NFL Player Compares Treatment of Slaves to that of Today’s Football Players

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October 19, 2017Oct 19, 2017

Football fans are still upset regarding the major controversy of players choosing to kneel during the national anthem before games. Majority of America considers their form of protesting as a disrespectful gesture towards our flag and country, including President Donald Trump.

After former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the “Take a Knee” movement last season to voice his opinion on police brutality and racial injustice, many players have followed in his footsteps. Since then, the NFL’s ratings have drastically decreased and fans continue to be outraged, especially after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell refuses to take action.

In relation to the controversy, football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, Michael Bennett made a very “vicious” comparison regarding the treatment of today’s football players, reported Hannity. Bennett insinuated that players are treated like “property,” referencing the 1857 Dred Scott decision, which ruled in favor of African-American slaves being labeled as property.

He said, “It reminded me of the 'Dred Scott' case: You’re property, so you don’t have the ability to be a person first. I think that in this generation, I think that sends the wrong message to young kids and young people all across the world that your employer doesn’t see you as a human being, they see you as a piece of property, and if that’s the case, then I don’t get it. I just don’t get why you don’t see us as human beings first.”

According to Hannity, Bennett’s statement was referring to NFL owners who require players to stand during the national anthem.

Bennett also came to Kaepernick’s defense with another recent statement, reported ESPN. The Seattle Seahawks player believes Kaepernick, the man who started this controversial movement, should be able to come back to the NFL—in his opinion, it’s a problem that cannot be ignored any longer.

Bennett stated, "I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation is making sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think before we even negotiate anything about whether we sit, whether we stand [during the national anthem], it should be a negotiation about opening up the doors for Colin Kaepernick and giving him an opportunity again, because I feel like through everything, that's been lost.”

He continued, "All of us are having an opportunity to be able to speak to our employers, but to think about the guy who started everything not to be able to have a voice at this moment, it just doesn't seem very right to me."

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