Quarterback Russell Wilson said earlier Friday that the Seahawks would not have played this weekend if there were games scheduled. Corey Peters, the Cardinals’ nose tackle, admitted later in the day that his team had not ruled out boycotting the season opener.
The Cardinals are scheduled to play in San Francisco on September 13.
“In some of our private conversations alone, there were a variety of things that came up, some more extreme than others,” Peters said, via Howard Balzer of SI.com. “But we talked about a wide variety of ways of protesting and a boycott in the first week, obviously that was something that was discussed. But I think in terms of the next steps, I don’t think we’re there yet. We’re still trying to talk with some of the leaders on the team and figure out what’s the best way to have the biggest impact.
“One thing that concerns me some guys, and me too, is that I think it’s a great platform. Look at me here setting here talking to you now about these problems. And I don’t want us to give up on our platform to keep trying to strive for change. So I think everything should be weighed the same. And I hope we find a solution that is in everyone’s best interest.
Cardinals left tackle DJ Humphries preached patience, warning against backlashing when emotions are raw.
The NBA has postponed a total of nine games since Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks became the first team not to play in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Wisconsin on Sunday. The NBA will resume play on Saturday after the league and its players agreed to work together on several initiatives to promote access to the vote, fight social injustice and racial inequality and advocate for police reform.
Since the filming of Blake, however, NFL players have gone from kneeling discussion during the National Anthem to sitting games.
“There are so many options, and it’s such an emotional time right now that the group of guys we have in the locker room, we want to make sure we make a well thought out choice about whatever we decide to do. “, Humphries told me. “And show our solidarity as a unit. We don’t want to just jump out there all emotional and have to worry about what comes with it and what we’re not prepared for.
“And then whatever we come out of, we want to be able to be organized and have a plan and something to stick to and understand. (We need) everyone to be on the same page and understand why we are fighting so that we can keep moving forward and making progress.