“I will stop sucking,” Russell Wilson announced Wednesday night on Instagram, but he wasn’t talking about the way the Seahawks’ offense played in its first game.
In a short video, Wilson promised to stop using plastic straws because of the negative environmental impacts they have on the world’s oceans. His post was part of a campaign by the Lonely Whale Foundation challenging people to stop using plastic straws. On its website, the foundation says Americans use 500 million plastic straws per day and at the current pace there will be more plastic than fish in oceans by 2050.
Foundation co-founder Adrian Grenier, an actor best known for his role in “Entourage,” challenged Wilson to go strawless. The organization had previously announced plans to push the #stopsucking campaign in Seattle.
“We’re using so many plastic straws all over the world and these plastic straws are going right into our oceans and killing all of our amazing fish and whales and everybody else,” Wilson said in the video. “And so the Lonely Whale Foundation and everything thing they are doing, I am in full, full support and I will stop sucking for our fish and for our whales and everybody else. And for our kids.”
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Wilson capped his video by encouraging all Seahawks fans to stop using plastic straws.
Not everybody seemed to catch the point of his message. Some assumed he was talking about football (And, presumably, some were disappointed he wasn’t.)
On Reddit, a conversation quickly ensued about Wilson leading the Seahawks to an 18-1 record. Another fan pointed out it seemed like a subliminal message to the Seahawks’ offensive line. In response, Crimson 342 wrote, “What two shapes do straws have?? O and a line.. Confirmed.”