Seahawks and Titans Stay in Locker Rooms
Neither the Seattle Seahawks nor the Tennessee Titans took the field for Meghan Linsey’s singing of the national anthem in Nashville.
While the Titans not participating was somewhat of a surprise, the Seahawks had announced in advance that they would not be on the field. Their statement said:
“As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all.
Respectfully, The Players of the Seattle Seahawks.”
The complete absence of players made for a bizarre scene where team mascots and game officials were the only things the television cameras had to focus on besides the flag and Linsey. Unlike at some other stadiums, where fans booed at the protests, the fans in Nashville were eerily quiet during the anthem, and after its conclusion Linsey took a knee on the field.