Colin Kaepernick may not have a job in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean the league-wide protest he began a season ago is going to end. Just ask Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.
On Sunday night, the outspoken defender decided to continue Kaepernick’s protest on the field by remaining seated during the national anthem.
Bennett discussed his decision to do so following the game, acknowledging he plans to continue doing so all season.
The Nazi, KKK and White Supremacist presence in Charlottesville over the past few days appeared to be a tipping point for Bennett.
“The last week, with everything that’s been going on in the last couple months—especially after the last couple days seeing everything in [Charlottesville]. [I] just wanted to be able to continue to use my platform to be able to speak on injustice,” Bennett said following the game, as transcribed by ESPN.com.
“First of all, I want to make sure that people understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs, like any other American. I love football like any other American,” he said. “But I don’t love segregation. I don’t love riots. I don’t love oppression. I don’t love gender slander. And I just want to see people have equality that they deserve.”
Bennett’s decision to protest comes after Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch also decided to remain seated earlier in the weekend.
And if reports are to be believed, the way things are trending in the country under the Trump administration are going to lead to more and more players joining the protest to let their voices be heard.
Texted with 5 players today who believe more will protest this season. Says league-wide outrage over Charlottesville, reaction from Trump.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 14, 2017