Russell Wilson: Colin Kaepernick was “trying to do the right thing”

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Russell Wilson doesn’t have answers. He does have a heavy heart.

The Seahawks quarterback said nobody was prepared for video of the death of George Floyd.

“The God that I believe in, the Jesus that I believe in has sacrificed for us all, and I think at the end of the day, for me, I want to love like Jesus did,” Wilson said in a conference call, via video from Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “I want to be able to care like Jesus did. Hopefully, . . . our family and everybody else that I can hopefully have an influence on will continue to grow with me and with us and everybody else. Like I said, I don’t want to talk about football. I think about the pain of George. I think about Ahmaud [Arbery]. I think about Breonna [Taylor]. I think about these people who have been murdered. It’s a lot of pain on my heart right now.”

Wilson defended Colin Kaepernick, saying Floyd, Arbery and Taylor are among the reasons the former 49ers quarterback took a knee. Kaepernick has not played since 2016.

“We all need to help,” Wilson said. “We all need to find our own ways of how we’re going to love and how we’re going to make a difference, and everybody may do it differently. I don’t know what everybody’s going to do and how they’re going to do it, but it’s calling for people to understand what’s really going on. It’s heavy on me because I think the reality is with Colin, in particular, is he was trying to symbolize the right thing. People may have taken that the wrong way. But I think he was trying to do the right thing. The bottom line.”

13 responses to “Russell Wilson: Colin Kaepernick was “trying to do the right thing”

  1. Yeah, Kaepernick was certainly showing the love. But “people may have taken it the wrong way”. You think?

  2. Keep speaking his name, why? Just give him a REAL shot to compete for a starting job and let him lead protests like the NBA does.

  3. Always calculated, but usually right. Wilson was eloquent in his support of Kap and that’s good. Many who were wrong before, know now they were wrong. Denial doesn’t make it go away.

    The pain is real. One group feels the pain, while the other group doesn’t realize they are dying inside. So racism is killing everybody, just in different ways and at different rates.

    Did you her what Tom Brady had to say? No?

    Me either.

  4. Keep speaking his name, why? Just give him a REAL shot to compete for a starting job and let him lead protests like the NBA does.
    This is why I don’t think Kaepernick’s is getting a job…if you sign him, people think “let’s start him” when he’s not any better than any current starter. In fact, Cam Newton (whos still a free agent) is much better than Kaepernick. I’d even start RG3 over him and felt he was better than Colin

  5. Too bad kaepernick screwed it up royally with pig socks, his girlfriend etc.

  6. The list of names is staggering and has been built over decades. Anyone who didn’t see this coming just isn’t paying attention.

  7. Do the right thing…in the wrong arena. People of all colors attend sporting events to get away from politics not have it thrown in our faces. So please athletes with million dollar bank accounts take your politics somewhere else, otherwise you will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

  8. Seahawks need to give Kaepernick the ’12’ million 1 year deal that Clowney has turned down and ask Colin what position he would like to play and when he is available to practice.

  9. And the owners continue to blackball him. While he’s not a top tier QB, hes definitely better than a lot of the other QBs on rosters. The owners continue to make millions off of us. They can say all they want – talk the talk. They need to WALK that talk.

  10. Poor guy turned down 7 million per year and now he’s crying. All he had to do was sign the contract, but he opted out of employment. Sleep in the bed you made.

  11. I can’t even think about football……I’m just worried about boarding up my store downtown
    so that its’ not broken into, looted, and left a total mess.

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