Doug Baldwin reveals Seahawks’ plan to stand, interlock arms during national anthem
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin tweeted a video on Saturday revealing the plan for the team’s pregame display of unity for Sunday’s season opener against Miami, which he first announced Thursday.
In the video, Baldwin’s voice narrates over a video of headshots of each Seattle player, stating the following:
“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 of freedom and the security of justice for all people. Progress can and will be made only if we stand together.”
Baldwin’s video was accompanied by this message in text: “Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said ‘Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ #BuildABridge”
Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, but it also will occur during a time when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane have stopped standing during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans. Lane said earlier this week will continue his silent protest during the anthem, but his picture is included during the video released by Baldwin.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Friday that he supports the Seahawks’ planned demonstration before it was announced publicly by Baldwin.