The Seattle Seahawks interlocking their arms during the national anthem on 9/11 drew criticism from fans, who believed the team's stance against racism and violence was a little too politically correct and All Lives Matter instead of Black Lives Matter.
The Seahawks' three-time Pro Bowl cornerback used his press conference Wednesday to discuss NFL players protesting during the national anthem and how police brutality against unarmed Black men continues to plague the country.
He also did so while declining any questions from the press, walking off after he finished making his powerful statement.
“I think you have players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issues and try to make a stand and increase people’s awareness and put a spotlight on it and they’re being ignored," Sherman said at the Seahawks' podium Wednesday. "Whether they’re taking a knee or whether they’re locking arms, they’re trying to bring people together and unite them for a cause."
He added, “I think the last couple days a couple more guys have gotten shot and killed in the middle of the street. More videos have come out of guys getting killed, and I think people are still missing the point. The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason we’re locking arms is to bring people together to make people aware that this is not right. It’s not right for people to get killed in the street.”
Watch and listen to his powerful statement in full below.
Fresh off Sherman delivering these words and with the Seahawks slated to host the 49ers, it will be interesting to see if more players from each team take a stance Sunday.
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