The National Football League continues to face the ongoing problem of the national anthem protests. A much-heated controversy that started in 2016 with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not dwindled down over the past few seasons.
Although minor attempts have been made to decrease the hype of the NFL protests, certain players are still refusing to stand for the national anthem ahead of games. One of the most outspoken players in support of the protesting is defensive end Michael Bennett.
Bennett is new to the New England Patriots, who just won this year’s Super Bowl game. Previously, Bennett played for the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He took home a Super Bowl Championship title in 2013 with the Seahawks and is also a 3-time Pro Bowler.
According to ESPN, Bennett still plans to participate in the protests while playing for the Patriots. This is unusual since several Patriots moguls are well-known Trump supporters/friends such as star quarterback Tom Brady and GM Bill Belichick.
The defensive player will reportedly remain in locker rooms during the time of the national anthem. The majority of his team will stay proudly standing for our country’s famous theme song.
"I explained to them that my integrity means everything," Bennett stated in reference to the protesting. "I think they respect that about me, they respect who I am as an individual."
This is not the first time Bennett made headlines for his political conversations. In October of 2017, he compared the treatment of NFL players to slavery amidst the rising tension of the national anthem protest controversy.
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