Former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks will perform a team-wide gesture during the national anthem Sunday, but they will not take a knee like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Wilson posted a short video on Instagram with the message, “CHANGE can Only happen TOGETHER. Unity. Love. Forgiveness. Change.”
“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, and as a team we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity,” Wilson says in the video as a collage of head shots of Seahawks players scrolls across the screen. “We honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish, and we stand to ensure the riches of freedom and the security of justice for all people. Progress can and will be made, only if we stand together.”
Kaepernick decided to stop standing during the national anthem during 49ers preseason games because of his dissatisfaction with the treatment of minorities in the United States. Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeled during the national anthem Thursday night in the first NFL game of the season, and there were reports that the Seahawks were considering a team-wide gesture leading up to their first game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.