Russell Wilson quarterbacked the Seattle Seahawks to a Lombardi Trophy. But he reportedly isn’t black enough for unnamed teammates.
“My feeling on this–and it’s backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players–is that some of the black players think Wilson isn’t black enough,” reports Mike Freeman at Bleacher Report. Say what?
“Well-spoken blacks are seen by some other blacks as not completely black,” Freeman continues. “Some of this is at play.”
Wilson, the son of a lawyer and grandson of a college president, served as his senior class president in high school, graduated from NC State in three years, and regularly tweets Bible verses to his online followers. He also buys donuts for his teammates every week.
Freeman’s article also claims teammates believe Wilson too close to ownership and unwilling to take responsibility for bad throws. Seattle travels to Carolina on Sunday to attempt to rise above .500.
The defending Super Bowl champions struggle on the field at 3-3 and in the locker-room with personality conflicts. The team traded Percy Harvin, who allegedly came to blows with several teammates and nearly came to blows with Wilson, last week for a second-day draft pick. Coach Pete Carroll, lauded for a laid-back approach that allows players to practice to blaring rap music, may be reaping the bitter fruits of his loose style. Might a team of individuals view the team player as the locker-room cancer?
“I believe that God has given me a sense of leadership and to be able to motivate other people and also myself,” the charismatic quarterback explained a few days before the Super Bowl. “God has put me here for a particular reason.”