Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Plans To Sit During National Anthem Throughout 2017 Season (VIDEO)
During the Seattle Seahawks preseason opener on Sunday, defensive end Michael Bennett was spotted sitting during the playing of the National Anthem.
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) August 14, 2017
Following the game against the Los Angeles Chargers, the outspoken DE made it real clear to reporters that he will continuing this protest for the remainder of the year.
“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.”
Bennett’s protest comes just one day after his former teammate, running back Marshawn Lynch, was also spotted sitting during the National Anthem before the Oakland Raiders’ exhibition opener on the road against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.