Since the preseason game when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to not stand during the national anthem due to racial and social injustices in the United States, many players across the NFL have also followed the same path because they believe the same.
One of those players has been Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, but instead of kneeling or sitting down during the anthem, he has gone a different way of protesting for changes to the way minorities are treated, such as linking arms with his teammates to show unity.
Yet this hasn't exempt him from the hate, as the 28-year-old has stated during an interview with 60 Minutes Sports, according to Pro Football Talk, that he has received “a few” death threats based on his involvement in the highly reported topic.
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Baldwin said according to PFT's report: “A couple of people told me to watch my back." Interviewer Jon Wertheim asked him: “How do you respond to that?”
He replied: “The same way Colin [Kaepernick] did. You know, there’s issues going on in our society that people feel compelled to talk about and I’m not going to be quiet about. And if something was to happen to me, I think that would just further prove my point that there are issues in our culture, in our society that need to be changed.”
Death threats should always be taken seriously no matter how they are made or whether or not you think they are real. If the Seahawks star feels threatened he should report it to the police.
Whether or not the threat is real, it only exemplifies the racial and social injustice problems currently in the USA today that need to be resolved.