They just announced the news now.
Throughout the day, we’ve seen NFL teams utilize different demonstrations of unity or forms of protest during the national anthem.
Many players have knelt during the anthem, while some teams linked arms. The Pittsburgh Steelers, sans one player, did not participate in the anthem, as head coach Mike Tomlin said the team wanted to focus on playing the game and not worry about political statements.
The Seattle Seahawks just revealed that they will not participate in the anthem as a team, and they are doing so as a method of protest.
“As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem,” the Seahawks’ statement reads. “We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all.”
— Seattle Seahawks (@seahawksPR) September 24, 2017
This decision will likely cause plenty of strong reaction, from people who agree with it or are opposed to it.
The Seahawks and Titans will kick off shortly