Members of the Seahawks intimated the team might join in with the protest being held by Colin Kaepernick prior to NFL games with the team’s opener this Sunday.
Kaepernick’s been sitting or kneeling for the national anthem prior to the 49ers playing thus far in the preseason. He was joined during preseason games by Seattle corner Jeremy Lane, and Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee during the first game of the season on Thursday.
Baldwin essentially confirmed reports from Friday that Seattle would be linking arms before the game.
Here’s what he said in the video:
We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds. And as a team, we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity. We honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish. And we stand to ensure the riches and freedom and the security of justice for all people.
Progress can and will be made only if we stand together.
Baldwin also added a quote from Martin Luther King on his tweet.
Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”#BuildABridge
Given the basic historical timing of Sunday’s games — they fall on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 — the Seahawks protest is not just a positive one in terms of the message it sends, but also wise.
Taking a stand against the anthem by kneeling as a team or sitting as a team would more likely create negative feelings from a large subset of people.
Anyone complaining about a unified and diverse group of men locking arms on the field during the anthem is just looking for a reason to get mad.
Source: CBS Sports / Doug Baldwin reveals Seahawks’ plan for protesting during national anthem Sunday