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Every American Should Read QB Russell Wilson’s Reasons for Not Joining in Kaepernick’s Flag Protest

Russell Wilson is considered by many to be one of the most stand-up guys in sports.

The Seahawks quarterback visits kids in the hospital (as do many of his fellow players), helps at football camps, sets a good example for others, and practiced sexual abstinence before marrying singer Ciara.

At a news conference following practice Tuesday, Wilson was asked about the Colin Kaepernick ‘sit-in’ during the National Anthem in protest of the oppression of “black people and people of color.”

Here’s what Wilson said:

“First of all, there’s no perfect answer. I understand and respect the cause because there’s so much going on in America right now — so much hurt, so much pain. And ultimately I understand what he’s doing.”

But he went on to say that for him, standing with your hand over your heart is not a statement about what’s wrong with the country, but an affirmation of what’s right with it.

He said he has high regard for those who keep this country safe:

“For me, I love the flag. I love the National Anthem because it’s an emotional time for me because I’m so grateful 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 — you know, the military, for me I think about my family members who have served, and friends — I train down in San Diego all the time, so I’m around the Navy and I see those guys around. And all they do for our country and the people in Afghanistan and all these people fighting. 9/11, for example, coming up — that’s going to be our first game and I think about all the pain from that. So that’s why I stand and put my hand on my heart.”

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