Doug Baldwin Is Considering Joining Michael Bennett In National Anthem Protests
by: Darrelle Lincoln On Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Things just got rather interesting in Seattle.
During the Seattle Seahawks preseason opener over the weekend, defensive end Michael Bennett made his presence known without even playing when he was spotted sitting during the playing of the National Anthem. He had this to say following the game:
“I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message … of how unselfish you can be as a society,” Bennett 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. Because they don’t smell the way you smell and they don’t eat what you eat, because they don’t pray to the same god that you pray to, doesn’t mean that you should hate them. Whether it’s Muslim or Buddhists or Christianity, whatever it is, I just want people to understand that no matter what, we’re in this thing together. It’s more about being a human being at this point.”
Looks like he might not be alone in this protest after Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin told Sheil Kapadia of ESPN that he not only supports his teammate, but he may ultimately join him in the protest as well.
He explained his position further to Yahoo Sports:
I’ve been thinking about sitting during the national anthem for a minute, especially after everything that’s been happening the last couple weeks. It’s just been so crazy right now, and I felt like the conversation wasn’t over. I felt like this needed to be a continuous thing that’s going on. I know it offends a lot of people, that’s why I kept it straightforward. I love America, I love hot dogs, I love everything about it. I thought about it right up to the beginning of the game, and finally decided not to stand because it just felt right.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll offered his support to Bennett, but explained that he hopes everyone stands for the Anthem.
“It’s easy for me to support him in his issues. But I think we should all be standing up when we’re playing the national anthem,” Carroll said, according to the Associated Press.