Seahawks star QB Russell Wilson opens up about President Trump

Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 1:10 PM

            SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game at CenturyLink Field on January 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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In hundreds of interviews and news conferences over a five-year span, Russell Wilson has carefully avoided tackling controversial political issues.
That changed on Tuesday during a Facebook live session while Wilson was getting a haircut before appearing on the Conan O'Brien show. When the subject of President Donald Trump came up, Wilson went deep.
"We've got to attack this issue here," he said. "Despite anyone's political issues or views, everybody has the right to choose who they want to vote for, but this thing is getting out of hand. It's getting out of hand, people. I don't care who you voted for. Just so you know, I voted for Hillary," he said.

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Wilson reacted to the protests in the streets of Seattle and what he saw himself in airports from SeaTac to LAX.

"When you think about all the negativity that's happened within a 10-day period, it's already too much. It's already crazy. It's already affecting people's hearts and souls and lives in such a negative way, in my opinion," he said.
Seahawk fans seemed startled when they saw the comments. 
"I was a little surprised that he got political because he hasn't been political in the past," said Anne Bennett. 
"I was shocked actually to hear such a strong statement from him," said Lee Kindell.
Wilson's statements grew bolder with a dark prediction that Trump may not finish his term in office.
"I don't even know if he'll be able to last four years, in my opinion," he said. "You don't want to wish bad upon anybody because if he doesn't last four years, that means that something went wrong. Hopefully nothing goes wrong," he said.
Some Seahawks fans pushed back on social media, urging Wilson to "focus on football." Wilson reacted to one of them during his commentary, saying he was focused on "a balance" in his life.
Others admired Wilson's first pass at a politically charged issue.

"I think that gives us as a community more strength and courage to step up and say what we believe and what we think should be done," said Kindell.
Glen Freeman said Wilson has a responsibility to share thoughtful opinions about current events.

“I think people who are in the limelight that are mentors, and people we look up to, if they're saying nothing, they are missing half of their function," he said.

Watch the Bengals first draft pick compare his salary to Peyton Manning’s

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 3:35 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

Bob Johnson and Peyton Manning both played college football at Tennessee. 

They were both first-round NFL draft picks. That’s about where the similarities end. 

Johnson, a center who was the first player ever drafted by the Bengals when they used the second pick in the 1968 draft on him, said he once compared his salary to that of Manning, a quarterback who was the No. 1 pick by the Colts 30 years later. 

Now that is one way to look at it. 

How things change, eh? 

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19:  U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the New England Patriots during a celebration of the team's Super Bowl victory on the South Lawn at the White House April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The Patriots have snapped back after a collage photo posted by The New York Times shows a comparison of the team celebrating their Super Bowl win with former president Barack Obama in 2015 and this year with President Donald Trump. 

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According to the team, the comparison photo suggests a significantly smaller turnout for Trump’s celebration. The two photos show the Patriots personnel with the president on the south side of the White House. In the 2015 photo, two staircases are filled with men, whereas the photo with Trump shows empty staircases. 

“These photos lack context,” the Patriots wrote on Twitter. “In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.”

The Patriots posted another photo to their Twitter account Wednesday showing Patriots staff and players who visited the White House Wednesday, among other personnel.

The organization said 34 players visited the White House Wednesday. 

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Tom Brady, Chris Long, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty were not among the players who made the trip to Washington, D.C.

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Patriots spokesman Stacey James told The New York Times about 34 players visited the White House in 2005 and 2006 when George W. Bush was in office. He said nearly 50 players attended the event in 2015 when Obama hosted. 

“James said that one reason substantially fewer players showed up this time as compared to 2015 was that some veteran players did not see the need to go twice in three years,” The New York Times reported.

The New York Times responded to the Patriots Wednesday on Twitter. 

“Patriots say (number) of players was smaller this year than 2015, but total delegation was roughly the same,” the publication wrote.

The delegation was made up of Patriots players as well as the organization’s personnel.

Tom Brady won't visit White House with Patriots to celebrate Super Bowl win

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 10:32 AM

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not visit the White House on Wednesday in an annual tradition for Super Bowl winners to meet with the president.

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“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today,” Brady said in a statement released by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Thank you to the president for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.” 

Brady, 39, later posted a photo on social media in honor of his parents’ 48th wedding anniversary. The post suggested Brady would be spending the day with his parents. 

“For 48 years, my sisters and I have had the best example of love, friendship and compassion in our lives,” he wrote. “And it's so special to celebrate together.”

Brady’s mother, Galynn Brady, has been undergoing treatment for cancer for the last couple of years, The Washington Post reported. Tom Brady’s Super Bowl game was the only game his mother was able to attend due to health issues, according to Reiss. 

Most of the Patriots team will get together at the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl win with President Donald Trump.

Trump has repeatedly spoken and tweeted about his fandom of the Patriots and his friendship with Tom Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a known Trump supporter.

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Several members of the team will not attend the ceremony because of the man whose hand they would be shaking.

Chris Long, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty said they are not making the trip to Washington, D.C.

“We’ll have a lot of fun at the ring ceremony,” McCourty told WFXT. “We had a lot of fun at the afterparty. We had a lot of fun on the plane coming back. The ring ceremony is really the thing where the last time the team gets together… where you get to enjoy everyone on that team. So I don’t, me personally, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.”

Tom Brady also did not participate two years ago when the team met with then-President Barack Obama at the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl 49 win.

Tom Brady did not cite politics as a reason.

Report: Marshawn Lynch agrees to contract terms with Raiders

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

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Retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has agreed to contract terms with the Raiders, according to a tweet from sports journalist Michael Silver.

The trade with the Seahawks has not yet been completed. 

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Seahawks writer Brady Henderson said on Twitter that the Seahawks still hold Lynch's rights.

"Re-worked deal is presumably a precursor to a trade as his contract includes a $9M base salary for 2017," Henderson wrote.

Earlier this month, Lynch reportedly told the Raiders that he intends to un-retire and play again, according to an NFL insider.

League sources told ESPN in mid-March that the Raiders were trying to acquire Lynch.

Seattle, which has Lynch under contract for another two years, could decide to release Lynch and allow him to sign with Oakland, according to ESPN. The sports network reported that Lynch has considered coming out of retirement, and playing for his hometown team could influence his decision.

Though Lynch himself has yet to publicly announce or deny his intention to return to the NFL, he fueled the rumors that he wants to come out of retirement.

Amid the March ESPN speculation of his return, Lynch retweeted:

Lynch is from Oakland and has said in the past he’d like to play for his home team. Lynch famously announced his retirement with a tweet showing a picture of cleats over a phone wire with a peace out emoji.