Protests over the National Anthem has created a firestorm leading into the start of the NFL season. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked it off when he sat for the Anthem during a preseason game and continued his protest through the rest of the meaningless games.
Since then, players from across the sports spectrum have either spoken out about Kaepernick or protested themselves during their own games. Saturday, an Indiana State player even knelt during the National Anthem.
The Seattle Seahawks hope to send a different message Sunday. The Seahawks plan to interlock arms and stand by each other’s side during the National Anthem, wide receiver Doug Baldwin announced Saturday.
“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, and as a team we have decided to stand and interlock arms in unity,” Baldwin said in a video posted on his social media accounts. “We honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish. And we stand to ensure the riches of freedom and the security of justice for all people. Progress can and will be made only if we stand together.”
Linebacker Bobby Wagner told the Seattle Times earlier this week that the team was going to make some sort of statement, but many feared that they would all sit in unison instead of stand.
As a team, they will send a message to the rest of the NFL and maybe it would change the way some people view the protests and the way they demonstrate their actions.
Seattle takes on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.