

  40. brewster1 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:11 AM

    Doug Baldwin gets it.

  41. justsayin70 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:22 AM

    Yeah, go ahead and wear that race card on your sleeve, losers.

  42. buckethead1 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:48 AM

    Says the guy who mimics taking a dump with a football…

  43. biggs13 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:51 AM

    As if the world didn’t hate the Seahags already.

  44. raidermark says: Sep 8, 2016 1:25 AM

    Baldwin who? Shut up and sing.

  45. revskip says: Sep 8, 2016 1:34 AM

    Good for Baldwin.

    Say whatever you want about Kaepernick, he is backing up his silent protest with large amounts of cash. His dedication to what he believes in isn’t just superficial and more and more players are starting to buy in.

  46. wayne1693 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:35 AM

    Being an NFL Player is a Privledge not a Right. Practice Your First Amendment Rights however You wish, just not on the Football Field where You are being paid Millions of Dollars, and are a representative of the NFL.

  47. thermo321 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:39 AM

    Maybe Baldwin will do some real research and realize that blacks in the USA have it better than blacks in any other country in the world. And then he’ll proudly stand for his country’s anthem

  48. chetlemonbasketcatch says: Sep 8, 2016 2:39 AM

    Its excellent to see Doug using that Stanford education to question the events around him. I appreciate these young guys putting themselves out their to actually question the events occurring. Nice to see they care more than some party boat scene on “Ballers” ..

  49. weismobile says: Sep 8, 2016 4:51 AM

    Isn’t this the schmuck who pretended to poop out the ball after scoring in the Superbowl?

    Sorry but stuff like that makes it really hard to take you seriously on an issue this heavy.

  50. richardcolvinreid says: Sep 8, 2016 4:53 AM

    It’s getting embarrassing now. You aren’t protesting anything There are much larger problems to tackle that would create 100x more benefit in peoples lives but doing good doesn’t generate the attention that these dudes crave

  51. psubeerman21 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:54 AM

    This will probably sound moronic, but what does Sept 11th have anything to do with police brutality toward minorities?

  52. browns2014man says: Sep 8, 2016 5:14 AM

    There’s many things with this country I’m not crazy about. The issue is to not insult everyone while you’re trying to get your point across. They do have the right to do whatever they want. But “time and place” are paramount here. It’s not coming across the way they planned. Very polarizing. Career suicide.

  53. Modern Day Einstein says: Sep 8, 2016 5:29 AM

    This is ruining football. Seriously, you are at work dude.

    You disrespect America, you won’t even stand in reverence to the same flag which drapes the caskets of true heroes. And if you choose to use that freedom they gave you to disrespect them? That just makes you a terrible fellow countryman, and a horrible human being.

  54. jackdaniels1 says: Sep 8, 2016 5:56 AM

    Comical! These brain dead fools have no idea what they’re protesting.

  55. derekgorgonstar says: Sep 8, 2016 6:28 AM

    Kaepernick has started a trend.

    Weak minds easily manipulated by people with agendas, using inaccurate facts.

  56. Magyver says: Sep 8, 2016 6:37 AM

    Doug, you have freedom of speech, as well as freedom of expression, that gives you the right to say and do most anything – but be careful how you exercise that right.

    I however have freedom of belief, and I believe:
    * You should STHU and do your job on the field
    * You should keep politically correct BS to yourself
    * You are disrespecting people who died for our country, like Pat Tillman of the Cardinals if you sit during the National Anthem.

    Pat Tillman military awards:

    Silver Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Arthur Ashe Courage Award

  57. balaspackfan says: Sep 8, 2016 6:40 AM

    If professional athletes are going to make a mockery of the National Anthem then leave them in the locker room during the ceremony just as the Seattle Reign did to Rapinoe.
    #leavetheminthelockerroom

  58. burfictisabeast says: Sep 8, 2016 6:45 AM

    Touchy subject… next question!

  59. cebert44 says: Sep 8, 2016 6:50 AM

    Keep it up saying that vets agree you have the

    right to protest, isn’t the same as they agree

    with you. People are tired of how tough your

    life is. Find a better place good luck. Cops

    pull security and watch the drunks on the

    field

  60. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 8, 2016 7:23 AM

    if I believed for a nanosecond these guys were genuine I’d be with them.

  61. footballfanatic says: Sep 8, 2016 7:42 AM

    #1 your not changing the country by protesting. #2 the problem is criminals, and the criminals who fight back against police. THATS the only issue we have. The second you break the law, your on your own and i dont feel pity for you. Its a joke that no one cares if one person of color killls another person of color, but the second a white cop, who is doing his job and just wants to go home to his family happens to killl a person of color who is resisting arrest and has a deaddly weapon on him……………..then there are riots which cause more death and injuries. Smart. Statistically speaking, bllack ppl are involved in more crime, mainly violent crimes- muurder, asault and roberies than any other race PUT TOGETHER. SO the more your in that situation, the higher chances of being hurt by law enforcement. YET there are WAY more white ppl dying by cops than blaack ppl. Statistically speaking- whites are targeted more by cops. Thats a fact.

  62. jjackwagon says: Sep 8, 2016 7:46 AM

    You idiots think that not standing for the National Anthem is going to somehow affect change in America?
    How about this, how about you go into the most depressed part of what ever city you play in and do what needs to be done to improve that community. THAT’S how to make a difference.

    Sitting for anthem just calls attention to yourself, making you just like the Kartrashians.

  63. margoadams says: Sep 8, 2016 8:03 AM

    These players are buying into the Anarchist/Communist/RaceHustlers False Narrative of police brutality.
    This is like saying all NFL players beat their wives or are serial rapist.

  64. evrybdyhas1 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:06 AM

    The news media and irresponsible reporting has fueled a false public perception that we live in a racist police state. As NFL players speak out about this subject perhaps there is a way to put the matter in perspective. How many NFL players are involved in criminal activities such as domestic violence, drug use, drunk driving? I am sure the percentage is low as is actual racist motivated police brutality. The players would be well served to work to keep their own house in order.

    The fact is that men and women of all types and color serve this country as first responders (police and fire) at high risk and low pay.

    To not pay respect to the national anthem on 09/11/16 by sitting or kneeling disrespects the lives lost and service given by the vast majority of police and fire that have selflessly dedicated their lives to public service.

    Their work is not fashionable or flashy, they don’t play a game for a living but if you ever need one you will be damn glad they are there and understand what they face everyday.

    That is my freedom of expression.

  65. rootpain says: Sep 8, 2016 8:08 AM

    Yeah well I think the point is his primary responsibility is to play football at a level consistent with his pay grade and to lead his team by his example on the field of play. Kaepernick is failing at both. Separation from the team for unacceptable performance due to failure to progress satisfactorily and/or failure to adapt will follow.
    Case closed.

  66. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 8, 2016 8:12 AM

    So, they are protesting the “government”

    Would that be the Government which has taken in millions of refugees from truly oppressive regimes? The one that takes taxes from working Americans and provides shelter and sustenance to those same people as well as millions in this country? The one that hands that same tax money to those who use it for alcohol & cigarettes instead of necessities for their children. The same Government that tells the funders (taxpayers) you can’t have any say in where your money goes and that welfare abusers can spend it any way they choose?

    Is that the Government you mean?

    There are bad people in the Government, just like there are bad people in football and bad people in black neighborhoods. That doesn’t mean it’s right to broad brush your prejudice onto “the Government”.

  67. liberalmel says: Sep 8, 2016 8:17 AM

    This clown had one DECENT year and thinks he is now on Jerry Rice level.

    These guys are all jokes and should be fined or cut.

    Any veteran who defends them is not a true veteran.

  68. dalfanforever says: Sep 8, 2016 8:27 AM

    As a retired servicemember, who was standing with Government car keys in my hand, about to leave for the Pentagon that day, this day is a sobering reminder how safe we thought we were. I will defend someone’s right to protest. I didn’t do 20 years for show. However, there is a level of appropriateness that many fail to realize blunts your argument and invalidates your protest.

    On 9/11, we were brought together in common shock and mourning. Sad that in not that short of time, many have forgotten. It was a pivotal time in American history. The fact that they are potentially using that day, of all days, to make a statement on frankly, something that is built on an opinion, and in many ways , a false narrative. There are a heck of a lot of problems in this country, but to look at a small sliver is not only foolhardy, but disingenuous.

    As a black man, I’m keenly aware that there are issues. I also have many friends of all races in law enforcement. Bad cops exist, but to make large sweeping statements saying they’re all bad is wrong. It’s just like saying all black people are bad, or whites are bad or muslims are bad. I also know that many of these problems are self-inflicted. I absolutely get it. We don’t want to look in the mirror and face facts that while there are many issues in our community, we are responsible for many of our own. Not all, but many. Until we can face that, we can’t look outwardly and point to someone else. And I certainly don’t need a well-paid athlete to tell me the ills of the world. They’re not living with us anymore.

  69. richc111 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:40 AM

    To be perfectly honest the best way to make progress in this situation is to just encompass the police issues as a whole not just how it affects a certain segment of the population. Over half of the people killed by cops in 2016 are white. Look it up! So is the real problem violence and the killing of black by cops or is the issue just police in general killing of suspects. If you are allowed to have that conversation I think much more progress can be made, compared to the only reason blacks are being killed by cops is because they are black. If that is the case why are they also shooting whites? Because they are white?

  70. n0hopeleft says: Sep 8, 2016 8:46 AM

    You’re going to protest America on the anniversary of the largest deadliest attack on US soil ever?

    Wow – your grandfather must be so proud.

    LOSER.

  71. mazenblue says: Sep 8, 2016 8:49 AM

    Protest the American flag on 9/11. Go ahead. Its very unpatriotic to protest your own flag. Pat Tillman SALUTES the flag. You entitled nfl divas have no clue about any of this issue. Theyre only interaction with this country and patriotism is the star spangled banner from sports events. Thats it. They missed history class based on football skills.

  72. greenmtnboy31 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:03 AM

    Baldwin and others need to learn to just play ball. No one tunes in to hear their take on political or cultural issues. Much of our lack of unity today can be tracked directly to the door of the most divisive POTUS in our history. A POTUS who has made it his job to drive a wedge wherever and whenever he can.

  73. nhpats says: Sep 8, 2016 9:10 AM

    Hey Doug, you are at work. How about do your job and shut up.

  74. upyoursnfu says: Sep 8, 2016 9:16 AM

    Would you prefer to play for the Taliban Football League?

  75. seabrawk12 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:17 AM

    If Baldwin chooses to sit on 9/11, he can sit the entire game. Same goes for Lane.

    Remember, Kaepernick already he knows he will be sitting the whole game and will be forgotten by week 2.

    Go HAWKS

  76. revren10 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:18 AM

    Pete Carroll should bench them both, you want to protest do it on your own time. Not on the Anniversary of 9/11.

  77. dubzito says: Sep 8, 2016 9:22 AM

    if i see players protesting the national anthem on the aniversary of 9/11 its just going to make me sad.

    honestly, if you had told any of us 15 years ago that this would happen… we wouldn’t believe you. its disgusting.

    most of these players were in grade school when this happens. all it tells me is that they don’t remember or understand what happened that day. its a slap in the face to all of us.

    there is a time and a place for everything. this isn’t that time.

  78. zenoracledba says: Sep 8, 2016 9:57 AM

    Its time for the fans to stop talking & start doing something about this. I for one will not be watching any game where a player on either team does not stand during the anthem.

    Please join me if you agree.

    God Bless America !

  79. I'm not a football punk says: Sep 8, 2016 10:01 AM

    For the past two decades, the country has been talking about phantom police racism in order to avoid talking about a more uncomfortable truth: black crime.
    But in the era of data-driven law enforcement, policing is simply a function of crime.
    I guess protesting the National Athem and the flag, is another way to avoid talking about a more uncomfortable truth: black crime.

  80. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 8, 2016 10:03 AM

    Isn’t Baldwin the guy who said he got open ’cause he’s “a beast” when in truth it was because the ref ran a pick for him in the end zone in SB49? No reality issues there now are there?

  81. theprofootballranker says: Sep 8, 2016 10:20 AM

    C’mon Doug is a Stanford guy, you would think he would have a similar mindset like Richard Sherman. Sherman is very aware, informed and respectful on his political views. Unfortunately Kaepernick, Reid and Lane seem to not acknowledge the other issues such as black on black crime. Richard Sherman does, and I respect him for that. I lost a lot of respect for you Doug.

  82. giantsfansincewayback says: Sep 8, 2016 10:22 AM

    Can these liberal idiots possibly be any dumber. It’s amazing to me that you can step on virtually any college campus in this country and the many professors will tell you that you shouldn’t believe in God because of a lack of scientific or statistical evidence etc. (Which is bunk) Then when it comes to social issues they say throw all that out the window and tell me how you feel things are. If you feel an issue is a certain way it must be true. Lol gimme a break! Perhaps a few of these America hating morons should do a little research. Since they are obviously too lazy/ignorant I’ll help them out. Here are the facts:
    1. Strictly looking at raw numbers more white people are killed
    Every year by cops than blacks
    2. Young black males make up less than 10% of the population in
    The U.S. But commit roughly 40% of all violent crime.
    That’s not “oh I was unfairly stopped and frisked, now I’m
    In jail for marijuana possession.” We are talking rapes,
    Robberies, murders !! Etc. This info is freely and readily available on the FBIs website.
    3. Want to change “police targeting” of blacks? Here’s an idea:
    Instead of disrespecting the flag many have fought and died for like petulant children, how about doing a little research to find out what’s going on the the black communities to cause their youth to disproportionately commit violent crime. HINT: a good starting point may be to examine the disproportionately higher rate of single motherhood. But hey I’m sure it’s “systemic racism” causing black man to make babies and abandon them. Gimme a break!!!

    Drops mic

  83. rcali says: Sep 8, 2016 10:28 AM

    Think we have to remember majority of these NFL employees were not given the smarts the rest of us got, they received amazing athletic talents instead. Also the growth of CTE is starting to show earlier an earlier in these NFL employees and this nonsensical thinking is proof.

  84. jags2daship says: Sep 8, 2016 10:35 AM

    We need to start doing the anthem before they come on the field just like womens soccer did. Screw these guys dont give them the stage if they cant show respect. Make them all sit in the locker room.

  85. steelerdeathstar says: Sep 8, 2016 10:44 AM

    To paraphrase the head of the Cleveland Police Officers Association, I never thought I’d see the day in this country when the police were considered the enemy by a segment of our society?!
    Of course, facts don’t matter to this segment, such as the FACT that more white and Hispanic-ancestry people are killed by the police each year than blacks; and that black on black crime takes FAR more lives every year than police shootings of black people…the vast majority of them justified when they occur.
    In fact, the police are actually more important to the safety and security of our nation than the military, because if it weren’t for the police protecting and serving our citizenry, we wouldn’t even have a nation for the military to perform their vital service for.
    However, there is likely no reasoning with Kaepernick and all the ignorant fools like him. So, I expect the divide will continue, until it quite possibly winds up in a place that no reasonable person wants, and that everyone should hope doesn’t occur.

  86. fin1fan says: Sep 8, 2016 10:57 AM

    Still waiting for black athletes to protest black on black crime which is the REAL problem…..BLM only when cops kill blacks….total joke that falls on deaf ears here………

  87. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Sep 8, 2016 11:11 AM

    Embarrassing you’re a Seahawk, Baldwin. Please let us know how oppressed you and Lane and Avril feel when you cash those $200,000 game checks. We’re all ears waiting to hear about how “oppressed” you are.

  88. zackattack006 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:26 AM

    Unfortunately, the Constitution protects those individuals like these Bozos. However, there’s always a time and place to protest and 9/11 is not it.

    Let’s try our best to not mix one thing with the other.. 9/11 should be respected in honor of those families that suffered deeply.

    I will boycott the NFL if I see any player trying to send a message by disrespecting this great nation on such a sad day.

    Let’s keep it clean fellows.

  89. Mario500 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:06 PM

    The eleventh day of September is just an ordinary calendar date like every other date and should not be treated differently from any one of them. Terrible events had occurred on every date, even the eleventh day of September in past years.

    I wish to treat the eleventh day of September for this year like any other day and wish other folks would do the same (even folks directly affected by the attacks in the city of New York in the state of New York and the city of Arlington in the state of Virginia (the article was incorrect about the city of Washington in the District of Columbia being attacked). The same goes for folks who personally knew passengers on the airplane that crashed in the city of Shanksville in the state of Pennsylvania since it could have been used to attack another city in the United States). Every day is a new day.

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