Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Sat On The Bench During National Anthem: “I Don’t Love Oppression”

Michael Bennett echoed the actions of former teammate Marshawn Lynch on Sunday, as he sat on the bench during the national anthem before the Seattle Seahawks faced the San Diego Chargers. As the anthem blared at the StubHub Center before the preseason opener for both teams, Bennett remained seated.

Bennett said he decided to do it spurred in part by what has happened in the last few days in Charlottesville.

“First of all I want to make sure people understand I love the military — my father was in the military,” Bennett said. “I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American. But I don’t love segregation, I don’t love riots, I don’t love oppression. I don’t love gender slander. I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve and I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message and keep finding out how unselfish we can be in society, how we can continuously love one another and understand that people are different.”

Regardless of what you think of these protests, it looks like we’re in store for more of them this year.

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