Controversy continues to swirl over the national anthem protests, which continue to anger conservative viewers of football games. But despite the ongoing protests, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett decided on Thursday that he would stand during the game.
Bennett, until last night, has been one of the primary faces of social justice advocacy in the NFL. As a result, he has been one of the more prominent kneelers during games.
Fans were shocked last night when they saw Bennett stand as his team was getting ready to play the Arizona Cardinals. The Daily Caller notes that viewers certainly noticed that the longtime protester actually linked arms with his teammates rather than kneeling during the national anthem. It was probably the case that many of them, particularly the ones who have always preferred standing, were very pleased with Bennett's actions.
News that Bennett might stand during the anthem came on Wednesday after hinting that he might stand with Veterans Day coming up this weekend. His father, Bennett Sr, is a Navy veteran and has expressed support for his son's protests, which both father and son claim are about criminal justice reform.
The Daily Caller reports that Bennett won't be a changed man forever. Rather, after Veterans Day is passed, it is expected that the player will once again begin kneeling during the national anthem.
The Washington Post reports that this is the second time this season that Michael Bennett has stood during the national anthem. And it is part of an effort, they write, to demonstrate that the protests are not aimed at the military, and are in no way intended to be disrespectful to the troops or to the country.
The NFL has been criticized for national anthem protests since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during a 2016 preseason game. Kaepernick claimed he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality. Trump has long been upset about the NFL protests, believing that they are disrespectful to both the flag and the troops.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodwell sent a letter to NFL owners on October 10 in which he pointed out the divisive effect of the protests. He then encouraged players to stand, rather than "take a knee," during the national anthem them before games.
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