Seahawks Planning 'Demonstration of Unity' During Sunday's Season Opener

Critics have slammed such protests, saying they are disrespectful.

Opponents have slammed such protests as disrespectful towards veterans, the U.S. flag, and the country, in general. And given it's the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, today's "demonstration of unity" has definitely struck a chord with critics.

Case in point: On Friday morning, #boycottNFL began trending on Twitter in response to the growing number of critics.

"To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity," explained Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin last Thursday on his Twitter account.

"We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds," Baldwin said. "And as a team, we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity. We honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish. And we stand to ensure the riches of freedom and the security of justice for all people. Progress can and will be made only if we stand together."

Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”#BuildABridge pic.twitter.com/n1qP5c2RGM

And the players' demonstration has the blessing of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who tweeted last week, "It's about joining hands and coming together...It's all about #love..." And on Saturday, Carroll tweeted, "So proud of our guys."

But Baldwin's teammates have expressed their support and are eager to express themselves on the field.

Kam Chancellor, strong safety for the Seahawks, tweeted, "Be the example you want to see in others" #Unity #Seahawks #Brotherhood."