Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin posted a video to Facebook in which he said that the Seattle Seahawks football team with stand together and interlock their arms before their very first week one matchup. It has been intimated this will be their way of showing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick who has dominated the media for refusing to stand during the national anthem. However, they are showing solidarity in a vastly different way. Their matchup is on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Baldwin’s statement was as follows,
“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse background. 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.”
Reporters asked Baldwin this last Friday if he was proud of what the Seahawks were planning. He responded with the following,
“I’m extremely proud. I’m excited. Extremely proud. Like I said, it makes me want to cry almost, just how our team has handled this and the discussions we’ve had and how we’ve come together. It’s been absolutely amazing.”
Coach Pete Carroll said,
“These are young men that are trying to figure out the world themselves, too, and they want to try to make sense of how they can have impact and how they can affect others. I just couldn’t be more proud of the way they’ve gone through it and really what has happened through the process. And then we’ll see on the weekend that they’re going to do a very, very good thing.”
Considering the game in which they plan to do this falls on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks their actions will likely be received much better than that of Kaepernick’s. If they sat out during a game on 9/11 most people would likely be upset and find it disrespectful to the 2,800 victims of the terrorist attacks. They wouldn’t be achieving the end game they want. While not participating in the anthem isn’t a good thing the Seahawks appear to at least be attempting to do so in a respectful and productive manner.
Watch a video here about discussion of the Seahawks plans on ESPN,
Look at some of the responses on social media,
You see what we are doing….what are you doing to make a change? Find someone to build a bridge. pic.twitter.com/774LAyWtFF
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 10, 2016
— The Enforcer (@Kam_Chancellor) September 10, 2016
CHANGE can Only happen TOGETHER.
Unity. Love. Forgiveness. Change. 🌎
We are linking arms to… https://t.co/FEyWEztBWC
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) September 10, 2016
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