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More Seahawks may join Lane in pregame anthem protest

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sits as the national anthem plays before a preseason NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) AP

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane has said he plans to sit during the national anthem this season, and there were hints from the Seahawks locker room Wednesday that Lane may not be alone in doing so.

Seahawks Pro Bowl wide receiver Doug Baldwin told reporters that he has considered joining Lane in some form of protest, and linebacker Bobby Wagner offered a hint that multiple Seahawks players have discussed some sort of action.

“Anything we want to do, it’s not going to be individual,” Wagner said, via the Seattle Times. “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.”

Wagner didn’t share details and added that “whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise.”

Baldwin stressed that he’s made no decision on whether he’ll sit or stand, saying he needed “to make sure I get all of my ducks in a row” before making a decision. Baldwin said he’s talked to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remained seated during the national anthem throughout the preseason, via mutual friend and former Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette.

“Honestly I’m praying a lot about it, moreso leaning on my faith and trying to get the right direction in that regard,” Baldwin said.

The Seahawks open the season at home Sunday vs. the Dolphins.

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145 Responses to “More Seahawks may join Lane in pregame anthem protest”
  1. dickshotdogs says: Sep 7, 2016 5:41 PM

    Leave my country. Now.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 7, 2016 5:43 PM

    “Dad, why are all the players kneeling along the sideline during the anthem?”

    “Oh, it’s just a football tradition, son, who knows how it started? Back in the early part of this century, I believe…”.

  3. qoojo says: Sep 7, 2016 5:44 PM

    These guys need to listen to Kareem Abdul Jabbar. To paraphrase, you have this visibility as an athlete and protest by sitting down during the anthem. What are you doing to actually make things better?

  4. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 5:44 PM

    This is a joke now…..NFL needs to get a handle on it real fast

  5. GhostPepper says: Sep 7, 2016 5:45 PM

    The sense of entitlement is strong with these tools.

  6. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 7, 2016 5:45 PM

    this reminds of me of that South Park where people were slingshotting themselves up against the side of a building.

  7. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 7, 2016 5:46 PM

    Why dont they protest in chicago

  8. bobleblah says: Sep 7, 2016 5:46 PM

    Do you stand for the anthem when you are home watching the game?

  9. viper0290 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:46 PM

    Classless in Seattle

  10. uncommon1 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:46 PM

    The majority of Law Enforcement seen at a stadium during an NFL game are working on their day off. They sign up for the extra shift and are paid by the team/venue. What will happen if the Cops decide that they just won’t pick up the extra shift anymore? The City can’t take on-duty Cops and reallocate them to the Stadiums. They’re needed throughout the rest of their City. I guess the players will protect the fans from the criminals.

  11. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:48 PM

    And it’s the entire stadiums right to throw up the middle finger at them. Go ahead , piss enough people off and you will be playing in half full stadiums guys. That’s their right. Seahawk fans may be loud and boisterous but they are loyal to this country. Go ahead. I dare you to have the entire team sit. White players will not

  12. professorpigskin46 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:48 PM

    This is interesting. Normally the folks in Seattle would be the kind of people to approve of this, but at twelve they’re too young to know about the history of race and activism in America.

  13. ocgunslinger says: Sep 7, 2016 5:50 PM

    I don’t know. Many Americans, not just the military, police etc Love America and the Flag. Insulting those patriots is not going to solve this problem as it is a very subjective viewpoint (his alone) as to when he would stand in respect to the Flag. Meanwhile this only drags race relations down. That only contributes to the many problems America is facing. Congratulations.

  14. dickshotdogs says: Sep 7, 2016 5:50 PM

    Yes, I do stand in my living room when our National Anthem is playing. Honestly.

  15. 52crabcakes says: Sep 7, 2016 5:51 PM

    So what are they going to do beyond kneeling during national anthem? Put your body/money where your actions are. Why aren’t you protesting about Chicago? Baltimore? DO something beyond kneeling.

  16. richiethegreek says: Sep 7, 2016 5:51 PM

    That’s part of your problem. It’s not your country. You don’t own it.

  17. valentino8100 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:51 PM

    Like lemmings off the cliff.

  18. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 5:52 PM

    Nobody is playing the national anthem @ my house during pre-game, I’m watching it. Just like you the viewer aren’t preparing to take the field in a sporting contest while holding your beer and peanuts.

  19. minson15 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:52 PM

    uncommon1 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:46 PM

    The majority of Law Enforcement seen at a stadium during an NFL game are working on their day off. They sign up for the extra shift and are paid by the team/venue. What will happen if the Cops decide that they just won’t pick up the extra shift anymore? The City can’t take on-duty Cops and reallocate them to the Stadiums. They’re needed throughout the rest of their City. I guess the players will protect the fans from the criminals.
    ——————————
    You answered your own question. They get paid to do it. If some cops or security personnel don’t want to take the money someone else will. A lot of people without jobs will gladly take that opportunity.

  20. browns2014man says: Sep 7, 2016 5:52 PM

    Good luck with that tools. Career suicide.

  21. niners816 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:54 PM

    Not that I agree with the whole sitting down thing, but the saddest part in all of this…Seattle still can’t do something first. They rip of the 12th man, and now they are following Kaepernick. Can you dorks do anything on your own?

  22. Hitdog18 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:54 PM

    If you don’t like it, don’t watch. I’m serious, you all get on here and complain, but what good does that do? if you really wanted the league to do something about it, you’d turn off the games.

  23. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 7, 2016 5:54 PM

    Wait till the Dolphins beat them this week, then they can protest that too.

    Dolphins 20
    Seahawks 13

  24. spinmasta says: Sep 7, 2016 5:54 PM

    On 9/11 to boot.

  25. ariani1985 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:55 PM

    Home of the one year dynasty protest!

  26. isaidredskinuhoh says: Sep 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    Message or not, this is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. These attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others. To dishonor the brave that gave their life on this day is disrespectful. You can can continue your disrespect the following week. While i agree there is a problem, disrespecting the flag is not the way to motivate people.

  27. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    They have every right to protest how they see fit, It doesn’t bother me in the least bit. I don’t think they are causing change or conversation but more so looking for individual attention.

    I will use my right not to watch those teams and put money into the hands of entitled rich individuals.

  28. mrcmos says: Sep 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    Ignore the morons and maybe it will go away.

    Not the media. They will keep reporting on this non sports story Ad Nauseam.

    Just stop this BS.

  29. laukkanen5 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    charles barkley hit the nail on the head…..way to be Chuck, expose their pathetic lies

  30. coltzfan166 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. This is completely disrespectful to all those men and women who have fought, died, and wounded themselves to protect our freedom. And completely disrespectful to all the police officers who are there to make sure everyone (including those same players who are protesting) gets out safely.

    Thanks Kaepernick. Smh

  31. niners816 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    Here’s a weird thing that’s getting lost in all of this: the Niners fans and the Seattle fans are coming together to either boycott or agree with them. The Seattle players and Niners players are standing with each other, well some. I don’t know if it’s kinda cool to see or makes me sick. Who am I kidding? Seattle still sucks!

  32. Hitdog18 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:58 PM

    52crabcakes says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:51 PM
    So what are they going to do beyond kneeling during national anthem? Put your body/money where your actions are. Why aren’t you protesting about Chicago? Baltimore? DO something beyond kneeling.

    ________________________________________

    Kaepernick is donating 1 Million plus the profit on his jersey sales to charity

  33. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:58 PM

    I completely forgot about 9/11 if they do something distasteful to take away from those families that lost loved ones that day. SMH

  34. dickshotdogs says: Sep 7, 2016 5:58 PM

    You’re darn right it’s my country. As much as it is yours.

  35. skinsjunkie says: Sep 7, 2016 5:58 PM

    If I was their coach I would tell them if you’re not going to stand for our National Anthem next to the men and women that help give us the right to play this game stay in the locker room till it’s over.

  36. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 7, 2016 5:59 PM

    So proud of these men! This country has gone in the dumpster and these out to lunch conservatives can’t see it!

  37. arwiv says: Sep 7, 2016 5:59 PM

    BLM…..paid for nonsense so that the sheep are diverted from this country’s ACTUAL problems. Say what you want about the people who truly run this country, but they arent stupid.

  38. richiethegreek says: Sep 7, 2016 5:59 PM

    It’s hilarious how terrified the Old White Establishment gets over these players standing up (or taking a knee) for what they believe in. They won’t stop watching these very players play football, they’ll just faux outrage on Internet comment boards.

  39. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 5:59 PM

    Chumps

  40. takeachancellor says: Sep 7, 2016 5:59 PM

    Turning the flag upside down is a respectful symbol of distress. No one is concerned that it is in its wrong position, it is recognized as mourning. Taking a knee is not disrespectful to military or police, it is a symbol of mourning. We are obsessed with a method of protest rather than acknowledging the issues behind it. Take a breath and show grace to your fellow man. Or at least support their right to voice their opinion in america, right or wrong.

  41. ctiggs says: Sep 7, 2016 6:00 PM

    spinmasta says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:54 PM
    On 9/11 to boot.

    ——————————————-

    you mean the inside job?

  42. prospero63 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:02 PM

    “The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”

    You mean like when we come together as Americans and stand in reverence for the national anthem?

  43. duffelbagsports says: Sep 7, 2016 6:05 PM

    Maybe we should try to focus on the issues that cause this response and not pretend they don’t exist.

  44. larryed says: Sep 7, 2016 6:06 PM

    We lost seeing the coin toss and next will be the National Anthem – easy fix right Commish? Just don’t show it and there’s no reason to crap on our Veterans right Kaerpernutz!
    (or however he spells it)

  45. abqhawk says: Sep 7, 2016 6:06 PM

    As a life long Seahawk fan, I am disgusted. Rather than protest (which will accomplish nothing) how about doing something meaningful to assist in resolving this issue? YOU can help saves lives!!!

  46. uncommon1 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:07 PM

    @minson15
    I’m talking about Police not working at the games anymore. Civilian Security personnel (with no legal authority) are not enough protection at these events. If they were good enough, than these stadiums would have never started paying Police Officers to work overtime during the games.

  47. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 6:07 PM

    Niners816….. I now almost can tolerate you….after that last post lol

  48. dmwilliams0124 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:11 PM

    The moment we MAKE someone stand, is the moment we lose FREEDOM.

    If you would like it to be mandatory to stand for the national anthem, then move to North Korea

  49. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 7, 2016 6:13 PM

    To do this amytime is wrong just tbink about doing this on the anniversary of 9-11. They are a disgrace.

  50. upper23 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:13 PM

    We just have to ignore this stuff. It’s turned into a bad joke.

  51. charger383 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:15 PM

    you won’t see any NASCAR drivers doing this

  52. rcali says: Sep 7, 2016 6:15 PM

    Protesting America on 9/11. Wow, that’s all I needed to know about the NFL and it’s employees. Very, very sad.

  53. fngs1 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:15 PM

    How about the media just don’t show the sideline’s during the anthem? It would be a non-factor, and he could keep doing what he wants and nobody would care because they wouldn’t see him doing it.

  54. steelersandladyboysfan says: Sep 7, 2016 6:16 PM

    No surprise coming from the same organization with a 9/11 Truther as a head coach

  55. oregonraider says: Sep 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    dickshotdogs says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:58 PM

    You’re darn right it’s my country. As much as it is yours.

    And theirs. You can leave Their country anytime.

  56. Fartimus Prime says: Sep 7, 2016 6:19 PM

    Seattle is a second place town, and the home to a second place team.

  57. hawkstradamus says: Sep 7, 2016 6:19 PM

    I could honestly do without the national anthem or the military fly by. Why do we need a bunch of nationalistic fervor before every sporting event? Is it really just part of some mass brainwashing experiment?

  58. melikefootball says: Sep 7, 2016 6:19 PM

    I have not one bit of respect for these individuals. To bad the fans in Seattle don’t stand up and boo these individuals. You have a beef with the police then stand in front of the precincts and cry the blues , spiting on the symbol of this country deserves zero sympathy. A bunch of over paid kids that feel they are important.

  59. seanhawk80 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:22 PM

    Face it: It’s a silly “tradition.” Never understood the correlation between the two anyway. I say, more extra points and less dated songs!

  60. chris1cat says: Sep 7, 2016 6:22 PM

    You lose Searats!!!!

  61. blackbug99 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:23 PM

    Do you stand for the anthem when you are home watching the game?
    ………………………………………………………………………

    It’s not required unless you’re in the presence of the ceremony. On our military bases all cars stop, and personnel on foot snap to attention when colors goes down. Then again, they’re patriots, and do go to these places voluntarily on projects to help these neighborhoods. You can squat and blow bubbles, Kap, but until you do anything constructive to help, you’re part of the problem.

    FCCS(SW/AW) ret.

  62. delhommed says: Sep 7, 2016 6:25 PM

    David stern did the right thing back in the 90s. Players stand for the anthem! Goodell suspends Brady for allegedly deflating a ball but these tools blatantly disrespect the anthem in front of millions and Goodell does nothing. Wtf?! Freedom of speech doesn’t apply to the workplace

  63. chris1cat says: Sep 7, 2016 6:27 PM

    The Dumb and the Useless……….day time drama at its best!

  64. styx630 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:29 PM

    duffelbagsports
    Sep 7, 2016, 6:05 PM EDT
    Maybe we should try to focus on the issues that cause this response and not pretend they don’t exist.
    ——————————-

    You’re asking a lot of the commenters here. Even admitting there’s a problem is too difficult for a lot of them.

  65. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:33 PM

    Keep believing you have white people terrified. LOL

  66. biggredbird76 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:33 PM

    I love it. Aint nothin like seeing these folks and cannot do a thing about it.

  67. glac1 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:34 PM

    These overpaid athletes should be grateful that they have an opportunity to be millionaires at a young age by playing a game! Nobody is forcing them to play or live here..

  68. olefballcoach says: Sep 7, 2016 6:35 PM

    So what.. It means nothing!!

  69. granadafan says: Sep 7, 2016 6:36 PM

    The demographics of PFT are largely white males aged 30-60. It’s no wonder so many can’t relate to young black males or won’t even try to understand the racism they experience.

  70. truecowboyfan says: Sep 7, 2016 6:39 PM

    You guys keep it up and I won’t watch the game anymore. I’m sure there are others that feel the same.

  71. justautumnwindbaby says: Sep 7, 2016 6:42 PM

    Ok, ok, let me chime in…
    A great American once said, “I might not agree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it”…
    Let me ask -how many commenters in this thread, or pundits in the media, or ANYBODY that says that Kaplan “disrespected the flag, our country, or our way of life even KNOW what these things really mean?
    Better yet, let me say these same people did you serve in the military?
    AIR-FREAKING-BORNE!!

  72. bostonistitletown says: Sep 7, 2016 6:43 PM

    This really pisses me off. These people are making millions of dollars to throw a football around yet they can’t stand for two minutes to honor their country’s flag and the people who have fought and sacrificed their lives for their country? Pathetic.

  73. theinfinitetruthspeaker says: Sep 7, 2016 6:45 PM

    As a VETERAN, I am proud to see these educated Seahawks players stand up to the Federal Government and I support them 10000%. American troops have been and are currently in the Middle East protecting Oil Corporations such as Exxon and Chevron.

    The Federal government, the same government that flag represents, sent OUR people to the middle east for OIL. There’s no way around it. This is the same Federal Government that supported the CIA when they inserted crack cocaine into black communities. If you are too ignorant on these topics to understand the least of it, why even give your two cents. Your brainwashed by the federal government.

    I stand up for the American people, I stand up for my soldiers, I stand up for my state, but I WILL NO LONGER stand up for the federal government and that flag until they start making decisions for the betterment of all nations, not just the top tier.

  74. glac1 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:54 PM

    It comes down to team management and coaching… Simply say stand or be benched….. Let’s see what kind of leadership Seattle has….

  75. snakeplizkn says: Sep 7, 2016 6:57 PM

    You know what we be a big surprise? You clowns ever getting back to a Super Bowl….try focusing on that, dummies.

  76. nyfcat says: Sep 7, 2016 7:00 PM

    Kaepernick and the Seahawks are protesting an epidemic that factually and statistically does not exist. We have a 45% increase in murdered cops from July 2015 – July 2016 and a 17% rise in violent crimes in the Top 50 major cities since Ferguson because of this anti-cop rhetoric begging for fewer police officers. Think Kaep cares to bring up these stats? Yeah right. NOTHING he is protesting for is rooted in fact, and this rhetoric gets more cops and inner-city residents killed.

  77. doggeatdogg says: Sep 7, 2016 7:10 PM

    Idiots. The fans should quit going to the games. Let’s see how they like them apples. NFL better man up. Not on my company time. Protest on your own freaking platform.

  78. charliecharger says: Sep 7, 2016 7:11 PM

    This is the difference between America and some of the countries that we’ve gone to war against. No country is perfect, but I’ll choose America and all our freedom. It doesn’t matter if Kapernick and all these others are wrong or right. What matters is they live in a free country. When I stand for the National Anthem, and I look up and see the Blue Angels fly overhead, I’m proud to be part of a country that will fight for freedom. Kaepernick doesn’t bother me one bit. I can always hop on a plane and leave, if I can’t take all the freedom.

  79. polksaladandy says: Sep 7, 2016 7:12 PM

    Anti-America’s Team.

  80. fmckenney says: Sep 7, 2016 7:12 PM

    It’s time for Black Americans to look at their communities and own them. Stop pointing fingers at everyone but themselves. Today the lack of real leadership in the innercity has lead to the total breakdown of the community. The last 50yrs of ennabling has been a giant disservice to this segment of our country. This need by these players to do something to put a spotlight on their targets is not being well received by the rest of the country because no one believes they are acknowledging a single issue within their own community ie. Chicago. Just pointing fingers
    Very sad.

  81. backintheday99 says: Sep 7, 2016 7:15 PM

    Certain people within a group that comprises 15% of all Americans cause 50% of all violent crime.

    Just think about that.

    Stop the genocide from within. Good luck getting through to the gangs and mopes of the inner city. It’s a worldwide problem of poor on poor crime.

  82. theinfinitetruthspeaker says: Sep 7, 2016 7:19 PM

    I AM A VETERAN

    If any of you want information by someone who experienced the Iraq War then listen up. Our people, my comrades, are not being sent to the middle east by the for Iraqi Freedom. Federal Government are sending our people to the middle east to protect OIL RIGS run by Shell, Exxon, and Chevron. This is the same Federal Government that inserted crack cocaine into black communities in the the early 90s. This is the same Federal Government that knew abouy the 911 attacks and did absolutely nothing to stop it. Instead they had investments already made and became millionaires of shares and options.

    If you stand up for the Federal Government and the flag that represents them YOU are the true anti american. Flat and simple.

  83. jhebner says: Sep 7, 2016 7:34 PM

    I am a veteran of the US Navy. I joined two weeks after 9/11 and served honorably. I am not offended at all by anyone who uses the national anthem to shine light on constitutional injustices. Do I love this country? Hell yeah. Do I think cops should walk free after killing petty criminals? Hell no. These protests have nothing to do with stadium police or Seattle police. It has to do with the many unjustified police killings of blacks by cops across the nation.

    P.S. Please Dixie Chick the Seahawks.. I would love your discount tickets.

  84. ricko1112 says: Sep 7, 2016 7:42 PM

    Goodell suspended Brady for playing on a cold, wet night. Physics, the Well$ Report, 2 court cases, and common sense proved that the footballs deflated naturally.

    If the NFL actually believed someone deflated the footballs then the Colts would have been penalized since 3 out of the 4 Colts’ balls tested were illegally low. The Colts would have been penalized to the tampering they admitted to in the Well$ Report.

    Goodell penalized NE because he can do anything he wants and there’s nothing anyone can do about. Therefore, he should suspend those who don’t stand.

  85. 202folife says: Sep 7, 2016 7:45 PM

    If you have a problem with Kaep and Lane being able to protest this way because of the right afforded to them here in the US then leave the country. Sounds just and stupid the other way around too.

  86. hillarystandswhenshepees says: Sep 7, 2016 7:46 PM

    Will he be wearing his pig socks too? What a tool.

  87. kevpft says: Sep 7, 2016 7:49 PM

    You know, this would mean a lot more if it came from people who actually have something to lose. These guys are multi-millionaires paid outrageous sums of money to play an ultimately pointless game. By doing this stuff, they don’t even get fined – they’re not sacrificing anything.

    They are the last people who should be acting this way. Wonder how multi-millionaires sitting looks to the stadium janitorial crew? The people who are actually scraping by and feeling the real effects of what these NFL players are just posturing about.

    Even the MU football players threatened to actually strike. These superstar professionals aren’t risking anything.

  88. kevpft says: Sep 7, 2016 7:51 PM

    Nothing says “people coming together” like a small group engaging in an incredibly divisive action that doesn’t actually do anything whatsoever to improve the situation they’re protesting.

    I completely support their right to do it, but also think they’re morons.

  89. packsupersoldier says: Sep 7, 2016 7:53 PM

    No surprise coming from a team led by a 9/11 Truther.

  90. snakeplizkn says: Sep 7, 2016 7:54 PM

    “This is the same Federal Government that inserted crack cocaine into black communities in the the early 90s. ”

    _________

    Your stupidity is on fleek.

  91. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 7, 2016 7:56 PM

    When I quickly read over this I thought it read: “More Seahawks may join in Lame pregame anthem protest”

    Which would be a more fitting title.

  92. hellonewman47 says: Sep 7, 2016 7:56 PM

    Shame on all these players. Not standing accomplishes absolutely NOTHING.

    And to not stand for the national anthem on 9/11 is a complete disgrace.

  93. unkleruckus says: Sep 7, 2016 8:02 PM

    mongo3401 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:48 PM
    And it’s the entire stadiums right to throw up the middle finger at them. Go ahead , piss enough people off and you will be playing in half full stadiums guys. That’s their right. Seahawk fans may be loud and boisterous but they are loyal to this country. Go ahead. I dare you to have the entire team sit. White players will not

    ———

    Lol. All 6 of the white players that start huh?

  94. truthdispensary says: Sep 7, 2016 8:03 PM

    I’m turning the TV station the moment I see someone sit for the anthem.

  95. bender4700 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:04 PM

    All this anger over some highly paid athletes using free speech to effect change.

    Those jerks.

    People, find something else to be upset about.

  96. truthdispensary says: Sep 7, 2016 8:05 PM

    I’m turning the TV station the moment I see someone sit for the Anthem!

  97. unkleruckus says: Sep 7, 2016 8:10 PM

    charger383 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 6:15 PM
    you won’t see any NASCAR drivers doing this

    ————-
    You’re absolutely correct! Because no one watches NASCAR

  98. bostonsteve12 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:20 PM

    I think, if some sort of resolution to this issue is not determined, real conflicts will be occurring more times on the field, in the stands. There are players and ans who fall passionately into one side of the issue.

  99. bostonsteve12 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:21 PM

    I think, if some sort of resolution to this issue is not determined, real conflicts will be occurring more times on the field, in the stands. There are players and fans who fall passionately into one side of the issue.

  100. boltshawks says: Sep 7, 2016 8:21 PM

    To me – this is an easy one for the NFL.

    No political statements allowed on the field. If you don’t want to stand – you are welcome to go to the locker room and protest in there during the national anthem.

    If you disregard the rules and do it on the field anyway, you are fined $75k AND it goes to a foundation supporting slain police officers.

    Protest over.

  101. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:22 PM

    dickshotdogs says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:41 PM

    Leave my country. Now.

    —————————————————————

    It’s a free country, not a fascist one. So no.

  102. jamaltimore says: Sep 7, 2016 8:25 PM

    right what’s next some provactive hashtags? there used to be a social contract in this land remember what JFK said, ask not what your country can do for you but what can you do for your country? The entire narrative has flipped, everyone without a job, education basic life skills needs to look in the mirror and not blame the man. In many cases it’s the man who has told you to act the fool through their propoganda and under the cover of handouts who have us in this very situation. Athletes of color who have been grossly over paid and treated far beyond most everyday man have no idea what it means to struggle. I bet you’ll never see baseball players doing this as many come from REAL 3rd world countries where people DON”T have a chance, which is not the case in this GREAT NATION.

    then again just more reason to hate the Seahawks!

  103. mushroommike says: Sep 7, 2016 8:26 PM

    Fake outrage

    Most of these players have been standing for years without a peep about anything they claim they are protesting.

    It’s all about the me first and get my name in the headlines.

    If they were truly outraged, they would have been sitting since college.

    When one or two people do it, it makes a point when a bunch do it, it loses its wow factor.

    Now the real question…what are any of these guys doing about it BESIDES sitting down for 3 minutes once a week? Those are the ones going for change. BTW it would help if the voice for this was NOT Colin Kaepernick. He’s all over the place with his reasons for sitting during the anthem.

  104. hawkforlife says: Sep 7, 2016 8:29 PM

    OK, I can’t read all of this. Please people just stop. Who cares if they sit, stand or jump around like popcorn. The anthem stopped being significant when they started playing it for 162 baseball games (per team mind you) 82 basketball games, however many hockey games, however many soccer games and that’s just the ones I can think of.

    Count minor leagues, races and on and on and the anthem has NO meaning.

    Loving this country needs no anthem. You either do or don’t.

  105. whooligun says: Sep 7, 2016 8:33 PM

    boltshawks says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:21 PM
    To me – this is an easy one for the NFL.

    No political statements allowed on the field. If you don’t want to stand – you are welcome to go to the locker room and protest in there during the national anthem.

    If you disregard the rules and do it on the field anyway, you are fined $75k AND it goes to a foundation supporting slain police officers.

    Protest over.

    ————————————————————

    About as un-American as you can get.

  106. connfyoozed says: Sep 7, 2016 8:34 PM

    Why so many people are getting so bent out of shape about this, I have no idea.

    Kaepernick and company not standing for the national anthem is their right as American citizens. Their choice to do so has absolutely nothing to do with veterans, the military, 9/11, or anything else that other people want to make this about because they are imposing their own perspectives and viewpoints upon Kaepernick. Kaepernick has explained why he is doing so, and it’s up to each of us to agree or not agree with him… but to respect his right to do so.

    And by the way, I personally think that Kaepernick and company are not accomplishing anything and that this whole protest is borderline silly. However, I support their right to do it if they so choose. And I would be prouder of someone who does something I respectfully don’t agree with, over some ignoramus who wants them to “get out of my country”, thereby stomping on the freedoms they think they support.

  107. whooligun says: Sep 7, 2016 8:34 PM

    truthdispensary says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:05 PM
    I’m turning the TV station the moment I see someone sit for the Anthem!

    —————————————————–

    No you’re not.

  108. skawh says: Sep 7, 2016 8:36 PM

    Actually, Seattle IS the perfect location for a team majority NOT to stand.

    You see, it wasn’t 3 years ago that Seattle PD, once with the reputation of being one of the finest PD’s in all the country, lost its way. There were several wrongful shooting deaths, against minorities, and several incidents, many of which were captured on cell phone video with cops acting very very unprofessional, and violating the rights of citizens.

    It got so bad, that the Fed Gov’t had to step in, and put Seattle PD on Federal watch. A new Police Chief had to be hired, a female. Seattle PD is on probation. So in a sense, Seattle is the ideal place to continue to bring attention to illegal police activity, for the citizens of Seattle have experienced that.

  109. orange and blue own the nfl says: Sep 7, 2016 8:39 PM

    When Charles Barkley is the voice of reason…

  110. whodatnhollywood says: Sep 7, 2016 8:43 PM

    This US Navy veteran supports these dude’s protest. People keep denying the reason they are protesting and focusing on the flag. This isn’t about the flag. It’s about the American citizens getting executed by law enforcement.

    And for those who say there’s black on black crime, you are absolutely right. But when those killers get caught, even without video evidence, they go to prison. When cops get caught, with visual evidence, they get desk duty, paid leave and a light smack on the knuckle.

    AGAIN: there is racism in the military. I’m a living witness. And it’s in the NFL too. If it were not so, there would be no need for the Rooney Rule.

    Everybody can’t be a punk. I’m glad Kaepernick had the balls to stand up by sitting down.

  111. shlort says: Sep 7, 2016 8:44 PM

    Do these players realize the entire movement that is leading up to their protest is based on lies? Apparently not. Or are they protesting that in a community which is 95% black, blacks get 95% of the tickets? Their protests are meaningless because these players are protesting injustice where no injustice exists. This whole thing is politically motivated.

  112. skawh says: Sep 7, 2016 8:46 PM

    charger383 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 6:15 PM
    you won’t see any NASCAR drivers doing this
    ——-
    Is that the sport with all white players and audience attendees with Confederate flags?

    And you’re complaining about a sport with 70% black athletes some of whom have taken a knee?

    Hmmm…some of them might consider all that Confederate flag waving “offensive.” Just sayin’

  113. bartpkelly says: Sep 7, 2016 8:47 PM

    The Vietnam protests had a lot of the same backlash. We are a big angry nation turning on itself.

    If off duty cops won’t do security there are other people and agencies willing to step in for the pay.

    The cops have that right to refuse to work as players do to protest against what they deem protestable.

    Not sure what they think must happen, what point that is, to stop protesting. Is there a law, or a statistic they are looking for?

  114. ez4me55 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:49 PM

    Being both prior service(Viet Nam) and a former police officer I am deeply offended by this practice. They are free to do what they want as we are free not to attend or watch the No Fun League. I fought for that freedom and will defend it to the end. But I also have freedoms to refuse to continue supporting those that don’t do enough to understand that there are bad in every group even the NFL. Which I won’t start naming names…… So maybe Kap and the rest should protest them as well…….

  115. raideralex99 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:54 PM

    Wow … who would have ever thought that a black president could cause so much trouble with the black community.

  116. devindenv says: Sep 7, 2016 9:00 PM

    Perhaps, these “socially conscious” athletes could, you know, actually DO SOMETHING to help the “minority community” rather than kneel or sit or make some BS statement. Maybe, Colin or Jeremy, it might help more if you showed the courage of your conviction and went into these communities and did something other than whine!

  117. kosta2012 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:03 PM

    they say that the police are racist, and killers.
    I guess that means all football players are rapists, dog killers and murderers.

  118. devindenv says: Sep 7, 2016 9:06 PM

    Hmm, I wonder if Kaep or Jeremy Lane would understand the RIGHT of the owner to require them to stand (under a clause of their contract stating to bring no dishonor to the organization). I can hear all you folks blubbering about their “right to protest” complaining about the owner’s “right”enforce the contract.

  119. opininatedmuch says: Sep 7, 2016 9:07 PM

    Hey Doug,

    I talked to God today and she told me to tell you to not worry about your ducks and just play the damn game.

  120. kosta2012 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:14 PM

    I just threw my 12 flag in the garbage. what a bunch of morons

  121. bartpkelly says: Sep 7, 2016 9:24 PM

    From Doug Baldwin:

    I have the honor of knowing some amazing people that serve and have served our country in the military. One of them, a friend that served in the Special Forces, responded to my text asking him what he thought about me kneeling during the national anthem. I thought it was appropriate to share what he had to say:
    “I’d respect your passion and desire to make a statement about an incredibly important issue that we have to talk about as a nation.
    I also feel like, as a white man, it’s impossible for me to say I understand what it is to experience real and widespread racism. I can’t relate to the depth and significance of those wounds. It’s not a story I’ve lived, and I’m not going to pretend I have any personal authority on the issue.
    What I will say is I know racism is real. And I know it shouldn’t be. And I know that the only way I can help us get to where racism loses its power in our Nation is for me to listen, respect, and love my friends who have experienced it in their lives.
    And if taking a knee during our anthem is how you share your pain with me … Then I will stand behind you while you do and lay any man down who tries to stop you.
    I saw a kid take a knee during the anthem, and he put his hand on his heart too. It was powerful for me to see him do that.
    Our Nation has to take this issue on. It stands between us and our becoming the Tribe we need to be, and the world needs us to be.
    – CB”

  122. redclaw1314 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:29 PM

    If you don’t like it, don’t watch. I’m serious, you all get on here and complain, but what good does that do? if you really wanted the league to do something about it, you’d turn off the games.
    ________________________________

    A better approach would be to boycott the sponsors until the NFL requires standing for the anthem. Money is the only thing that will motivate the owners to act.

  123. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:07 PM

    give us Mo money for ours welfare and do baby Mommas. This is getting to be like a good organ grinder act.

  124. ksctychiefs says: Sep 7, 2016 10:39 PM

    i’ve waited all summer for the rams-49ers MNF game… i seriously may boycott it…. will see what happens on 9/11 sunday games 1st….if sunday starts out with this stuff i may not finish sunday games either….signed,long time football fan….

  125. ramfanmatt says: Sep 7, 2016 10:40 PM

    If these players want to make a difference they need to get into these communities and donate their time and money to make a difference. Sitting on the anthem will only tick off people that would otherwise be willing to follow your lead in donating their time and money to better these community. These guys have been given a platform to lead, disrespecting the anthem further divides. Dividing isn’t leadership.

  126. fmwarner says: Sep 7, 2016 11:10 PM

    dickshotdogs says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:41 PM
    Leave my country. Now.
    —————–

    It’s not your country. It’s every American’s country. If you don’t like every American having a say, maybe YOU should leave.

  127. mysterytonite says: Sep 7, 2016 11:29 PM

    Maybe belle chick should kneel in protest of his golden boy ‘s suspension. Then again, it’s not like he’d say squat in the press conference to allow others what he’s protesting so……..

  128. ksctychiefs says: Sep 8, 2016 12:39 AM

    this sunday i’m going to start boycotting nfl advertisers,starting with the the major nfl advertiser ‘papa j’ pizza outfit…….

  129. demskinsbaby says: Sep 8, 2016 1:09 AM

    Okay … So Kapernick sitting for a song is undermining Americas “greatness” but there is nothing wrong with someone saying it’s not great? You people are about as pathetic and more hypocrite than anything.

  130. dumbaseinstien says: Sep 8, 2016 1:18 AM

    “Behavior Detrimental to the League” = Commissioner’s Exempt List

  131. rolandsloan says: Sep 8, 2016 1:59 AM

    Has Kaepernick or any of these other protesters EVER donated money or time or their name to any
    Civil Rights organizations or causes? I don’t think their right to protest or demonstrate can be questioned. I question their sincerity over this SUDDEN stream of social consciousness which is heading towards disruptive ANARCHY. Good luck NFL. Its getting hard to watch,

  132. mutantman87 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:48 AM

    dickshotdogs says:
    Sep 7, 2016 5:41 PM

    Leave my country. Now.

    ———————————————————-

    I’m an active duty naval officer. The country I serve is one where we respect free speech, even speech with which we disagree, especially since I am currently stationed in a country without this crucial freedom. Would I personally sit or kneel during the national anthem to make my point? No. But I am not offended by Kaepernick and there is no need for me to take offense at sitting or kneeling during the national anthem. His protest does no harm (and may not do much good either by itself). The beauty of our country, though, is that there is room for different opinions, and the fact of the matter is that each one of us will disagree with a lot of other people’s opinions. Remember- it’s not YOUR country. It’s OUR country, and there’s room for everyone who will respect the life, liberty, and property of others.

  133. kenbinc says: Sep 8, 2016 2:55 AM

    Mr. Kaepernick has an entire nation not only discussing his tact but his rationale. I’d say that isn’t accomplishing nothing. I’d say that’s quite an accomplishment. Raising awareness isn’t doing nothing, people. He’s making some of y’all Big Mad, too. Yes, you’ve been worked.

  134. mrosas73 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:22 AM

    What did all these protesters do before they began to kneel, that’s what I want to know. Kap didn’t do squat until he got all the backlash.

  135. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 8, 2016 7:44 AM

    jamaltimore says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:25 PM

    right what’s next some provactive hashtags? there used to be a social contract in this land remember what JFK said, ask not what your country can do for you but what can you do for your country? The entire narrative has flipped, everyone without a job, education basic life skills needs to look in the mirror and not blame the man. In many cases it’s the man who has told you to act the fool through their propoganda and under the cover of handouts who have us in this very situation. Athletes of color who have been grossly over paid and treated far beyond most everyday man have no idea what it means to struggle. I bet you’ll never see baseball players doing this as many come from REAL 3rd world countries where people DON”T have a chance, which is not the case in this GREAT NATION.

    then again just more reason to hate the Seahawks!

    must be near the end times, I’m agreeing with this guy.

    also interesting to see some Colon supporters are also 9/11 truthers.

    taking a knee during the anthem shows humility and penitence. sitting on your butt is a female dog move.

  136. jurere_internacional says: Sep 8, 2016 9:18 AM

    Can’t wait to see Suh take a knee on Wilson

  137. phishead1313 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:26 AM

    Kaepernick can sit during the National Anthem if he chooses. In fact, it looks like he wont have to move from that position the entire game. ANother year and he will be washed out of the NFL, never to be seen or heard from again.

  138. rukkus1 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:04 PM

    Maybe you all can turn off the game

    String up a flag
    play the national anthem
    and worship the symbols of our country

    while others exercise their freedom
    And voice their opinions in a non violent manner

  139. nflinvegas says: Sep 9, 2016 3:40 PM

    CK7 Worship continues.

  140. johnnytarr says: Sep 10, 2016 1:03 AM

    dmwilliams0124 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 6:11 PM
    The moment we MAKE someone stand, is the moment we lose FREEDOM.

    If you would like it to be mandatory to stand for the national anthem, then move to North Korea

    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

    You are on the clock. Your employer gets to choose if you stand or sit since it may very well affect his business.

    You get to choose if you want to stay employed.

    Pretty simple.

  141. slewofdamascus says: Sep 10, 2016 2:51 PM

    People from all over the world have DIED trying to get to America for the opportunity that black people shun everyday, because of cultural myopia. They cannot see the forest for the trees. When the overriding culture denigrates their own people who “talk white” or who take learning seriously, this is an internal cultural problem that no one else can solve for you. We should know, because Lord knows we have thrown trillions of dollars at it with zero return. We have enabled this cultural backwardness for VOTES. We will see long overdue change in the black communities when education and the family unit become it’s most pressing concern. Jmo, of course.

  142. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 12, 2016 4:35 PM

    Slew…couldn’t have articulated it any better. Well said…agree 150%!

  143. lengai says: Sep 13, 2016 4:56 PM

    Oh goody, Kap is donating 1 of his millions. Exactly how many players plan to leave the NFL to peruse a career in politics, civic service, teaching, etc. to actually make a difference? Glen Coffee and Pat Tillman did something REAL about what they believed.

  144. jhebner says: Sep 13, 2016 6:49 PM

    @lengai.. So have you donated a million dollars to any charity organizations? And why would Kap leave a multimillion job sitting on a bench for a $30k job taking orders in fruitless wars that do not defend our country or our freedom and have inadvertently created the deadliest terrorist organization (ISIS) we have ever known? He would be an idiot to even consider your proposal.

  145. livelikeurdying says: Sep 14, 2016 3:11 PM

    Justice is never given; it is exacted and the struggle must be continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationship.

    A. Philip Randolph

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