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.
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 following the protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Kaepernick had caused a firestorm when he 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 treatment of minorities in the U.S. and police brutality 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 Kaepernick’s protest, using a parable to argue that people were more concerned with the quarterback’s method than his message.
“I think that’s what the issue is here,” Baldwin said. “We’re missing the message in terms of what we’re talking about. It’s not necessarily about the messenger or about the protest itself. It’s about what we’re pointing to.”
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