Will the Seattle Seahawks protest the National Anthem? The Huffington Post reports that in a not-very-carefully-guarded secret that, indeed, this Sunday, September 11, 2016, (which just so happens to be the 15th Anniversary of 9/11).
As is the case with Colin Kaepernick’s sit-down turned kneel-down protest of the anthem, members of the Seahawks obviously have the right to peacefully protest the flag, the anthem or anything else they find offensive or lacking as a group or individually. After all, people have died to protect the freedom of speech, which includes freedom of expression.
That said, if the Seahawks follow through with a protest that is divisive and out of proportion and context – I think much special interest dissatisfaction today is myopic and misinformed and malignant – I will exercise my right to not watch a further second of the Seahawks in 2016!
“But Mark, what If the Seahawks make the Super Bowl? You’ve been watching that every year since you were a kid.”
Then February 5, 2017, will be my first year not to watch America’s biggest spectacle since 1969 when Joe Namath and the New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts.
Let me throw in one caveat. The Huffington Post headlines the story as a total team protest. But throughout the article, there are indications that it is not a negative protest at all. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin Jr. says in a tweet, “To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity.”
Does that sound like a protest?
Linebacker Bobby Wagner told the Seattle Times that whatever the team decides to do, “it’s not going to be individual. 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 added that it would be “a big surprise.”
So, if the team’s “surprise” group action ends up honoring flag and country, then the report and my response to the report is much ado about nothing and I will call of my protest that has the NFL and Seattle Seahawks sitting on the edge of the proverbial seat.