The Seattle Seahawks plan to make a pregame demonstration of unity before their season kicks off against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, according to wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
To express a desire to bring people together, our squad will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity.
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@ DougBaldwinJr) September 8, 2016
Baldwin said in a tweet Thursday that the team plans to bring people together and honor the country and flag. The Seattle PI reported that Baldwin and his teammates had discussed making a statement in accordance with the protests by San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Kaepernick had caused a firestorm where reference is decided to sit for the National Anthem before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick said he was protesting what he believes is the unjust therapy of minorities in the U.S. and police barbarism against African Americans.
On Sept. 1, Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid kneeled during pregame ceremonies in San Diego while Lane sat the bench during the National Anthem in Oakland.
Baldwin had been outspoken about Kaepernicks protest, utilizing a parable to argue that people were more concerned with the quarterbacks technique than his message.
“I think that’s what the questions is here, ” Baldwin said. “We’re missing the message to its implementation of what we’re talking about. It’s not inevitably about the messenger or about the protest itself. It’s about what we’re pointing to.”
Former Seattle Seahawks long snapper Nate Boyer, who is also a former Army Green Beret, used to say the Seahawks seemed to have found a route to get their message across while also showing respect for the National Anthem and the flag.
Talked to the @Seahawks What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification+ respect for the Anthem+ those that fight for our Liberty!
— Nate Boyer (@ NateBoyer3 7) September 8, 2016
Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner had also signaled that if a demonstration is what happens, the entire squad would take part.
“Anything that we want to do, it’s not going to be individual, ” Wagner said. “It’s going to be a squad thing because that’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”
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