Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said Tuesday he respected the cause of Colin Kaepernick but notes that "I love the flag.''
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson became the latest Seattle player to be asked about Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem.
Like others, such as cornerback Richard Sherman, Wilson gave a lengthy answer that’s best read in its entirety.
Here’s what Wilson said:
I think first of all there is no perfect answer. I understand and respect the cause because there is so much going on America right now. There is so much hurt and so much pain and ultimately I understand what he is doing. Me personally, I love the flag, I love the National Anthem because it’s an emotional time for me because I get to play on the football field and every time I get to put my hand on my heart. It’s truly an honor of the military for me. I think about my family members that have served and friends, and I’m training down in San Diego all the time so I’m around the Navy and stuff so I see those guys, just see those guys around and all they do for our country and the people in Afghanistan and all these people fighting, and 9/11 for example coming up here, that’s going to be our first game I think about all the pain from that. That’s why I stand and put my hand on my heart. I do think there are issues in our country and I think ultimately it comes back to love.
Like I said to you guys before, it comes back to loving one another, appreciating one another, understanding that we’re not perfect but we need to be equal and that’s from the Black community, that’s from the White community, that’s from the police officers to just everybody. All of our military, to everybody that we get to recognize and see and have a great appreciation for what this country is based on and should be based on. It should be based on equality. It should be based on people having freedom of speech and people can have that decision and so I understand what he was doing. But at the same time for me I think about where we need to go and where our thoughts need to be and it needs to be about love and caring for one another and that’s for every community, every situation, every socio-economic status and if we focus on that maybe something can change and I think that is important.
Wilson’s wife, Ciara, comes from a military family as her father was in the Army and her mother in the Air Force.