Russell Wilson will address political issues “when the time is right”

AP

In early February, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson stepped away from his carefully-manicured image and made a rare political statement, at a time when many were protesting efforts to ban travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries. On Friday, Wilson explained that he may be willing to dip a toe into the political waters in the future.

“When the time is right,” Wilson told reporters. “Certain times.”

He observed that “[w]e’re living in an interesting world right now,” and Wilson said, “I just continually pray that just we as a nation I guess more than anything kind of come together.”

Wilson raised eyebrows with comments made less than two weeks after the inauguration.

“Despite anybody’s political issues or views, everybody has a right to choose who they want to vote for,’’ Wilson said at the time. “But this thing is getting out of hand — getting out of hand, people.

Some would say it’s gotten even more out of hand since then. Others would say there are no problems at all. And none with opposing views seem to be inclined to ever find a way to agree.

When and if Wilson feels compelled to speak out again remains to be seen. He likely won’t be making a habit of it, but his prior remarks and his “when the time is right” commitment from Friday suggest that Wilson could indeed have something  more to say.

18 responses to “Russell Wilson will address political issues “when the time is right”

  1. Who cares, play football. He’s been brainwashed by his 9/11 conspiracy theorist liberalist coach. Don’t care about some millionaire’s views on “the real world getting out of hand”. What the Hell does Russell Wilson know about real world problems? A tough day for him is when he can’t find his fur mink coat. Shut up and play football.

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  3. I actually think that Wilson is on the conservative side, he just didn’t like the fact it was Trump, like more then a few conservatives.

  4. I await in breathless anticipation. I always base major life decisions around the opinions of celebrities and athletes. My emotional investment in their well being and success usually supersedes my own personal welfare.

  5. He’ll stay out of the debates. Why dive in, it only harms some 40% of his fan base. Remember MJ’s famous line ‘even R’s buy shoes.’.

  6. Fans want to put aside their differences when pulling for theirs teams. They watch football and support their teams to get away from politics.

    ESPN thinks it can influence the fans’ political beliefs. And that’s why ESPN is having to lay off 100+ people.

  7. Russ – stick to what you do best. You’re a good football player, and that basically means you’re an entertainer.

    Stick to what you do best.

  8. Unless you are actively doing something about whatever it is you choose to speak about, it is not a smart move. Words without action just look like a hollow attention grab and it will not sway opinions.

    Example: “Despite anybody’s political issues or views, everybody has a right to choose who they want to vote for,’’ Wilson said at the time. “But this thing is getting out of hand — getting out of hand, people.”

    Half the people will look at that quote and think he must be talking about Trump and his policies. But, the other half would say he was referring to the lib meltdowns after the election (and still continuing).

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