The U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Group based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord attended Seahawks’ practice Wednesday.
The Seahawks didn’t invite just one or two special guests to help break down their huddle following practice Wednesday but about 100 — all members of U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Group, Airborne based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
But first, the Special Forces Group also got a few words of gratitude from coach Pete Carroll and cornerback Richard Sherman.
“He thanked us for our services,’’ said Chris Harper, a Public Affairs officer and spokesman for the group of Sherman’s message. “He said what we do is very important and allows them to do what they do. And that meant a lot.’’
It’s a message that might seem to take on even more meaning in light of recent events, including NFL players such as Seattle’s Michael Bennett sitting for the national anthem in preseason games. Bennett made clear his action Sunday at Carson, Calif., was not aimed at the military, noting his father served in the Navy. Bennett said his aim was solely to bring attention to social injustice and other similar issues.
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But some inevitably have taken such stances as also serving as slights at the military.
Harper, though, said he didn’t perceive it that way.
“Me personally, we have signed up to defend our country so that we have those rights,’’ he said. “And I have no animosity towards it. Personally, I am going to stand. But I do that for my own personal reasons and how that person chooses to protest in their own personal way is a luxury that we have here that is not available in other parts of the planet.’’
Harper said he doubted few, if any, of the Special Forces Group members attending Wednesday had that on their mind much, if at all.
The Special Forces group attended the practice…