Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Michael Bennett Explains Why He'll Sit For National Anthem This Season

Michael Bennett Explains Why He'll Sit For National Anthem This Season

Bennett sat on the bench with a towel around his shoulders Sunday while the rest of the Seahawks locked arms during the anthem - as they did all of last season - according to The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. Bennett expects negative comments from others but that he feels he must stand up for his beliefs by not standing for the anthem.

Like Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch on Saturday, Bennett sat down during the anthem on Sunday ahead of the Seahawks game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

But whether the running back's silent protest was a direct response to the disturbing White supremacists' terror in Charlottesville or him showing support for Colin Kaepernick's stance now remains unknown. Bennett also recently appeared at a fundraiser for Seattle woman Charleena Lyles, who was killed in a police shooting in June.

"There's been guys who have criminal records, guys who have been accused of murder, guys who have been accused of rape and domestic violence who are still in the NFL", Bennett said. But what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, including the death of a young woman when she was struck by a vehicle deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters on Saturday, solidified Bennett's decision. "I mean, some quarterbacks, as we all know, shouldn't be playing, but they are, and this guy is sitting on the side. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said.

Michael Bennett has also supported Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season. I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve. "This is my objective, this is what I believe in, changing society, going into communities, doing organic work and continue to push the message that things aren't fair".

"Charlottesville had a lot to do with it, but I think it's just the journey of who I am as a person", Bennett said. "I always will be very pro black, I guess would be the term to say". But unlike Lynch, Bennett was forthcoming with his reasons, saying he felt the need to use his platform to "speak out on injustice" following what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. "My father's in the military".

Bennett told reporters that he hopes his stance will cause others to go out and get involved in changing their community. LGBT rights are trampling on the First Amendment, but he's anxious about "gender slander" and "equality".

"I support Michael in everything he does", Martellus Bennett said.

Bennett said the objective of his protest is to help fight racial inequality and its consequences in our society. And to the extent that people pay attention to that, even if they can not be bothered to see Charlottesville, VA, as the national horror it is, the message may resonate.

From a personal standpoint, the protests, kicked off by Kaepernick a year ago, have been useful in helping me question my own assumptions about the anthem's place, and making me kick myself for not questioning them sooner.

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