Michael Bennett Explains Why He'll Sit For National Anthem This Season

Seahawk Michael Bennett sits during anthem

Michael Bennett sits during the National Anthem one day after ex-Seahawks teammate Marshawn Lynch did the same

"I fully support Mike and his message and his thoughts, and definitely the way he went about it".

Bennett said he loves the military, but he sure has a odd way of showing it. Dissing the flag our fearless warriors risk life defending is worthy of more respect than sitting out the Star Spangled Banner.

It is no secret that the Bennett brothers are extremely close while Michael has already stated that he will stay seated for the national anthem all season long. It's a point of pride. "And I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve".

His actions come after former Seahawk team-mate Marshawn Lynch sat during the anthem prior to the Oakland Raiders exhibition clash with the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, though he claims he has been doing so for 11 years.

Pete Carroll has always been known as a players' coach, and he said Tuesday that while he was taken by surprise by Michael Bennett's decision to sit during the national anthem, he supported his defensive end. "Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn continued his approach from last season by raising his right fist during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner".

Bennett has been an ardent supporter of Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during national anthems past year while on the San Francisco 49ers and remains a free agent.

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Kaepernick was joined by Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane before Seattle's preseason finale at Oakland past year, but the team elected to stand arm in arm for the playing of the anthem the remainder of the 2016 season. "And I wish there were more categorical denials from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down and didn't". He has said he won't continue his protest this season, but he remains a free agent anyway while players like Thad Lewis and Jay Cutler have landed with teams.

Kaepernick was accused by some of disrespecting the military when he refused to stand, and Bennett emphasized he respected the armed forces.

Bennett said the goal of his protest is to help fight racial inequality and its consequences in our society.

In a press conference, Baldwin addressed a question about teammate Michael Bennett's protest.

"I support the heck out of him and his concerns and issues and all that", Carroll said. "And keep trying to change society".

"We're going to have a conversation here shortly", Baldwin said about possibly joining Bennett in sitting for the anthem. "I told him I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem". "To me, this is bigger than football". He said he expected to face criticism over his decision, adding: "This is bigger than football". "Just because they're different doesn't mean you shouldn't like them. This is bigger than the sport". And seriously... given how much controversy Kaepernick was generating, if someone of Lynch's status in the game was protesting you'd think it would have made more news.

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