It’s not good enough for NFL players to leave the protests on the sidelines like those sitting out the national anthem. Now, those protests are coming onto the field.
In Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sacked the quarterback and celebrated with a black power salute:
Bennett has already been protesting the national anthem à la Colin Kaepernick, but bringing this gesture into midfield has brought the protest into new territory for the NFL. Is the league bound and determined to lose even more viewers?
Before the game, Bennett’s younger brother, Reshaud Bennett, led a Black Lives Matter protest organized by the Seattle NAACP and other social justice activists.
“It’s not easy to do what’s right, it’s not easy to stand up for what’s right,” the younger Bennett said. “They are in the light where people judge them every day for what they’re doing as pro athletes, but it’s good because these guys are on the front line, and they have little brothers and family members and everybody out here trying to help everyone fight for our rights and everything.”
Another Bennett brother, Martellus, who is a tight end for the Green Bay Packers, stood on the sidelines during the national anthem and also raised a black power salute.
Last month, Michael Bennett was involved in an altercation with Las Vegas police. Bennett says he was rushing out of a casino after the Connor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather fight when the crowd thought they heard gunshots. Moments later, Bennett was on the ground at gunpoint and being cuffed. LVPD said the football star was running and acting suspicious. Bennett says he was racially profiled. He plans on suing the department.