Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Wants White Players To Join Protest During Anthem
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has already gone on record stating he’s willing to continue to protest during the National Anthem for the remainder of the season.
The outspoken DE began his protest during the team’s first preseason game last season, joining a select group of other players who protested, including Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, and Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn.
Despite the number of players protesting, Bennett feels nothing of substance will ever get done unless white players around the league join in as well.
“It would take a white player to really get things changed, because when somebody from the other side understands and they step up and they speak up about it … it would change the whole conversation,” Bennett said via ESPN. “Because when you bring somebody who doesn’t have to be a part of (the) conversation making himself vulnerable in front of it, I think when that happens, things will really take a jump.”
The decision to protest came easy for Bennett after watching the horror that played out in Charlottesville last week. He also isn’t happy about former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick basically getting blackballed out of the league, as more and more terrible back-up QB’s continue to get signed.
“He had to sacrifice. He spoke up and dealt with a lot of things that were going on – from death threats, people not wanting him in the stadium, people hating him,” Bennett said of Kaepernick. “I think a lot of players were scared of that. Then on top of that, players feeling like he was being blackballed, people were eventually scared.
“But now, just because he’s out of the league, we didn’t want to lose that message, pushing for liberty and equality for everybody, we just wanted to keep that message alive.”