Many athletes have had their personal opinions heard during this presidential election.
“I guess I expect it,’’ Sherman said. “It’s the time and age, people are showing their true colors so he helped them show their true colors. So I guess this is the culmination of it.’’
Baldwin also talked about the result, which was very upsetting to him as well.
“I don’t know if I can put it (his disappointment) in degrees. It’s just there’s a whole bunch of context that goes with it, and I thought that a lot of the things that we have seen in the past few months kind of brought up a lot of old emotions and old feelings. In terms of growing up in the South and being around a more conservative area, it resonated with me pretty painfully that that’s what our population wanted. That’s what the country wanted, and to move in that direction is disheartening to some degree.
Baldwin would continue:
“In my personal opinion, I think that as we’ve grown as a country, we’ve allowed our fears and our doubts and our questions about things that we don’t know to become more divisive than uniting us as a country, as a people. And in doing so we’ve taken facts and knowledge and information and the importance of that, and we’ve replaced it with just our beliefs — in the beliefs of what we should fear or the beliefs of what our problems are. And those seem to resonate more with the voices or the ears and eyes of people in our culture, in our country, more so than facts. That to me is my belief, and that’s why it’s so disappointing to me.”
Baldwin believes that the election has opened up dialogue about race relations, political affiliations and so forth.
“I think that at times it has been divisive because of the conversation, the political conversation that we’ve had and the context of what is going on and what has been going on with the election,’’ he said. “Now it’s become more divisive and so it’s discouraging at some point. But the fight must continue.’’
He would also talk about the affect of the election on the locker room dynamic of the Seahawks. He thinks that it has no affect on the play on the field.
“I honestly believe that the football locker room is a unique dynamic when it comes to relationships and the way that we handle different things and problems within the locker room,’’ Baldwin said. “We are really, really close and you can’t get away from it. If there’s a problem you can’t run from it because you’ve got to come into work. So any time we have disagreements or issues we have to address it right away beacuse we can’t allow it to linger and affect and impact our play on the football field. And so this, the election, didn’t really cause any problems in our locker room, if that is what you are hinting at.’’
Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, said that the country needs to come together.
“We didn’t have an uprising,’’ Carroll said. “… it was going to be a big transition whoever won and so it’s a big challenge for our country to draw together and do the right thing moving forward and all that. So we have been staying abreast of it all along.’’