The Seahawks stood and linked arms during the 9/11 acknowledgement and National Anthem before their season opener against the Dolphins Sunday.
The entire team took part in the demonstration, including Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, who sat during the anthem last week.
Four Dolphins took a knee during the anthem. wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas, running back Arian Foster, and linebacker Jelani Jenkins all kneeled in protest.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin announced on Twitter Saturday that the team would “#BuildABridge” by standing and interlocking arms during the anthem.
“As a team, we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity,” Baldwin said in a Twitter video. “We honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish.”
After the game, quarterback Russell Wilson said he was grateful that his teammates were able to show love with the National Anthem demonstration.
"We wanted to show unity," Wilson said in a press conference. "We wanted to show togetherness in the chaos."
Before the game, fans had expressed outrage on social media of any kind of demonstration during the national anthem, especially on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The Mayor of DuPont postponed a Seahawks rally prior to a possible protest.
Several Seattle athletes followed the lead of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and didn’t stand for the national anthem in the last week, including Lane and Seattle Reign’s Megan Rapinoe.
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