Bobby Wagner, Doug Baldwin Discuss Teamwide National Anthem Protest

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2016

Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner stretches  during warmups before a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem before games has expanded to include athletes across multiple sports, including fellow NFL players Eric Reid, Jeremy Lane and soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin announced Thursday on Twitter the team plans to add to that demonstration:

Per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Baldwin said prior to the team's practice Wednesday he has "considered" sitting or taking a knee when the national anthem plays prior to Seattle's game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, adding he wants to "get all of my ducks in a row before I do so."

Linebacker Bobby Wagner noted that if any protest occurs, the entire Seahawks team would be taking part in it.

"It's going to be a team thing," Wagner said. "That's what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals."

Wagner did not provide specifics about the Seahawks' potential plan, only saying that "whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise."

Baldwin backed up Wagner's claim, noting the locker room has talked about it.

Kaepernick told Sam Wyche of NFL.com in August he began his protest because he would not "stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

After meeting with former Green Beret Nate Boyer, Kaepernick did slightly change his protest from sitting during the anthem to taking a knee as it was playing prior to the San Francisco 49ers' final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.

Kaepernick's goal throughout this protest was to start a discussion and help bring about change to a system he believes to be broken. The increased support from around the NFL is going to help his cause to champion change in the United States.

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