Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, here wearing his GoPro during Super Bowl media, apparently doesn't want UberX to leave Seattle.
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, here wearing his GoPro and Google Glass during Super Bowl Media Day, apparently doesn’t want UberX to leave Seattle.

First Macklemore, now the Seahawks.

One day after Macklemore, the world-famous rapper and Seattle native, used his social media accounts to voice opposition against proposed regulations that could limit the number of UberX, Lyft and Sidecar drivers in Seattle to 300, it looks like some Seahawks wide receivers feel the same way.

Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, the team’s top two receivers, both tweeted this morning to encourage people to sign a petition in favor of allowing services like UberX to operate without a driver limit Seattle.

Both players used the same text in their tweets, which makes one question the authenticity of their actual thoughts on this issue.

Even more suspicious is the fact that another receiver, Sidney Rice, tweeted the exact same thing Wednesday morning. However, since Rice is expected to be cut from the Seahawks and will likely sign with another team in a new city, it’s a little odd that he cares so much about UberX staying in Seattle.

An Uber spokesperson tells us that “we did not pay for anything” in regard to today’s tweets. On Tuesday, the company said the same about Macklemore’s tweet and Facebook post.

The three Seahawks players combined have about 500,000 Twitter followers. Macklemore, meanwhile, has 2.23 million followers on Twitter, and another 4.11 million likes on his Facebook page.

For what it’s worth, Allen Stone, another famous musician from Seattle, also shared his support for UberX this morning:

debate has been raging in the city in recent weeks over whether the new breed of companies like UberX and Lyft — which allow customers to request a ride via a smartphone and automatically pay for fares without using cash — should be able to operate in the city.

uberxMany, including those in the tech industry, argue that these companies offer a more innovative and convenient alternative to traditional taxi cabs, and that the city should not regulate them. Others, especially those in the taxi and for-hire industry, say that the new services should be regulated or curtailed, and that they should not get a free pass on regulations simply because they utilize new methods for attracting riders.

We’ll be at City Hall on Thursday to find out how the committee votes. See all of our coverage on this issue here.

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  • StO

    This isn’t “suspicious tweeting” – it’s just the guys clicking a “tweet this” button from Uber’s website that pre-fills the tweet. Geekwire does this too when tweeting an article.

  • Who’s Driving You?

    Uber didn’t pay these guys to tweet? Sureeeee. Just like Uber doesn’t manipulate driver supply to boost surge pricing. Oh, wait…

    • fillyfanatic

      Umm yeah dude, Uber CEO admitted to the driver supply model. And surge pricing has never been a secret.

  • ClaimsAdjuster

    In reality, Macklemore and the football players never use UberX. They use the Uber limousine service. Free limo rides for tweets.

  • Jared

    It’s pretty sad that a website called Geekwire can’t differentiate between a GoPro and Google Glass.

    • Taylor Soper

      Hi Jared, I’m guessing you are referring to the Golden Tate photo. The original photo caption noted the GoPro he was wearing. I just added the fact that he has Google Glass on as well. Thanks.

  • Note a the hint of Sarcasm

    Wow, before these celebrities got involved I really didn’t care about the whole UberX issue. But now that these guys (which probably never used the service) are tweeting about this seriously pubic issue I am thinking of nothing else! We must save UberX!

    • pitbullstew

      oh the humanity!

  • pitbullstew

    either way? the council gets it, and er uh? oh by the way? can we see your (insurance) papers?

    stick to football and rapping, leave transportation to those that do it best, and that aint uber n lyft.

    Its on to organize in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Madison, Houston, Dalls, Atlanta #playbytherules

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