Video shows woman berating Seahawks players over anthem protest
RENTON, Wash. -- A video posted to social media Sunday showed a woman berating two Seahawks players outside the team's facility in Renton.
In the video, posted by Seattle defensive backs Neiko Thorpe and Mike Tyson, a woman in a white Chevrolet Tahoe is engaged in conversation with the two players outside the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.
According to the players, the woman followed them to the VMAC.
"You started your morning off like that?" a player can be heard asking her as the video begins.
he two players seemingly started filming mid-conversation. The woman can be heard berating the duo, neither of whom wase among players kneeling for the pregame national anthem during the 2016 or 2017 seasons to protest the treatment of African Americans in the country.
"... that you cannot stand up and be a man," the woman said. "On your little (expletive) knees and not represent the country's flag that made you what you are."
A voice that seems to belong to Tyson, a second-year pro out of the University of Cincinnati, then asked the woman her name.
"I'm not telling you my (expletive) name," she said. "What's your name?"
"Big Mike," Tyson replied.
"Oh, (expletive) off. I don't care who you are," the woman said. "All I care about is that my tax dollars pay for you to play, and go (expletive) play and get off your (expletive) knees."
The woman apparently didn't know that players' salaries are paid by team owners, in this case Seattle's Paul Allen, and not tax dollars.
(Public funds, of course, were used to build CenturyLink Field)
You can see the video by clicking on this link. But be warned, there is foul language.
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