Members of the Seattle Seahawks, including defensive end Michael Bennett, No. 72, link arms during the national anthem for the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Nov. 9, 2017. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Michael Bennett is proving, once and for all, that the NFL protests during the national anthem have nothing to do with veterans.

The Seattle Seahawks defensive end stood for the national anthem Thursday for the first time this season, Bleacher Report notes. According to the sports site, Bennett told NBC that he stood to show support for the military prior to Veterans Day.


Bennett had been sitting during the anthem in protest of police brutality and black oppression since the preseason and chose to remain seated until Thursday.

The NFL star is sadly familiar with the bitter taste of police brutality. He has accused Las Vegas police officers of using excessive force and racially profiling him in August. Bennett claimed that officers held a gun to his head and threatened to “blow [his] fucking head off.” Las Vegas police have routinely denied those allegations, and the officers did not face any disciplinary actions.

Given these claims, it is actually quite clear why Bennett sits during the anthem, but you know, people continue to be obtuse. But now that Bennett his made his stand (literally) for the military, what are the haters gonna say now?

Read more at Bleacher Report.

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