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Seattle Seahawks apologize for tweet comparing Martin Luther King Jr., football

The Seattle Seahawks issued this apology after tweeting

The Seattle Seahawks issued this apology after tweeting a photo of Russell Wilson with the words "We shall overcome." Photo Credit: Twitter

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks have apologized for a tweet that linked their improbable NFC championship game victory to Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, the national holiday celebrating the slain civil rights leader, the team sent out a Twitter message that said, "We shall overcome." The tweet featured a picture of an emotional Russell Wilson, the team's quarterback, next to a quote from King and the hashtag MLKDay.

Later, the team deleted the tweet and sent out an apology for "poor judgment," adding it was not the intent to equate football to "the civil rights legacy of Dr. King."

On Sunday, the Seahawks came from behind to defeat the Green Bay Packers 28-22. They will face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.


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