Seahawks All-Pro Linebacker Bobby Wagner’s video press conference with the Seattle Media was raw, genuine, and real. The Seahawks defensive captain spoke from the perspective of being a black man in America. With racial tensions at an all-time high resulting in peaceful protest and unwarranted looting and violence here are highlights from the call.
ON BEING TIRED AND HURT
“I am hurt and in pain that we have to watch a black man being murdered and watching him gasp for air and basically asking for life. I support the protestor and the message of what’s going on. I am also asking you all especially the media that play a part and a role.
A lot of focus is on the rioting and looting and we are not focusing on what started that. Black people are tired of the same things going on without a change. The black community is tired of people not being held accountable. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know it’s important for all of us to educate ourselves and understand each other.”
ATTENDING THE PROTEST ANF CHALLENGING THE MEDIA
What made Wagner’s message compelling was the fact that it was more than words. Wagner revealed to the press that he attended the Saturday rally in Seattle.
MESSAGE FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE
In addition to urging adults to educate themselves, Wagner had a message for the youth.
“People are angry. People are frustrated… Channel that energy and put that into something positive. Reach out to leaders and elders and let them guide you through this – because it’s not easy.”
ON THE SEAHAWKS DEFENSE THIS YEAR
When asked about the Seahawks defense outlook for the upcoming season Wagner was excited and optimistic.
RUSSELL WILSON TWEET
While he was not on the Wagner video call quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted out his stance on the ongoing racial tensions gripping the nation.