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Doug Baldwin’s “this is my stage” claim may have come from an Internet hoax

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin recently said on HBO that an unnamed NFL owner has told told players to stand for the national anthem because “this is my stage.” It sparked a question as to which owner said it.

There’s a very good chance that the answer is “none at all.”

The “this is my stage” claim sounds similar to a Facebook post that, according to Snopes.com, had been fabricated: “‘You gentlemen are world class athletes, but you are also actors. You perform on a stage that is 100 yards long. Today, you play the role of a patriotic super hero. You will play this role well because you know that millions of children will be watching and looking at your example.'” Then his inner fire started to shine through as he said quietly ‘but most of all I want you to remember, you are the actors, but this is MY stage and you will play the role I tell you to.'”

Initially, the post blamed the comments on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The description later was changed to attribute the comments to Chiefs owner Clark Hunt.

It’s entirely possible that one or more players saw the Facebook post, believed it to be true, and began relaying the comments to other players without realizing it had been made up. Baldwin at some point may have heard about the contention, also without realizing it was false.

That would explain the reality that no specific report has emerged that any owner has privately made the statement attributed to one owner by Doug Baldwin.

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29 Responses to “Doug Baldwin’s “this is my stage” claim may have come from an Internet hoax”
  1. cobrala2 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    So happy to be off of Facebook for 4 years now.

    HAVE NOT MISSED OUT ON A SINGLE THING.

  2. kickinpuppies says: Oct 7, 2016 11:18 AM

    Snopes lies to promote certain political agendas so if they debunked this it must REALLY not be true

  3. bringmemysoiledfool says: Oct 7, 2016 11:20 AM

    The outrage train is slowing down, let’s create some!

  4. abqhawk says: Oct 7, 2016 11:20 AM

    Nah, hoaxes & falsehoods being posted on the internet and believed? The internet is the pillar of truth (/not)!!

  5. cmoney20 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:22 AM

    Hahaha what a joke

  6. kevpft says: Oct 7, 2016 11:25 AM

    Just shows that athletes are the same kinds of unreliable rubes as everyone else.

  7. jag1959 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:27 AM

    As was said yesterday, no owner would be foolish enough to say that regardless of how many of them may think it.

  8. edenprairieballer says: Oct 7, 2016 11:29 AM

    Just reinforcing my thinking that these activists are misinformed dummies.

  9. hammers01 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:29 AM

    Most people knew this 2 days ago.

  10. thompgk says: Oct 7, 2016 11:30 AM

    Good thing you guys totally didn’t run with it like it was true first.

  11. hawksfansince77 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:34 AM

    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    ~Bill Shakespeare OLB Green Bay Packers 1972

  12. Professor S says: Oct 7, 2016 11:41 AM

    Too bad…My money was on Jerry Jones.

  13. sportoficionado says: Oct 7, 2016 11:43 AM

    if true then what a dunce.

  14. Staticphear says: Oct 7, 2016 11:44 AM

    If Jerry Jones didn’t say it then I take back all the good things I said about him.🙂

  15. saveusterrelldavis says: Oct 7, 2016 11:46 AM

    Doug Baldwin would remove one of his ribs like Marilyn Manson in the name of publicity, still half the league has no idea who he is

  16. nowearman714 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:51 AM

    Welcome to the party, pal.

  17. hockeyflow30 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:51 AM

    Uniformed athletes?

    No way

  18. vinylwindows says: Oct 7, 2016 12:26 PM

    Most these athletes will be out of the league in a few years wondering how they lost all their money.

    They believe anything told to them like most of America. Not the smartest bunch.

  19. The Almighty Cabbage says: Oct 7, 2016 12:39 PM

    kickinpuppies says:
    Oct 7, 2016 11:18 AM

    Snopes lies to promote certain political agendas so if they debunked this it must REALLY not be true
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And the refs are always… and I mean always… sticking it to your team, right?

  20. djvh2 says: Oct 7, 2016 12:40 PM

    “Initially, the post blamed the comments on”

    should say “Initially, the post credited the comments to”

  21. phacepalm says: Oct 7, 2016 12:53 PM

    These are the teams that have Krapernick & members of his Klan.

    I will not be watching

    49ers
    Broncos
    Rams
    Chargers
    Redskins
    Raiders
    Titians
    Dolphins

  22. mmack66 says: Oct 7, 2016 12:57 PM

    I remember another situation where a bunch of dumb dupes fell for a lie that was put forth on social media. Heck, they still believe it to this day, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

  23. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 7, 2016 1:23 PM

    “These are the teams that have Krapernick & members of his Klan. I will not be watching….”.

    Absolute falsehood, just like 99% of the people claiming not to watch. Just like the imagined “anti-Kaepernick boycott “. You’re watching, they’re watching.

  24. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 7, 2016 1:27 PM

    And with the league announcing yesterday that they are loosening limits on social media, things will get even better from this point forward…

  25. GronkLikePizza says: Oct 7, 2016 1:58 PM

    They are just so dumb, it’s sad. They look ridiculous, and they are damaging a great tradition.

  26. healthsportsdatingover60 says: Oct 7, 2016 5:31 PM

    Leave the politics off field. I suppose legally (purely an assumption on my part) the NFL or team coaches cannot pressure players to stand for the national anthem. My point is we watch the game to escape the day to day stresses, it’s an American (pardon me London) past time….your thoughts?

    I appreciate certain players shining the spotlight on unspeakable crimes and applaud their courage in taking a stance yet I’m conflicted when one distrepects our flag.

  27. skawh says: Oct 8, 2016 7:19 AM

    healthsportsdatingover60 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 5:31 PM
    Leave the politics off field. I suppose legally (purely an assumption on my part) the NFL or team coaches cannot pressure players to stand for the national anthem. My point is we watch the game to escape the day to day stresses, it’s an American (pardon me London) past time….your thoughts?

    I appreciate certain players shining the spotlight on unspeakable crimes and applaud their courage in taking a stance yet I’m conflicted when one distrepects our flag.
    ——
    it’s made in China! what’s more “disrespectful” than that!

    The america you dream of died in the early 80’s…get over it!

  28. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 8, 2016 9:48 AM

    This IS their stage.

    Just as my business is my stage.

    If employees don’t like my code of conduct, bye, bye.

    And that certainly includes how they behave in front of customers.

  29. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Oct 10, 2016 12:26 AM

    In his defense, he and his teammates are total idiots. Nanobubbles and 9/11 trutherism? C’mon children, even Alex Jones and Glenn Beck are laughing at you!

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