Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin revealed what his team’s “demonstration of unity” will be during the national anthem before Sunday’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Baldwin announced the team will lock arms in unity on the sideline during the playing of the anthem as a symbol of unity not just for his team, but for the entire country.
“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, and as a team we have decided to stand and interlock arms in unity,” Baldwin said in a video on Twitter. “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.”
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) September 10, 2016
The demonstration will occur on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The NFL will honor victims and first responders throughout the day. Messages from President Obama and former President George W. Bush will be played at all stadiums before kickoff and special guests will make appearances around the league.
This comes after Baldwin admitted he was considering not standing during the national anthem, following the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane protested during the playing of the anthem during the preseason.