Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin announced earlier this week that the Seattle Seahawks were planning a “demonstration of unity” prior to their season opener against the Miami Dolphins. On Saturday, Baldwin explained the team’s plan on Twitter. I’ve embedded the tweet video below, but here is a transcription:
“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, and as a team we have decided 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.”
Cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the Seahawks preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders, in support of Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest. He said he would continue protesting. Multiple Seahawks players said there had been extensive discussion about the subject, and it would appear they came to some kind of compromise on how to handle this.
The discussion about the Seahawks revealed plans is interesting, to say the least. Some view it as a strong compromise, others view it as stifling more significant protest from some players. It remains an extremely complicated subject, and it is not going away anytime soon. There is no word on any other plans of protest or “demonstrations of unity.”