Michael Bennett: Colin Kaepernick Not Being Signed Reflects NFL Racial Divide
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says Colin Kaepernick remaining unsigned while other less talented QB’s continue to get picked up directly reflects the state of the NFL.
“I think the league is built on middle America, and most of the middle of America is predominantly a white crowd,” Bennett said Wednesday. “That’s just the truth of it. I think race is not something that the NFL wants to be a part of or get behind. But the league is predominantly African-American.
“So the issue that he’s dealing with is what we’re all dealing with. We all come from the inner city or we’ve been a part of communities where we felt like we’ve been judged because of the color of our skin or who we like or if a woman — any issue to deal with. We’ve all been dealing with it with someone in our family.”
Bennett was reportedly wearing a “I know my rights” T-shirt and hat, boldly expressing his support for a campaign started by Kaepernick while speaking with ESPN.
“Obviously, there’s the elephant in the room why Kaepernick isn’t signed, and most people know why,” Bennett said. “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.”
The Seahawks were the only team in the league to show any type of interest in Colin Kaepernick, but head coach Pete Carroll passed on signing him, stating Kaepernick had starter’s talent and was not a back-up.
“I don’t know what factors into the Seahawks’ not signing him,” Bennett said. “I know the Seahawks were the only team that stepped up and gave him the opportunity to [visit]. So that says a lot about the organization.”
“If he feels that this is not the right situation because we have a starting quarterback, then that’s his choice,” Bennett said. “I think he’s able to have that choice because he’s shown that he’s of a winning pedigree. He wants to make sure he doesn’t have that competition behind his quarterback. I think it’s justifiable.”