NFL Media’s Jim Trotter reported earlier today that a few prominent black players are considering sitting down to a game to make their feelings felt and force change.
The NFL season begins in two weeks. But Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said on Friday that if games were scheduled this weekend, he and his teammates would be seated after Jacob Blake was shot by police.
“Yeah, for sureWilson said on 710 ESPN Seattle, via ESPN’s Brady Henderson. “I think just witnessing what happened to Jacob and all the rest and all the things added to it, it’s devastating. It’s really devastating to watch this. It hasn’t been like this for years. This is the scary part and the sad part. The difference now is we can see it everyday through social media, phones and everything in between. I think the world really sees the ugliness of society sometimes, and I think what’s really disappointing is just knowing that while we athletes are trying to make a difference and sometimes people don’t. don’t want to listen and don’t want to acknowledge this. could have been us, it could be us. I think this is a real reality. I think for us as a team, for the Seahawks, we’re definitely discussing what we’ll do next. How to make a change? How do we make movement and how can we make a difference? We’re in the middle of it all right now. We don’t have weeks and we don’t have months. We don’t have years to change it. We all need to do it together, and we need to do it now, and we need change now, and we need people to make a difference now. We call people like [the media] to really help us along the way too.
Wilson added that as a father of three black children he had fears for them.
“It has been one of the most difficult years of my life observing, knowing and understanding that I have children,” Wilson said. “I have three amazing kids, smart, athletic, talented, full of lies, full of huge, huge smiles that just bring joy and light to the world and everyone they meet, and what I the fear is that one day they are not there because of someone else’s insecurities, because of lack of empathy, because of racism. And it’s a real thought that, to be honest, you might not all have to deal with. When I saw this, reality is reality, and it’s unfortunate, so how can we change this reality?