SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks went through with their planned “demonstration of unity” on Sunday, linking arms during the national anthem before the team’s season opener at CenturyLink Field.
Reaction from the crowd was largely positive, with
The display was linked to Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the anthem in protest of racial inequality in the U.S.
Notably, cornerback Jeremy Lane remained standing while linking arms with his teammates near coach Pete Carroll. Lane sat during the anthem before Seattle’s final preseason game.
Several members of the Miami Dolphins knelt on the sideline with a hand over their hearts while the anthem played.
Receiver Doug Baldwin was among the organizers of the display. He tweeted Saturday that “We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds. And as a team, we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity.”