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After reports that the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks were going to protest the national anthem as a team during Sunday’s opening game, one of their players tweeted that the roster would instead engage in a “demonstration of unity”.

Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin tweeted a video showing all of the Seahawks players locking arms, captioned with a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

In the video, Baldwin said the team will lock arms in a similar way on the field before facing the Miami Dolphins.

“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds. As a team, we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity. We honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish.”

The move comes as Seahawks’ cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the anthem last week, in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been protesting perceived police brutality and other race-related issues.

“Progress can and will be made only if we stand together,” Baldwin said.

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