Michael Bennett: Most people know why Kaepernick isn’t signed


As Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, plenty of players aren’t remaining silent about the situation. On Wednesday, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett spoke at length regarding the explanation for Kaepernick’s absence.

“There is no logical explanation,” Bennett said. “Obviously, there’s the elephant in the room why Kaepernick isn’t signed, and most people know why.”

He’s referring, obviously, to Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem as the reflection of his concerns regarding the treatment of minorities by some police officers.

“I’ve said this several times and I’m not afraid to say it,” Bennett said. “But I think race and politics in sports is something people don’t want to hear about, nor do people want to be a part of. I think if you bring the issue of oppressed people on to a stage where there’s millions of fans watching, you bring up dirty little secrets, and I think a lot of people don’t want to hear that. People just want to see people score touchdowns and make big hits. They don’t want to hear about people getting killed by police or people being — gentrification, women’s rights issues. Nobody wants to hear about that. . . . People just want to hear about athletes playing sports. But in this generation, athletes are supposed to use our platform to make change, and what are we supposed to do when we are part of America? Are we supposed to just stay in our homes and not speak up on issues? No, I think it’s different. I think we’re supposed to go back and continuously bring up the issues and continuously inspire the youth that look up to us. I think that’s our job as athletes and that’s our job as human being. I think a human rights issue is everybody’s problem. Every issue we’re dealing with race is everybody’s issue. I think every issue we’re dealing with women’s rights is everybody’s problem. So until everybody feels like it’s a problem, then it’s going to continuously be a problem.”

Bennett was asked what this says about the league.

“I think it just reflects on the state of the league,” Bennett said. “I think the league is built on middle America and most of the middle of America is predominantly a white crowd. That’s just the truth of it. I think race is not something that the NFL wants to be a part of or get behind. So, but the league is predominantly African-American. So the issue what he’s dealing with is what we’re all dealing with. We all come from the inner city or we’ve been a part of communities where we felt like we’ve been judged because of the color of our skin, or the way — who we like, or if a woman — any issue to deal with, we’ve all been dealing with it with someone in our family.”

Kaepernick’s best (only) shot at getting a job came from Bennett’s team. So why didn’t the Seahawks sign him?

“I don’t know what factors into the Seahawks not signing him,” Bennett said. “I know the Seahawks were the only team that stepped up and even gave him the opportunity . . . . So that says a lot about the organization. I think our organization is built around community. I think if you look at the way that the Seahawks move, if you look at the way that our team moves, if you look at the people that work for the building and this organization is built around community. So I’m not surprised that the Seahawks were the one to look at Kaepernick or gave him the opportunity to even try out.”

Actually, Kaepernick never got a tryout, just a visit. And some think the Seahawks were never really interested in Kaepernick, possibly because the Seahawks don’t want an in-house threat to Russell Wilson. Pay close attention to what Bennett said regarding coach Pete Carroll’s decision not to sign Kaepernick.

“I think it’s that’s what his opinion [is],” Bennett said. “I think his opinion is his valid opinion. He is the head coach. He is the leader of the organization when it comes to picking players. If he feels that this is not the right situation because we have a starting quarterback, then that’s his choice. I think he’s able to have that choice. He’s shown that he’s of a winning pedigree. He makes sure he wants to not have that competition behind his quarterback, I think it’s justifiable. So that’s how I feel.”

While Bennett may buy Carroll’s decision “to not have that competition behind his quarterback,” Bennett doesn’t buy the decision of other teams with other quarterbacks to not give Kaepernick a try. And Bennett believes (as many do) that the various reasons rattled off regarding Kaepernick’s unemployment conceal a hard truth that the NFL and many in the media refuse to admit.

31 responses to “Michael Bennett: Most people know why Kaepernick isn’t signed

  1. It’s not that people bring up the issue. It’s that entitled whiny little millionaires think they’re oppressed. This isn’t a race issue. It’s a social one.

  2. Is it because he has little talent outside of the now QB hittable read option he was good at with Harbaugh? Or is it because he has little talent compared to the circus and eventual QB controversy that comes with signing a back-up QB?

  3. I think when you spit on the people who pay their hard earned money to support you with millions of dollars, you owe it to them to be grateful for what you got at work and work your butt off for your causes on your own time. We don’t pay you to be the voice of your pet cause
    on the job, we pay you to entertain us. You don’t entertain us any longer, bye Felicia. Hard lesson to learn, but you are learning it.

  4. I think the pig socks spoke to his mindset more than not standing for the national anthem. That might have been his downfall–that, and the fact he’s not a great player.

  5. Pete Carrol is secure in his own skin, which can’t be said for the vast majority of NFL coaches. Why put a target on your own back when it’s so much easier to drift with the tide? The white majority in this country are fine with racism. Running with the majority is a safer bet than turning against it regarding job security, right? There is nothing new or difficult to understand in any of this. Racism is alive and well in the US. Michael Bennet says it all.

  6. I think “most people” recognize racism when they see it, even when it’s coming from a black athlete who views everything and anything through that tainted lens. Glad you’re among the best defensive players in the league Mr. Bennett, because otherwise I’d say you deserve a refund on that “education”.

  7. I wish Kap had a job so I could feel better about any team’s individual stance on the injustices against black people and others in America, but the truth is the Map and the media have created a Tebow-esque situation where he’ll likely be a locker room distraction on most teams. It’s unfortunate, but that’s how it’s gonna go until a team is completely desperate.

  8. Athletes have many different platforms in which to “make change”, speak out on issues. The problem is choosing to do so during a game’s broadcast. Fans watch the games for the action on the field, not for the issue de jour. That was the problem.

    Kaep’s poor choice to disrupt fans’ viewing time with a personal agendas instead of using all the other avenues available to him is why there is a backlash. Choices have consequences.

  9. I really​ don’t like Micheal Bennett, I think he’s a blowhard. But that being said, I don’t disagree with him saying athletes should use their fame to help make the US a better country. And I believe most people would agree with that. The bigger problem as I see it, wasn’t the protest, but the venue for it. An NFL has plenty of opportunities to help facilitate change without offending a majority of the country. His message might be valid, but he made a poor business decision in how he expressed it. And as a result, he’s made it a poor business decision for a team to sign him.

  10. He will be employed by the 3rd game of the season. By that time, at least 2 QB’s will be out for the season with injuries. If he isn’t on a team by the 3rd game of the season, he needs to retire.

  11. One place where Kap could have a large fan base and hence make an owner take a chance would be Atlanta. Would he fit in their offense as clearly a # 2 or # 3 QB?

    Perhaps even the Panthers where his style would mesh more.

  12. It’s now ok dance
    But not okay​ to think
    The Anglo can’t handle Kap’s truth about the
    fairy tale
    Of land of the free and home of his Slave.
    He broke the thought barrier and the Anglo
    Will make a example out of him by lynching
    His career.

  13. These “athletes” should be happy with all that money us good old folk pay them. They should all be quiet and perform. How dare they get all uppity and even think about interrupting our entertainment with any human rights issue. I nearly turned off my tv every time that Kapenegro guy sat quietly to himself during the national anthem.

  14. in 2016 almost 2 the number of white have been killed by cops. So I ask the questions again, if cops kills black s because they are black , why do cops kill white people, because they are white? Maybe if you can get past race at every turn you can have conversation on the need for better training, new techniques, and getting information to potential victims, stop painting that only blacks are being killed by cops. Because it ain’t true.

  15. He’s lacks the skill set to start on most teams and the ones he may be able to have their guy and wait, here’s the big one… owners are profit-driven and will weather a storm for a starter, especially a QB, but never a backup and that what Kap is a this point

  16. atumx says:
    Jun 16, 2017 12:52 AM
    It’s now ok dance
    But not okay​ to think
    The Anglo can’t handle Kap’s truth about the
    fairy tale
    Of land of the free and home of his Slave.
    He broke the thought barrier and the Anglo
    Will make a example out of him by lynching
    His career.


    No time for poetry.
    He lynched his own career.
    Do it outside of football.
    Now just go have a beer.

    Btw this blaming white people is getting really old. Grow up and take responsibility for your own actions.

  17. Im all for athletes speaking out…just do it on your own dime…and on your own stage.

    When you take the field…you play football. Its why we tune in. Its a great escape form the reality…up until you try to steal the stage and make it about something you believe in.

    Remember you are rich because we watch and buy all the expensive crap…you start attacking your fans…you might not be so rich.

  18. Our problem with your world view isn’t that you feel “oppressed” when some guy who looks like you is shot like a metal duck at a Midway shooting gallery. Rather, it’s that you also feel “oppressed” when some guy who looks like you is shot while charging a cop after he’s already shot said cop while attempting to wrestle away his service weapon. Your refusal to acknowledge that almost all of those supposed “victims” of “oppression” punched their own damn tickets is what earns you a deaf ear. Here’s some unsolicited advice: (1) Do what cops tell you to do. when they tell you to do it. Save the debates for the courtroom. (2) Don’t run from cops. (3) Don’t fight with cops.

  19. Wasn’t Bennett one of the ones trashing Kap back in their SB? I could swear I remember Bennett and Sherman talking a bunch of smack about the guy, saying he isn’t good. How does he go from that to “Hes not signed because of racism”?

    Seriously, why cant people just admit that Kap is not good enough to warrant even 5 million a year??? I don’t want him on my team. And not because he is a self entitled idiot. Because he isn’t as good as the paycheck indicated. Just like Sanchez cost the Eagles, and why he was released.

  20. “But in this generation, athletes are supposed to use our platform to make change” …It used to be just Hollywood actors who had a distorted image of self-importance and relevance beyond acting. Now we have athletes thinking the same. Both live in worlds far removed from the working class who pay hard earned salaries to escape into movies and sports just to get a break from the hard challenges of everyday life.

    Why should anyone give a rip about what an actor or professional athlete thinks about political topics? ESPN, like CK, has just made a big mistake going political. All I want is a good movie and a good sports team to follow. Regardless of your politics, you try to push it on me and your well will dry up. For proof, check the declining balance sheets of ESPN, CK and Hollywood!

  21. Hmmm… I wonder why the billionaire, Micheal Jordon, never talked about race, religion or current political events?

    His agents at IMG told him if he won lots of games, smiled often and only talked about how much he loved the game of basketball and being in the NBA… they would make him filthy rich!!!

    Kaepernick must have missed that memo…😬

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