NFL News : Star DE confirms he'll sit for anthem through 2017 season

Star DE confirms he'll sit for anthem through 2017 season

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Seattle Seahawks edge rusher Michael Bennett has confirmed that he'll continue to sit for the national anthem throughout the 2017 NFL season.

Per ESPNBennett sat with a towel over his head during the national anthem on Sunday before his team took on the Los Angeles Chargers in the preseason opener for both teams at the StubHub Center.

Bennett's action came a day after his former teammate, running back Marshawn Lynch, did something similar before the Oakland Raiders' exhibition opener on the road against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.

"First of all, I want people to understand that I love the military," Bennett said. "My father's in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American. But I don't love segregation. I don't love riots or oppression.

"I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve. And I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message of that."

One member of the Seahawks' front office told ESPN's Jim Trotter that he is OK with it, "as long as Michael is preaching love and not hate."

Bennett said he spoke to other players around the league about his stance but did not talk to Lynch.

ESPN wrote that "Bennett's Seahawks teammates and coaches were not aware of his plans. He decided to make a statement on his own because he didn't want to be a distraction to other players or his teammates. Bennett also said the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, served as a catalyst for his actions on Sunday."

"I'm being vulnerable right now," Bennett said. "There's a whole bunch of people sitting at home judging me, but they will never get to this point where they can be vulnerable. Let people attack me because they don't believe what I believe in, but at the end of the day, I'm being vulnerable to show every person that no matter [what] you believe in, keep fighting for it. Keep fighting for equality. Keep fighting for oppressed people. And keep trying to change society."

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Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency