Michael Bennett Sits On The Bench During National Anthem

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 16, 2017

Seahawk defensive lineman Michael Bennett sat during the national anthem prior to the team's preseason opener against the Chargers in Carson, Calif., Sunday night.

While Lynch did not reveal his reason to sit during the anthem, Bennett disclosed that he was protesting racial inequality.

While Lynch didn't make his exact reason for sitting during the national anthem known, he has sat during the anthem for years, as Del Rio alluded to. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true. "I've said this several times, and I'm not afraid to say it: I think race and politics in sports is something people don't want to hear about, nor do people want to be a part of". I worry about the country and the world and the safety that we're in - not so much for myself, because I feel like I'm already f--ed - but more for my daughter and my kids. Eric Reid, who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers, also refused to stand during the national anthem in 2016.

"There's things going on in our communities that people don't agree with", Baldwin said.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said following Saturday's game that he had discussed Lynch's decision to sit with him, although it was not clear if the conversation occurred before or after the game. Lynch returned from retirement to join his hometown Raiders.

"With everything that's been going on the last couple of months and especially after the last couple of days, seeing everything in Virginia, seeing what's going on out there earlier today in Seattle, I just wanted to be able to use my platform to be able to continue to speak over injustice", Bennett said.

"It's one of those things where I think we have to understand that there are people that have different viewpoints", Goodell said. The NFL is 70-percent Black, but he's stressing about segregation and oppression. "I love football like any other American", he said. "How we can continuously love one another and understand that people are different, and just because they're different, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't like them".

On Sunday, another protest and counter-protest also turned into a street brawl in Seattle. In Seattle on August 13, opposing groups of protesters clashed at rallies in response to events in Virginia the day before.

He spent time with Colin Kaepernick during the offseason and wore a T-shirt supporting Kaepernick's "Know Your Rights" campaign during a spring news conference. "This is bigger than me. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder". One particularly disingenuous connection-that the anthem before National Football League games somehow has anything to do with the military-is often made to criticize protestors, but Bennett knocked that idea down.

'It's insane to see this guy not have an opportunity in the NFL. "It's something that I think everybody wants".

But yet again, it's not clear to me that we're looking at another protest.

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