Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem caused a domino effect in the NFL. Since Kaepernick initials kneel, several of players across the league have followed suit. One of the main criticisms of the peaceful protest was that it looked bad and separate from the team, further dividing the team as a whole.
Recently, a report surfaced that entire Seattle Seahawks team was set to kneel together with their hands over their hearts during the national anthem. But, that rumor was quickly shut down after Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, posted a video stating that they planned to stand during the national anthem while locking arms.
“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 assure the riches of freedom and the security of justice for all people. Progress can and will be made only if we stand together.”
Quarterback Russell Wilson posted the same video to his Instagram stating, “CHANGE can Only happen TOGETHER. Unity. Love. Forgiveness. Change. We are linking arms and standing to Stand Up for Social Injustice, Love, and Peace for All.”
This team unity came on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
head coach, Pete Carroll released a statement about his team’s decision:
“They’re going to be very thoughtful, very respectful, honoring that which should be recognized. I’m just really proud of how they’ve gone through it. They have a conscience about what they’re doing, and they really want to do the right thing and be right. I’m just proud of the way they’ve gone through it. These are young men that are growing and they’re trying to figure out the world themselves. 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. We’ll see on the weekend that I think they’re going to do a very, very good thing.”
Watch it below.
The Seahawks' locking arms anthem gesture pic.twitter.com/ooOHsSD6gy
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) September 11, 2016
— Joshua Decker (@jdbt) September 11, 2016
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) September 10, 2016