Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick developed a modest rivalry over the course of the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Wilson took things to another level, and Kaepernick is a free agent following his decision to take a knee last year.
Wilson recently sat down with former teammate Michael Robinson for an interview on NFL Network. Robinson asked him about Kaepernick, and Wilson offered up an answer. He provided support and acknowledged the need for a little chaos for any movement. However, he also went with an attempt to cover for any potential offense by citing Michael Jackson’ song “Man in the Mirror.” The latter half sounded exactly like what I would expect Wilson to say.
You can read the full quote above, but if you can’t see the tweet, here is the transcription of Wilson’s comment.
“First of all when it comes to Colin, I think he was trying to stand for something really good. I think he was trying to stand for change and trying to make a point — which he did make a point. A lot of people talked about it — we’re still talking about it today and that is significant. There is no to have a movement and a change without a little bit of chaos. Whether people think it’s right or wrong, at the end of the day we’re still talking about it which is the great thing about it. Now, I think that in terms of what the world needs, what we really need is love and I’m a firm believer in that. I don’t want my kids to go to school and have to deal with racial issues. I don’t want somebody else’s kids, I don’t want your kids, I don’t want another person of a different race to go to school with different issues. I think that it’s really a love issue, it’s really a caring issue for other people and individuals. I think that we all have a chance to make a difference in our communities and it starts with the individual. Michael Jackson, one of my favorite entertainers of all time, he said, ‘Man in the mirror,’ and that’s true. The idea that the man in the mirror is what we have to fix first. In the grand scheme of things, we all have to make a difference. We all have to make a little bit of a change.”