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RUSSELL WILSON, BENJAMIN WATSON REVEAL WHY THEY HAVEN'T JOINED KAEPERNICK IN SITTING FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

by Leah Marieann Klett
(United States)

Christian NFL stars Russell Wilson and Benjamin Watson have weighed in on Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the National Anthem, explaining that while they understand his perspective, they will not be joining him in protesting the nation's flag. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports/via Gospel Herald)


The two athletes shared their thoughts after Kaepernick announced that he plans to sit during every performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at NFL games to represent "people that are being oppressed."

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way," the San Francisco 49ers' backup quarterback told NFL Media.

Watson, the Baltimore Ravens tight end who is currently recovering, from a torn achilles, first noted that as soon as he is able, he will be standing for national anthem—even though America is still plagued by issues like racism, abortion, police brutality, and pollution. Standing for "The Star Spangled Banner", he argues, honors those who endured hardships to gain such a privilege.

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