GOOD NEWS Wilson Reacts to Kaepernick Controversy: Why I Stand & Put My Hand on My Heart
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the latest NFL player to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and his decision to sit during the national anthem in protest of America's "oppression" of African Americans.
During a news conference Tuesday, Wilson gave a thoughtful response, saying that "there is no perfect answer."
He said that he respects Kaepernick's right to express himself and he understands that there is racial division in the U.S. right now.
Wilson said that he, however, loves the national anthem and what it stands represents.
"I love the flag, I love the national anthem because it’s an emotional time for me because I get to play on the football field and every time I get to put my hand on my heart. It’s truly an honor of the military for me," Wilson said.
"That’s why I stand and put my hand on my heart. I do think there are issues in our country and I think ultimately it comes back to love."
Here’s what Wilson said:
I think first of all there is no perfect answer. I understand and respect the cause because there is so much going on America right now. There is so much hurt and so much pain and ultimately I understand what he is doing. Me personally, I love the flag, I love the National Anthem because it’s an emotional time for me because I get to play on the football field and every time I get to put my hand on my heart. It’s truly an honor of the military for me. I think about my family members that have served and friends, and I’m training down in San Diego all the time so I’m around the Navy and stuff so I see those guys, just see those guys around and all they do for our country and the people in Afghanistan and all these people fighting, and 9/11 for example coming up here, that’s going to be our first game I think about all the pain from that. That’s why I stand and put my hand on my heart.
I do think there are issues in our country and I think ultimately it comes back to love. Like I said to you guys before, it comes back to loving one another, appreciating one another, understanding that we’re not perfect but we need to be equal and 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, to everybody that we get to recognize and see and have a great appreciation for what this country is based on and should be based on. It should be based on equality. It should be based on people having freedom of speech and people can have that decision and so I understand what he was doing. But at the same time for me I think about where we need to go and where our thoughts need to be and it needs to be about love and caring for one another and that’s for every community, every situation, every socio-economic status and if we focus on that maybe something can change and I think that is important.
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