Richard Sherman: Russell Wilson had ‘epiphany of sorts’ over Trump

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks?cornerback Richard Sherman said Wednesday he’s “incredibly proud” of how Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson reacted over the weekend to President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players who protest during the national anthem.

Sherman told MMQB.com that Wilson had an “epiphany of sorts” when he learned of Trump’s comments and that he was prepared to sit or kneel during the national anthem on Sunday. Sherman was struck by Wilson, as a star quarterback, taking a stronger stance on the issue than he had previously taken.

“At times in this league, the quarterbacks are looked at differently, obviously, for various reasons. They touch the ball every play, a lot of times they’re the most recognizable names and faces on the team, and they have certain brands to protect in a way and certain images to uphold,” Sherman said. “You understand that. You understand that as players, that you don’t hear about the biggest-name players in our league [taking strong stances] until recently. Obviously, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have both spoken on the issue since, but they’re very cautious about what they say and what they do.

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