Seattle Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll didn’t rule out some NFL players might sit out games during the regular season in protest of racial injustice and police brutality.
Carroll addressed the issue after the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday, prompting a chain reaction where the NBA postponed all three of its playoff games and other sports leagues postponing games throughout the day and night. The events came in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.
With the NFL’s regular season scheduled to begin in two weeks, the league had assumed the only threat to its opening weekend was the coronavirus pandemic. Now the NFL has another potential concern on its hands, the possibly of players sitting out games.
“Anything’s possible. I mentioned to the players this is the year – the protest season. It’s the season of protesting,” Carroll told reporters Wednesday. “This is a protest that doesn’t have an end to it until all the problems go away. And we solve the issues and stuff.
“So we’re gonna do our part and continue to work to stay actively involved, and continue to stay in touch with the situations that are going on by staying on the topics and with it just in hopes that we can be there to help and support where we can and have influence where we can.”
A number of NFL players, including the Seahawks’ safety Jamal Adams and Houston Texans’ wide receiver Kenny Stills, offered support of the NBA players. In addition, the New York Jets, Washington Football Team and the Indianapolis Colts have each cancelled their practice session for today.