Seattle Seahawks superstar quarterback Russell Wilson has made his feeling about sitting during the national anthem crystal clear.
Wilson was asked about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit and protest during the national anthem, and said he understood what Kaepernick was doing, according to Q13 Fox. (RELATED: Millionaire NFL Quarterback Has Mind-Boggling Reason For Refusal To Stand For National Anthem)
However, he also gave a spirited defense for why it’s important to stand during the anthem. (RELATED: Colin Kaepernick’s Shirt Features A Dictator Who Banned Complaining About Racism)
He told the media in part:
For me, I love the flag. I love the National Anthem because it’s an emotional time for me because I’m so grateful I get to play on the football field. And every time I get to put my hand on my heart, it’s truly an honor. You know, the military, for me I think about my family members who have served, and friends. I train down in San Diego all the time, so I’m around the Navy and I see those guys around. And all they do for our country and the people in Afghanistan and all these people fighting. 9/11, for example, coming up, that’s going to be our first game and I think about all the pain from that. So that’s why I stand and put my hand on my heart.
Kaepernick’s next upcoming game is Thursday night in San Diego against the Chargers, and it’ll also be “Salute to Military” night. It could potentially be a circus if he decides to sit during the national anthem in front of lots of military members.