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Seattle Seahawks to conduct 'pregame demonstration' to 'express a desire to bring people together'

Seattle plays Miami Sunday
Posted at 5:04 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 13:33:43-04

In what seems to be related to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin announced via Twitter on Thursday that the Seahawks will conduct a "pregame demonstration" before Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins.

Baldwin didn't provide many details but said the demonstration will "express a desire to bring people together" while also honoring the United States and the American flag on what will be the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll retweeted Baldwin's tweet.

Former NFL player and United States Army Green Beret Nate Boyer, who has expressed support for Kaepernick, tweeted the following: 

Kaepernick began a media firestorm by sitting during the national anthem played before a preseason game two weeks ago and announcing he would continue to sit until race relations in the U.S. improve.

One of Kaepernick's teammates, safety Eric Reid, along with Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, joined Kaepernick by taking a knee during the anthem last week.

Kaepernick's actions have had a ripple effect throughout sports in the United States. Pro soccer player and USWNT member Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem Sunday to show solidarity with Kaepernick, but she was denied that opportunity Wednesday.

On Tuesday, World Cup of Hockey Team USA coach John Tortorella announced any member of his team who decided to sit during the anthem would remain seated the entire game.

Baldwin has used Twitter several times throughout the past week to articulate his thoughts on the controversy.

 

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