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Fil-Am NFL star apologizes for carrying Phl flag upside down

Alder Almo (The Philippine Star) - November 19, 2013 - 3:47pm

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American wide receiver Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks got the world’s attention when he carried the Philippine flag upside down before their National Football League (NFL) match against the Minnesota Vikings Monday.

Baldwin made the gesture in his effort to raise funds for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on Monday which included a large part of his family.

(Below is the video of Baldwin carrying the Philippine flag during his entrance courtesy of youtube user bslatercwu) 

Baldwin, whose grandmother hails from Tacloban, Leyte, went to Twitter Monday night to apologize and explain his side why the flag was upside down (with the red portion on top) which usually signifies war.

His pre-game gesture though helped the team earn $12,070 for their relief funds which has now collected over $24,000.  The Seahawks will course through their donation to Red Cross in Washington, which in turn will channel it to their affiliates in the Philippines.

Douglas helped the Seahawks score a 41-20 victory over the Vikings as the team improved to a league-best 10-1 win-loss record.

He completed a touchdown off a 19-yard pass from their sophomore quarterback Russel Wilson with 10 seconds left in the second quarter that easily was the biggest play of the game. 

Douglas, who has never been to the Philippines, told Seattle Times that he is seriously considering to take a time out during the off-season to visit his relatives in the country. 

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