NFL players react in disgust to Wednesday’s events at U.S. Capitol

Brad Sullivan
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The images of supporters of President Donald Trump storming the U.S. Capitol resonated across the world, with a number of NFL players offering blunt opinions on the shocking event.

The reason why those supporters took such an unprecedented action was connected to the otherwise standard certification of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. The mayhem that ensued forced the politicians who were set to vote on the issue into lockdown.

That chaos and Trump’s controversial role in the matter didn’t escape the notice of many NFL players, who either responded by using social media to express themselves or answering media queries.

Some of the NFL commenters also took note of Trump’s previous criticisms about NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem or his emphasis on the concept of law and order.

In the case of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, he sought to offer a plea for unity in his remarks.

“What we do need to do is come together as a nation,” Wilson said. “It has to start with love. It has to start with people coming together. Our leaders and everything else in our country. We need safety, we need protection for our children and people.”

The debate and vote to officially certify Biden is expected to come either Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. That will mean that he’ll then replace Trump on Jan. 20 when he takes the oath of office.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.