Seahawks' Michael Bennett Sits For National Anthem, Will Protest All Season

Seahawk Michael Bennett sits during anthem

Bennett explained after Seattle's 48-17 win that his actions were meant to promote equality, not divisiveness.

"First of all, I want people to understand that I love the military". "My father's in the military".

"Seeing everything in Virginia.I just wanted to be able to use my platform to continuously speak out on injustice", Bennett said. I love football like any other American.

"But I don't love segregation, I don't love riots, I don't love oppression, I don't love gender-slandering". That's a big challenge for me and our coaches and our administration: to work to understand our guys and to see what they can do. "You guys know what we were trying to get accomplished with that, but I think for me personally, (I'll) just keep talking about it, whether that's social media or you guys talking to me or whatever events I can make it out to during the season just to keep raising awareness on different topics to hopefully make that change that we're talking about".

One member of the Seahawks' front office told ESPN's Jim Trotter that he is OK with it, "as long as Michael is preaching love and not hate".

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

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Bennett discussed his decision to do so following the game, acknowledging he plans to continue doing so all season. He decided to make a statement on his own because he didn't want to be a distraction to other players or his teammates.?

He also added that the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where fascist and the alt-right clashed with anti-fascist, served as a catalyst for his decision.

"It's just been so insane right now, and I felt like the conversation wasn't over", Michael Bennett said of his decision. "There's a whole bunch of people sitting at home judging me, but they will never get to this point where they can be vulnerable". Just because they don't smell the way you smell. Keep fighting for oppressed people. This is about people, this is about bringing opportunities to people, giving people equality. We all have to recognize that people want to see change. After seeing how the public has responded to Kaepernick's protest, however, Bennett knows he will likely face similar criticism this season.

On the other hand, Colin Kaepernick, Marshawn Lynch, and Michael Bennett, didn't start misbehaving until the anthem began playing. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. "I think it's more apparent now after this past weekend". Remember what Earl Thomas said after last year's demonstration of unity?

"Michael has really dedicated the last few years of his life to try to understand what's going on around the world", Carroll said Tuesday, via Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR.

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