Predicting what the Seahawks will do during the National Anthem before their first regular season game is like predicting which way the wind is going to blow - you only know that it’s going to happen. When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem, his protest inspired athletes from diverse backgrounds to either follow suit in solidarity or publicly criticize his political statement. And now the Seattle Seahawks are planning something that will take place before their game on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil.
What are the Seattle Seahawks going to do during the National Anthem on 9/11? A protest? An act of overt patriotism? It's anyone's guess, as the team has been frustratingly vague. "It’s going to be a team thing," said linebacker Bobby Wagner. "That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”
Predictably, this has led to speculation, hyperbole, misleading headlines, and preemptive outrage. The fact is, however, that the world doesn't know what the NFL team is planning. Whether it's some form of protest or a new, politicized version of the Super Bowl Shuffle, the Seattle Seahawks September 11 move isn’t just a potentially important moment for sports, it’s an event that could cause people from all walks of life to think about what it means to be an American, as well as the implications of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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