After Jeremy Lane followed Colin Kaepernick's lead by taking a stance during the national anthem last week to fight violence and racism in America, reports surfaced about the entire Seattle Seahawks team possibly planning a similar silent protest.
Well, sure enough, when Sunday afternoon — 9/11 — rolled around and the Seahawks were about to kick off their season opener against the Miami Dolphins, they responded with a team-wide stance.
All the Seahawks players stood up for the national anthem, but they interlocked their arms as a show of unity and nod of support for Kaepernick and Seattle's Lane's stance.
Those following Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Instagram knew it was coming, as he spoke about it before the game via this post.
Although the Seahawks were content with their team-wide stance, many fans weren't, reducing it to nothing more than an All Lives Matter stance and not as strong as Kaepernick's silent protest.
The Seahawks weren't the only team that interlocked their arms during the national anthem, either, as the Kansas City Chiefs did the same Sunday. The only difference was Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters stood at the end of the line and raised his fist.
The New England Patriots' Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty stood for the national anthem on Sunday night, but raised their fists following the song.
The question is: Was the Seahawks' protest and that from other teams as effective as Kaepernick's initial stance? Or are they too safe?
Does a true stance require players at least kneeling during the national anthem as Dolphins' Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins and Kenny Stills did Sunday?
What do you think?
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