Fans Outraged When They See What Seahawks Player Does On The Field

The well-publicized decision by Collin Kaepernick to take a knee during the National Anthem has inspired other famous football players to follow suit.

Seattle Seahawks defensive player Michael Bennett made a controversial ‘black power’ salute as he celebrated a sack against Kaepernick’s former team, the San Francisco 49ers. Mr. Bennett also chose to stay seated for the American National Anthem, joining the ranks of a dozen other players who have made a similarly controversial stand against racism in America.

Mr. Bennett, along with his brother, Reshaud Bennett, made their stand against racism at the most recent NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. Mr. Bennet, who controversially celebrated a sack against the opposing team with a strong ‘black power’ salute, has followed the lead of other African-America players such as Colin Kaepernick in promoting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement during NFL games. Mr. Bennett’s brother, Reshaud, led a ‘Black Lives Matter’ rally just before the game commenced, accompanied by social justice activist, Nikkita Oliver. Mr. Bennett expressed his gratitude for his brother’s support, stating that “It’s good to always have your family support you and also to have a lot of people in the city support me, it’s just a really good thing.”

It is believed Mr. Bennett’s action was in response to an incident involving Las Vegas police. Mr. Bennett has accused Las Vegas police of racially motivated excessive force after he was allegedly threatened at gunpoint and handcuffed following reports of gunshots at an after-hours nightclub/casino he was at. Contrary to Mr. Bennett’s claim, police state that Mr. Bennett failed to stop for officers searching the crowd at the casino for what they thought was an active shooter at the Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight.

A number of other players have followed Mr. Bennett’s lead, including Mr. Bennett’s other brother, Martelleus Bennett, who raised his fist during the National Anthem before joining the Green Bay Packers in a match against the Atlanta Falcons. Malcolm Jenkins, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive back, also managed to raise a fist before taking to the fields to play the Kansas City Chiefs.

The symbol itself has long been a part of the NFL community, first being used in the 1968 Olympics by American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists during the National Anthem.

Mr. Kaepernick, formerly a member of the San Francisco 49ers, opted out of his contract after he received criticism for remaining seated during the national anthem. Now a free agent, Mr. Kaepernick was not re-signed after he refused to stand for the National Anthem during a pre-season game last year. Despite the continuous criticism, Mr. Kaepernick has expressed his eagerness to get back on the field and hopes he can return to the NFL soon.

“I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he's played,” fellow player, Tom Brady, said of Kaepernick, who guided the 49ers to a road win over Brady's Patriots in 2012. “He was a great young quarterback. He came to our stadium and beat us and took his team to the Super Bowl in 2012. He accomplished a lot in the pros as a player. And he's certainly qualified, and I hope he gets a shot.”

Source: Daily Mail
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