Seattle Seahawks consider team-wide protest of the national anthem at NFL opener

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Jeremy Lane #20 of the Seattle Seahawks stands on the sidelines during their preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum on September 1, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (WGNO) – The Seattle Seahawks may be following Colin Kaepernick by protesting the national anthem before their NFL opener on Sunday.

A number of Seahawk players suggested that they might make a team-wide stand, by sitting for the national anthem, at their opener against Miami on Sunday.

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the national anthem at their pre-season game against the Raiders last Thursday and he says he will continue to do so. Receiver Doug Baldwin and linebacker Bobby Wagner said they are considering join Lane, but if they do, it would be a team-wide protest. Wagner said: “That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.” He added: “Whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise.”

Kaepernick, the backup 49ers quarterback, has received a lot of attention since he opted not to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner in protest of police brutality and oppression of minorities.

The Seahawks will hold their season opener against the Dolphins on Sunday, September 11. This will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

“I think that anybody should be thinking about that,” Baldwin said. “Even if it wasn’t 11 September, the point of the protest is to get people to think. I think it’s ironic that 15 years ago is one of the most devastating times in US history, and after that day we were probably the most unified that we’ve ever been. And today you struggle to see the unity.”

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