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Pete Carroll denies there was an ‘anti-Russell Wilson’ rift in Seahawks locker room

Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson

Is there a mutiny brewing in the Seattle Seahawks locker room, particularly against quarterback Russell Wilson? For the nth time, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll denied such rumors while speaking with reporters last Friday, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

So was there an anti-Russell Wilson sentiment in the locker room? Coach Pete Carroll fielded that question from reporters on Friday.

“No,” Carroll said. “No. I have . . . no. I don’t even know what that would mean. I’m going to sound like [Supreme Court nominee Brett] Kavanaugh. I don’t know.”

Rumors about Wilson being a disliked figure in Seattle’s locker room have been swirling for quite some time now, allegedly because it seemed to some of the quarterback’s teammates that he’s being babied by the Seahawks’ management.

This perceived discord among Seahawks players was amplified by a recent feature written by Greg Bishop and Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated in which the resentment of some Seattle members from 2012-17 was highlighted.

Peter Carroll appeared to have spoken with his team with regards to the article.

“Just the media and the impact of the media and how they can factor in if you let it,” Carroll said. “With all of the hype that comes in this first week, just look at the pomp and all the circumstance. . . . There’s so much lead-in and so much build-up that there’s a lot going on and we have to deal with it really well, whatever it is and whatever form it comes in. If this is an example of an opportunity to do that, then we welcome it. We’ll take it on and we’ll move through whatever.”

This isn’t the type of distraction the Seahawks would feel comfortable to have right now, especially after they just lost to Denver Broncos, 27-24, back in Week 1.

Russell Wilson and company will look to get their first win of the season next Monday against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.