Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett made his reasons to protest the national anthem pretty clear, but on Wednesday morning he made those reasons even more clear, taking to Twitter to tell the story of his encounter with the Las Vegas Police department after the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight.
Colin Kaepernick, who began his protest with the national anthem one year ago, tweeted in support of Bennett after reading his story:
This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust. I stand with Michael and I stand with the people. pic.twitter.com/TqXFiso6lk
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 6, 2017
Bennett’s coach Pete Carroll, who has previously said he supports Bennett’s protest, and many other athletes responded to Bennett’s message:
May this incident inspire all of us to respond with compassion and courage pic.twitter.com/vtsaB8BWi5
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) September 6, 2017
Via @mosesbread72 the call that night was a scary one. The emotion and the thought of almost losing you because of the way you look left me in one of the saddest places ever. I could hear the fear in your voice, the tears in your eyes as well your sprinting heart beat. I can't imagine how the people who lost their loved ones felt when they got the call. A lot of people feel like it couldn't happen to them because of status, neighborhood ("tghat only happens in the hood") or whatever, but it all honesty YOU could be next. I COULD BE NEXT. YOUR SON, DAUGHTER, BROTHER, FATHER, GRANDPA, SISTER, COUSIN could be next. I'm sad that you have to share this type of experience with the world but at the same time I'm happy that it happened to you and you lived to talk about it because we all know you're going to talk about it. Lol. The conversation is growing and I'm glad your voice is one of the ones being heard. You are as real as they come, well at least how they used to come. I encourage you to Continue telling your story and the stories of those that came before. I love you very much @mosesbread72 to me you're much more than a nigger.
A post shared by Martellus Bennett (@martellusb) on Sep 6, 2017 at 8:37am PDT
A post shared by LeGarrette Blount (@l_blount29) on Sep 6, 2017 at 12:18pm PDT
Blount’s teammate, Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins, is also with Bennett.
Michael Bennett’s teammate Justin Britt also hared his thoughts.
— Justin Britt (@JustinBritt68) September 6, 2017
The executive director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith wanted to share his feelings on social injustice.
— DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) September 6, 2017
Even musician and actor Common responded to Bennett’s letter.
— COMMON (@common) September 6, 2017
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