Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett just took the Colin Kaepernick-inspired political protests to the next level, engaging in a black power salute after recording a sack against the San Francisco 49ers.
The NFL’s ratings have been in a spiral since players began kneeling for the national anthem, a form of protest begun by Kaepernick over perceived issues with police officers in America.
The currently unemployed quarterback also donned a shirt supporting Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and socks that depicted police officers as pigs.
It seems safe to assume that the NFL front office would prefer players to quietly continue their protests off the field, and avoid alienating a major portion of their fan base. The opposite, however, appears to be happening.
Bennett just moved the protest on the field, in the middle of a game.
— Beyond The Sea (@BlueSeaSailing) September 18, 2017
Bennett, who recently accused Las Vegas police of using racially motivated excessive force during a response to a shooting incident, celebrated a sack of 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer with a raised fist on the field.
— Omar Moore (@popcornreel) September 17, 2017
Bennett’s claims of police brutality were met with a vociferous response from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, who claimed he hid and then ran as they were investigating a shooting at a nightclub.
“As they moved toward the nightclub, an individual later identified as Bennett was seen crouched down behind a gaming machine as the officers approached,” the Undersheriff reported. “Once Bennett was in the officer’s view, he quickly ran out the south doors, jumped over a wall onto Flamingo Road East of Las Vegas Boulevard into traffic.”
Video released by TMZ seemed to corroborate the police version of the story that Bennett was fleeing the scene.
He wasn’t complying. He ran from the scene and was apprehended outside the venue while running away. https://t.co/GxhATYB173
— Roger Ramjet (@RogerRamJet1776) September 9, 2017
Bennett, much like the other millionaires protesting police officers in the NFL, have little to no interest in facts. They simply want to play the victim card.
Oh, that and the opportunity to make a little more money. Bennett’s attorney said his client is likely to file a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
His brother, Martellus Bennett of the Green Bay Packers, gave the black power salute before his game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, while the national anthem was being played.
The symbol was most famously used during the 1968 Olympics by African-American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos as the National Anthem was being played during the medals ceremony.
Football fans have made it clear they have no interest in watching anti-American political protests before the games. They certainly won’t have any tolerance for it during the games.
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