Tri-Cities fans react to Seahawks' actions during national anthem
TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks decided to stay in the locker room for the national anthem Sunday.
This came after President Trump's opinion on Friday about players kneeling during the national anthem,
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that Son of a B**** off the field right now. Out. He's fired."
The Seahawks responded with a statement before their Sunday game against the Tennessee Titans:
As a team we've decided not to 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.
Folks in the Tri-Cities are divided about the Seahawks decision.
Diehard Seahawks fan DJ Bayers said he likes how the Hawks handled it,
"A silent protest or a kneeling one is always better than a violent one. A violent one loses its power."
Kevin Mathews agreed. He served in the Navy and said he wishes politicians would leave sports alone,
"Even though I support his agenda I think he was wrong. And for the president to come out and start politicizing sporting events, and sports in general, I think is wrong."
Another veteran, Charlie Germano from Kennewick, said he did his time for the country and isn't threatened by how the Seahawks handled themselves,
"I feel that the American flag is sacred, but I also defend the right of people to make a statement about their feelings."
Not everyone agrees with how things were handled. Tasha Thompson from Richland said the team is definitely within their rights, but,
"I think it's horrible. Like that people wouldn't want to be a part of our national anthem."
Thompson wasn't alone. Some folks said they were willing to cut ties to the team over it.
Cyndee Tucker said until Sunday she made a point to watch every Seahawks game,
"I did not watch the game, I turned it off. And I will not watch a game as long as they stay in the locker room."
Tucker added that she's giving away all her Seahawks gear, and agreed with Mathews. She said she thinks sports and politics should be kept separate,
"They need to choose a different format and a different venue to do it. They can state their opinion but they need to stand and respect the nation anthem."
A lot of folks agreed with Tucker but said they aren't dropping their team.
Justin Jonker from Kennewick said he's watched the Seahawks since he was a little kid,
"Just them making a statement isn't going to change the fact that I like the Seahawks."
Betty Germano said she's absolutely still a fan,
"They werent the only team that stayed in the locker room so I think they did the best thing for them."
Anthony Moore said Sunday's decision didn't change his mind either,
"But if they don't start winning, that might."