Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Seahawks are expected to “stand and interlock arms in unity” during the national anthem before their season opener Sunday.
This according to Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin in a video posted to Facebook.
“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds,” he said in the video. “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.”
The move comes after some athletes’ recent protests of race relations in the U.S. before games. San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick first made headlines when he sat on the sidelines during the “Star Spangled Banner” before a pre-season game and has since chosen to take a knee. The Denver Broncos’ Brandon Marshall has also taken a knee and U.S. soccer star Megan Rapino recently kneeled during the national anthem before a match.
The Seahawks will play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11.
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