Michael Bennett touched by gift from Vietnam veteran

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat during the national anthem Sunday, as he has done previously.

But instead of inflaming or disrespecting veterans, he moved one service member to share his story and a memento from his time in combat.

Via Brady Henderson of ESPN.com, Bennett said he was touched by the support he received from a Vietnam veteran after yesterday’s win over the 49ers. He said the man gave him a coin representing his unit after they spoke.

“He lost half his battalion. He was telling me about the POWs and the people missing in action. He gave that to me, says he loves everything I stand for,” Bennett said, showing reporters the coin. “That’s just an honor to be able to get something like that. That’s a big deal.”

The past two weeks, Bennett has stood during the anthem, but he has been a regular among players protesting racial inequality and police brutality during the anthem. And next week, he’s going to use his customizable cleat option to honor families of POWs and MIA soldiers. After watching a recent PBS documentary on Vietnam, Bennett said he thinks it’s important to support those who come home dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The last couple weeks we wanted to honor the military and everybody, so that was really good,” Bennett said. “So to be able to shine a light on some of the issues that are going on within the military or from after [war] is something I think as Americans we should definitely bring up. As much as we love everything they do, we should love everything that they’re going through too. So just to be able to support them. It was an honor for me to get that [coin].”

Not everyone shares the view of that veteran, but not everyone has listened to Bennett and others who have explained many times the reasons they sit or kneel.

71 responses to “Michael Bennett touched by gift from Vietnam veteran

  1. I think most people don’t care why they sit or kneel…they care that they are sitting or kneeling. The sooner these guys are gone, the better the league will be.

  2. I CAN NOT WAIT for these Bennett DRAMA QUEENS to get outta the league and fade away… They are as bad as Ray Lewis… all light up when a camera is around!

  3. What is going to happen to all of these guys when the big show is over for them? When they are out of the spotlight? I hope they are saving their money, because the real world is just a step away.

  4. That Vet shouldn’t have gave such a prized possession to a NFL player that disrespects our flag and our national anthem each and every week. You have an issue with the police that arrested you? Take it up with the cops, the department, the city, and the court system. Don’t take it out on the millions of Vets who have served this country and continue to serve this country so people like you can play a kids sport and make millions in the process.

  5. No photo no proof of said coin and said veteran. The Bennett brothers have proven to be liars over and over.

  6. “Not everyone shares the view of that veteran, but not everyone has listened to Bennett and others who have explained many times the reasons they sit or kneel.”
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    That’s great that this Vet has a huge heart and I have mad respect for him. But for every one of him, there are hundreds of vets who feel disrespected by the kneeling antics. They are always put in the backround while the liberal media pushes the minority who agree with them to the forefront.

    Also, you’re quote above is just wrong. I have listened to Bennets explanation… I just don’t buy it and I don’t agree with it. That is what liberals don’t understand. Let me put it this way… when you think Trump says something racist, and then he “explains” why it wasn’t… you listened to his explanation… but you just don’t buy it. You think “Trump can’t just declare that something he said that was racist, isn’t actually racist just because he said so”. You just don’t buy it. Well, newsflash…. the same thing can actually happen in reverse. I listen to the statement that it’s not disrespectful to the military all the time, but I just don’t buy it.

  7. Not everyone thinks the Redskins should change their name. No matter how some people feel about it, the organization insists they mean no disrespect by using it. So those offended by the name need to get over it. Just like those who believe the kneeling is disrespectful, right?

  8. I’m deeply offended that an NFL player is trying to make things better. He should be fired immediately.

  9. Well, anyone who uses symbols of our country to protest whatever the current grievance is won’t be getting a unit coin from me. And it’s safe to sat the vast majority of veterans won’t be giving one, either.

  10. Once again proving that the fake anthem supporters don’t really care about the flag or the anthem. Their “outrage” is simply a thinly disguised vehicle to spew hatred of their fellow man.

  11. Without video proof I don’t believe a word that Bennett says. He probably is making the whole story up.

  12. Michael E says:
    November 27, 2017 at 8:49 am
    Well, anyone who uses symbols of our country to protest whatever the current grievance is won’t be getting a unit coin from me. And it’s safe to sat the vast majority of veterans won’t be giving one, either.

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    The vast majority of veterans support the players right to kneel during the anthem…only people who have other issues can’t understand that they aren’t disrespecting the military… the only ones who can’t get it are the ones who believe a draft dodging coward who insults actual veterans that served this country and were POW’S but masquerades around with phony patriotism to serve his own greed…

  13. Blow the dog whistle again! Quickly!!! Gotta make sure that they keep believing this is about disrespecting the flag/anthem/military/veterans. Gotta keep the base strong!

  14. America was made great by people who just went along with whatever policy the Powers That Be thought was appropriate.

    The motto of the anti-protesters should be:
    “Taxation Without Representation? Sign Me Up!

  15. Well the vet may see it that way but the Bennet brothers are either ignorant bigoted or both. And when is that other dim brother going to apologize to the New Orleans police. Parents never taught these two feral manners.

  16. One out of millions thinks you are righteous, good percentage there. Vietnam vets have with stood much more than you can even imagine, Mr. Bennett I’m touched.

  17. downtownswinga says:

    The vast majority of veterans support the players right to kneel during the anthem…only people who have other issues can’t understand that they aren’t disrespecting the military…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The vast majority of veterans agree that the players have the right to kneel – on their own time.

    But you live in la la land if you think they support the players right to kneel during the anthem as it’s played at an NFL game. And the majority of veterans do think the players are failing to show respect for the flag and the service men and women that have served to protect the players.

    U.S. Army Vet – 1972 through 1978 – 39 months served overseas.

  18. Less than 1% of NFL players protest by not standing for the anthem, yet some people (including Trump) paint all the players with one brush.
    Far less than 1% of cops commit police brutality, yet some people (like Bennett/Kaepernick) make this about all cops.
    At what point does the stereotyping of NFL players and cops stop? The reality is that most NFL players and most cops are good, decent people.

  19. Lets make a poll of all veterans and see how they feel about Bennett and the rest sitting for the anthem. Guess what Bennett would not be happy with the results!

  20. If you’re not a vet you probably shouldn’t have an opinion on how vets feel. You really don’t have a clue. And I never felt the flag just belonged to those of us who served because people serve this country in a variety of ways without putting on the uniform. I don’t feel disrespected I feel like the players are exercising the rights I served for whether I agree or not.

  21. So many miss the point on the kneeling issue. It’s not about whether YOU believe it to be disrespectful to anybody else or not. It’s not about whether BENNETT or any of his supporters believe it to be disrespectful to anybody else. The fact is that a significant portion of the population see it as disrespectful. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10%, 20%, 30%, or 90% who feel disrespected by the kneeling. The goal should be to get 100% behind ending unwarranted police violence regardless of race. It may be time to show willingness to transition to a form of protest seen as less disrespectful to many who would more vigorously support the cause were it not for the disrespect.

  22. Our military is awesome, and it’s paid for by the U.S. taxpayers. NFL players pay a lot more in taxes than just about any of us. Much, much more. So thank you to the NFL players for helping support our freedom fighters. I think the reason so many veterans support guys like Kaepernick and Bennett is because they saw a lot of their buddies dying while fighting for freedom. To come home and see draft dodgers (like our president) and others who never served, trying to take away freedom of speech is just so disrespectful to those who lost everything while fighting for that very freedom.

  23. @ackattack22 says:

    Less than 1% of NFL players protest by not standing for the anthem, yet some people (including Trump) paint all the players with one brush.
    Far less than 1% of cops commit police brutality, yet some people (like Bennett/Kaepernick) make this about all cops.
    At what point does the stereotyping of NFL players and cops stop? The reality is that most NFL players and most cops are good, decent people.
    ===================================================================================
    Nice try…the reality is the police are many times killing innocent citizens without repercussions.

  24. It may be time to show willingness to transition to a form of protest seen as less disrespectful to many who would more vigorously support the cause were it not for the disrespect.
    “who would more vigorously support the cause”
    —————————–
    So naive. You know the real reason they aren’t supporting the cause. It has nothing to do with vets.

  25. Cool story bro. Your leagues ratings continue to drop off the map. Keep sitting, kneeling, raisings fists, fake peeing on the field…whatever….your product is no longer welcome in many American homes. Have to say that when I went home for Thanksgiving even I was shocked at the disdain anyone I talked to has for the NFL.

  26. This is all fine and dandy, but when is Bennett going to admit that he completely lied about the Police targeting him during the Las Vegas incident? I like the guy as a football player, but c’mon dude- you can’t talk about racial injustice when you’re clearly perpetrating it.

  27. I’m certain that I’m still waiting for that body-cam video that proves he was lying. You idiots still avoid that truth.

    As for polling vets, since when were they the only people who count? BTW, where is it written that the flag and Anthem are the sole province of the military? Still waiting for an answer on that one. To my knowledge, they both represent the entire country, with which Bennett & company have honest issues.

  28. marcuswelby70 says:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:26 am
    Vietnam veterans have been suffering for 50+ years. Long before you were around Michael, and long before you chose to protest during the national anthem!
    ———–

    COnsidering his old man is a veteran, I THINK he knows that.

    Now take your OTHER ISSUES regarding the protests… elsewhere.

  29. No one even stood for the anthem, or was even SEEN ON THE FIELD during the anthem until the NFL began searching for another stream of income and charged the armed forces for their false show of patriotism a decade ago.

    But please be more outraged.

    These are the same people who scream all types of garbage during the anthem at hockey games, but think that a respectful kneel is problematic.

    Reveal more about yourselves. Please.

    You can’t lie enough to cover up your true sentiments.

  30. This man is a Vietnam war veteran….whatever he decides to do, whether I agree with it or not, whom he expresses his feelings too, is a moot point… This man deserves more than me to express his opinions…

  31. The sad thing is you never heard about racism being a big problem a year or two ago now all of a sudden it’s this countries biggest problem. And I’m yet to see it, when I go to the store or go out for a night it sure seems like everyone is getting along just fine. If anything people like this are pushing people to be racist

  32. “No one even stood for the anthem, or was even SEEN ON THE FIELD during the anthem until the NFL began searching for another stream of income and charged the armed forces for their false show of patriotism a decade ago.”
    —————————————–
    Uhhh, you are mistaken, review a few films from 20 or 30 years ago. The teams were on the field and were all standing with their hands over their hearts. Some teams, like the Vikings under Bud Grant, actually practiced standing for the Anthem. Granted, people born after 1990 probably never saw that, nor, heard of it.

  33. Bennett and his brother both are active in their communities doing things for the better. While I would bet MOST, if not all of you spewing venom at them do nothing at all, but complain to the other trolls on message boards like these. I for one, am very thankful my daddy raised me better. I would like to say I am sorry for those of you who’s fathers failed you so miserably, but I am not. We need more examples of how not to be, so others can recognize useless people and learn from it. You are all providing great examples on here daily.

  34. The vast majority of veterans support the players right to kneel during the anthem…only people who have other issues can’t understand that they aren’t disrespecting the military… the only ones who can’t get it are the ones who believe a draft dodging coward who insults actual veterans that served this country and were POW’S but masquerades around with phony patriotism to serve his own greed…

  35. Care about Veterans Mr. Bennett? Over 500,000 veteran’s have returned home in the last 16 years suffering from TBI. 22 Veterans a day commit suicide . 40,000 Veterans a night are homeless in the USA on any given night. Suffering knows no skin color, religion or sexual orientation.

  36. mtrhead269 says:
    November 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    Care about Veterans Mr. Bennett? Over 500,000 veteran’s have returned home in the last 16 years suffering from TBI. 22 Veterans a day commit suicide . 40,000 Veterans a night are homeless in the USA on any given night. Suffering knows no skin color, religion or sexual orientation.

    So what are you doing about it…other than telling someone else how they should spend their money?

  37. racists made this an anthem/flag issue because they didn’t want to acknowledge the real issue of rogue cops killing unarmed civilians. speak the truth. bennett does

  38. They also don’t acknowledge when a player claims to be racially profiled at a vegas casino when it reality it never happened

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