One difference (of many) between Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick?
“I love the flag,” Wilson said Tuesday.
That was the Seahawks quarterback’s response when asked following practice about San Francisco’s QB and Wilson’s NFC West rival not standing for the National Anthem before his games to protest racial inequality in our country.
“I think, first of all, there’s no perfect answer,” Wilson said. “I understand and respect the cause, because there is so much going on in America right now. There is so much hurt and so much pain. And ultimately I understand what he’s doing.
“For me, I love the flag. I love the National Anthem, because it’s an emotional time for me because I am so grateful I get to play on the football field. And every time I get to put my hand on my heart, you know, it’s truly to honor the military, for me. I think about my family members that have served, friends, and I train down in San Diego (in the offseason) all the time so I am around the Navy and stuff and so I see those guys. Just to see those guys and all they do for our country and people in Afghanistan and all these people fighting — 9-11, for example, coming up here and that’s going to be our first game and I think about all the pain from that.
“So that’s why I stand, with my hand over my heart.”
Wilson did acknowledge and “understand” Kaepernick’s position.
“I do think there are issues in our country,” Wilson said. “Ultimately, that comes back to love, like I’ve told you guys before. It comes back to loving one another, appreciating one another, understanding that we are not perfect — but we need to be equal. That’s from the Black community, that’s from the White community, that’s from the police officers to just everybody, all of our military. Just everybody that we get to recognize and see, have an appreciation for what this country is based on — what it should be based on. It should be based on equality. It should be based on freedom of speech. People can have that decision.
“So, I understand, I understand what he’s doing. But at the same time, for me, I also think about where we need to go, where our thoughts need to be. It needs to be about love. It needs to be about caring for other people. And that’s for every community, every situation, every socio-economic status. And if we can focus on that, maybe something will change. And I think that’s important.
Gregg Bell: @gbellseattle