Michael Bennett on anthem policy: “It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore”

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Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been one of the league’s more vocal protestors, willing to sit during the national anthem to bring attention to the causes he believes in.

But while he doesn’t agree with either the NFL’s new policy requiring players on the field to stand, or the President whose pressure inspired that policy, Bennett doesn’t sound like a man who wants to extend this particular fight.

Via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Bennett spoke at a book signing in Seattle last night and reiterated that his decision to sit during the anthem “was never about the flag.”

“It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore,” Bennett said. “We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.”

Bennett said he would have preferred a different policy, but had no idea how other players would respond.

“I don’t have any predictions,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.’’

As other players have, Bennett made a point to say the attention should be on the work players are doing in communities to remedy social problems. Of course, that should have probably been the case before, prior to people hijacking the issue for political advantage.

53 responses to “Michael Bennett on anthem policy: “It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore”

  1. uhhhhh, thats exactly what the majority of people have been saying in the 1st place. no one had any problems with the players supporting any cause. People continue to feel that, kneeling, riding a bike, sitting during the national anthem is disrespectful to the men and women who served our great country. pretty simple concept. I think everyone would be happy to see bennett doing something positive in his community.

  2. “It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore,” Bennett said. “We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.”

    Yes. Smartest thing this guy may have ever said. But that actually takes time and effort….unlike hijacking a moment at the start of a football game

  3. If these morons want to protest then they should do it on their time. No where in America can you protest at your job on your employers time.

  4. It is easy to protest or complain about something. The rubber meets the road when something is done about it. Bennett is spot on – action is now the next step.

  5. “It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore,” Bennett said. “We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.”

    –That should’ve been the answer from the beginning.

  6. omeletpants says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    If these morons want to protest then they should do it on their time. No where in America can you protest at your job on your employers time.
    ———–
    The majorly of people posting their opinions on this site are currently at work. Oh you just mean “other” people can’t do it. Riiiight.

    I’d imagine all the times that players at at the hospital comforting dying people and their families,trying to give hope to folks dealing with hopelessness. All those times they are doing that on their own time the teams that employ them get the charitable benefit off of the backs of players who are on their own time. I feel that more than balances out a select few that take a knee while the game (that has yet to start) is taking a commercial break.

  7. mack2x says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    “It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore,” Bennett said. “We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.”

    –That should’ve been the answer from the beginning.

    ———

    Except “the beginning” was not about this. “The Beginning” was about Kaep pouting because he lost out to Blaine Gabbert.

  8. The idea was of course to draw attention to a serious issue. Instead, we have a bunch ill informed, whining losers (like POTUS) making all about “respect for the flag”. As it has been pointed out time and again, many vets support their right to kneel and many of those complaining about it, (like POTUS) have disrespected the flag countless times of their own, over and over again. Trump=fat, white, stupid, angry, whining, blaming and incapable of abstract conceptualization. Do we need any further evidence why he is so popular with so many??? He is…just like them. Except he was born into wealth, most of his supporters…not.

  9. “We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.”

    YES!!! That is the correct response and course of action. Let’s stop inflaming and confusing the message with anthem kneeling. I don’t think anyone disagrees that there’s work to be done. How you go about addressing it is where the controversy lies. Why dilute the message and distract from making inroads by unnecessarily ruffling the feathers of the very people who could be helping with the solution?!

  10. It was never about the gesture to begin with. The gesture was to intentionally raise awareness to and bring about a discussion about social inequality and justice. Sometimes you have to offend people’s sensibilities and challenge institutions in order to bring about change. If you disagree with that, fine but perhaps you’re forgetting how this country was founded. Who was listening when players were trying to bring attention to the issues by using their platform before kneeling for the anthem became a “thing”? Exactly. Now we’re at least having the conversation and players are continuing the cause by working in their communities around the nation to solve the problem.

  11. Yes Michael….it’s such a 2017 moment….been there, done that. Lets find something NEW and controversal for 2018. Come on NFL players, you can find SOMETHING NEW to annoy and alienate your fanbase this year!

  12. Maybe, just maybe, President Trump helped Michael Bennett grow up and look for a positive manner in which to actually help people.

    We all know that Bennett has typically done the opposite…

  13. It’s too bad that some people are too unpatriotic to understand what our country is about.

  14. “richndc says:”

    I have read the many comments in the many articles posted and there seem to be a a lot of Trump supporters (his base I keep hearing who they are) that have belly ached about making someone “stand for the anthem” so that Trump would be happy and his base would be happy, when anyone with common sense knew nothing will make these miserable people happy, other than acknowledging they are always right. How can you satisfy a person that demands one things on one breath then changes their mind about their demands and are hypocritical about their approach to everything? It doesn’t even matter or worth anyone’s time to “oppose” Trump and his base because they have “deplorable” attitudes about, well everything. I have had a few good debates, about the need to just watch football and keep the politics OUT of the NFL but we all know Trump’s politics and his base are OK but “the others” are the real problem. And Trump and his base are NOT the majority (see Inauguration crowds) they are the VOCAL MINORITY and I actually think we should find BETTER ways to point out injustice… the quality of football sucks a fewer people are watching a Roger Godell (poorly) led league anyway. Oh WAIT! It is Pelosi and Soros fault!

  15. “It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore,” Bennett said. “We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.”

    The dumbest one of them gets it. There might be some progress.

  16. Mikey, the “gesture” was B.S. to begin with. Perhaps, you “protesters” can find a more productive “gesture” to use for your protest. I am thinkning like – go into these “communities of color” and talk to the folk about the rule of law; maybe, persuade these communities that not obeying a lawful command from a law enforcement officer is not a good idea; and, what about rapping with them about how they are killing each other faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar more often than the po-po is?

  17. Protesting during the anthem not only raised awareness, it also exposed a seedy underbelly of bigots. The anthem zealots have revealed their true feelings regarding African-Americans and other minorities.

  18. Protest during something else, or atleast protest being forced to stand before games just so the NFL can appear patriotic. But don’t sit like a baby during it and say it’s for something else.

  19. OMG…. “It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore,” Bennett said. “We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.” …. EVERYBODY that said that last year was labeled a racist by the libtards….

  20. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    Protesting during the anthem not only raised awareness, it also exposed a seedy underbelly of bigots. The anthem zealots have revealed their true feelings regarding African-Americans and other minorities.

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    It also revealed the shysters and opportunists who cry “racism” at every turn

    But if you are truly worried about the plight of African Americans, what are you personally doing about the hundreds of blacks that will be killed by other blacks today, tomorrow and every day going forward?

  21. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    Protesting during the anthem not only raised awareness, it also exposed a seedy underbelly of bigots. The anthem zealots have revealed their true feelings regarding African-Americans and other minorities.

    ________________________
    think before you speak, you are saying the men and women who save up their hard earned money to purchase tickets to watch a game played predominantly by minorities, wearing a jersey of a minority hoping to get a autograph or a chance to meet a minority are just bigots?

    Open your eyes

  22. This is what most of us have been saying since they started disrespecting the flag. The players made it about the flag because they knelt during the honoring of the flag. Go make changes where they matter. If that can be done – I will aplaud all efforts made.

  23. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    Protesting during the anthem not only raised awareness, it also exposed a seedy underbelly of bigots. The anthem zealots have revealed their true feelings regarding African-Americans and other minorities.
    —————————————

    It exposed the difference between people that love their country and just want to watch football and the leftist communists trying to undermine an enjoyable institution by brainwashing stupid players and filling their heads full of lies and talking points.

  24. This guy is flat out a mama’s boy. Anybody seen the video available from Vegas? He acted like a 18 year old girl getting arrested at a party for underage drinking. All that was missing was him crying for his mommy. Anyone seen his arraignment for the pushing incident at the super bowl? He’s a lying baby. Once put in a court room, he looked like a scared puppy. This is the guy leading protests?

  25. This was a very unexpected comment coming from Michael Bennett’s mouth. I’ve never liked the guy, but I applaud what he’s saying here. Get out in your communities and work to make a difference, because frankly the issue they were claiming to bring awareness to… unless you haven’t had television or the internet for the last five years (or ever) you were already aware of the issue that African Americans feel discriminated against by the police.

    With that said, the act of kneeling doesn’t actually accomplish anything at this point. It is a simple act of defiance right now. If that’s what you’re going for, then fine but stop calling it something it isn’t. If you actually want to make an impact, show unity with your teammates and play a great game/season and use some of your millions to get out in your community and make an impact.

  26. factschecker says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I’d imagine all the times that players at at the hospital comforting dying people and their families,trying to give hope to folks dealing with hopelessness. All those times they are doing that on their own time the teams that employ them get the charitable benefit off of the backs of players who are on their own time. I feel that more than balances out a select few that take a knee while the game (that has yet to start) is taking a commercial break.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    At least try to live up to your screen name. Every NFL player is required by contract to do a specific number of “appearances” per month/year. Every. Single. Player. Often, they can choose what to do but sometimes the team chooses for them. Obviously some players choose to do stuff on their own and they should be commended for it but many of them only do the bare minimum that they are contractually obligated to do. That is far different and undeserving of lumping them all together and placing them on a pedestal in the moral high ground like you just tried to do. Commend the ones that actually do something. How many of the kneelers have done anything beyond face-time they get for kneeling on TV? A few, yes, but not many.

  27. mack2x says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    richndc says:

    Blah, blah, blah, Trump….

    –Why do certain people always have to make it about Trump?
    ______________________

    Mack2x–try and keep up here (lest you appear dumb). Trump made this about HIM. Over and over and over again. To the point where its all many can talk about instead of football. Certain people? Trump has fired people over taking too much of the spotlight from him. Please. You can do better than that–well, maybe not.

  28. liberalsruineverything says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm
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    Hey I have a groupie! How bout that!?. I’m happy to have a positive influence on any libtard.

  29. Via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Bennett spoke at a book signing in Seattle last night and reiterated that his decision to sit during the anthem “was never about the flag.”
    ========================================================

    Your leader, Kaepernick, said specifically he wouldn’t show pride in the flag. He specified the word flag.

  30. Of course, that should have probably been the case before, prior to people hijacking the issue for political advantage.

    ——–
    If this post ever sees the light of day, I’m surprised to see an acknowledgment that Kaep started off day one hijacking the anthem for political means/advantage.

  31. How many of these ignorant dopes have taken Trump up on his pardon ask?

    Probably none because they don’t really care about all the crap they spew, they are just regurgitating the propaganda they hear on TV from the American Pravda

  32. factschecker says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    The majorly of people posting their opinions on this site are currently at work. Oh you just mean “other” people can’t do it. Riiiight.

    I’d imagine all the times that players at at the hospital comforting dying people and their families,trying to give hope to folks dealing with hopelessness. All those times they are doing that on their own time the teams that employ them get the charitable benefit off of the backs of players who are on their own time. I feel that more than balances out a select few that take a knee while the game (that has yet to start) is taking a commercial break.

    ———————-
    Yeah, right.
    It has always looked to me like the players doing charity work is mostly part of their “TAX SHELTER” foundation.
    Something that makes them look good (for endorsements and such) and puts $$ in their pockets.

    Have not seen or heard about a lot of players trying to stop people from carrying guns or reducing crime on their own time or dime…

  33. Talk his cheap get off your knee and actually go out in the communities you feel so much for.

  34. “It isn’t so much about the gesture anymore,” Bennett said. “We don’t have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.”

    Why didn’t you do that in the first place instead of alienating people?

  35. Hey folks; lots of players protested while still working and giving back to their communities. Bennett, Sherman and Baldwin all give back and did so way before the protests. Many others do this and weren’t part of the protests, as well.

    His point was; the point has been made, so there is no point in continuing and distracting from the point made.

  36. rohinaz – “you are saying the men and women who saved up their hard earned money to purchase tickets to watch a game played primarily by minorities…are just bigots”.

    I’m not saying that at all. The great majority of folks attending games are good people who hold no racial animus. Those good people also are not offended by the protest, and are not using fake outrage about kneeling to express prejudice toward African-Americans.

    The seedy underbelly of bigots includes those who post their fake concern about African-American on African-American crime, their fake claims that the protesters are initially disrespecting the anthem/flag, etc.

  37. He can talk all he likes, but the fact of the matter is that he’s been a suspect in at least well publicized cases of public disturbances recently and has a reputation for trying to hurt his opponents on the field when angry. We can engage in diversion all we like about the flag, but the fact remains that Bennett has a responsibility to set a better example before attempting to fix others’ problems.

  38. Protesting DURING the anthem was not the issue it is now until the president made it one…ostensibly to rile up his base of supporters (which it did). We can certainly debate the patriotism of Lieutenant Bone Spurs, but why don’t we highlight all the good the players do in their communities for a change instead of constantly judging the assumed intent of the players that took a knee.


  39. richndc says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    The idea was of course to draw attention to a serious issue. Instead, we have a bunch ill informed, whining losers (like POTUS) making all about “respect for the flag”. As it has been pointed out time and again, many vets support their right to kneel and many of those complaining about it, (like POTUS) have disrespected the flag countless times of their own, over and over again. Trump=fat, white, stupid, angry, whining, blaming and incapable of abstract conceptualization. Do we need any further evidence why he is so popular with so many??? He is…just like them. Except he was born into wealth, most of his supporters…not.”

    I hate to burst your bubble, but your attempt to sabotage this is false. I spent 22 years in the military and I know thousands of military and ex-military people. While I have seen a few posts online here, everyone else was offended. In addition, most non-military people were also offended. The insult was directed at the whole nation, whether you think so or not, whether it was intentional or not. That’s why so many decided to speak up about it. Trump just mentioned what the silent majority have been thinking. If you’re going to take a shot at someone, you shouldn’t be crying if they shoot back. And if you want to look for whiners, just check the media: every one is a liberal, and they scream to high heaven whenever they see something they want changed, regardless of what’s right or wrong. If you don’t believe this, simply research these reporters – the facts speak for themselves.

    Regardless of what Michael Bennett has done in the past, he has seen what is happening and showed uncommon good sense in taking the lead with a sensible stance and actions. It remains to be seen if the other players will follow his good example.

  40. gregrrr, it seems most conservatives and liberals do not care about facts. Most seem more concerned with tribal “victories” that further their collective or personal agendas. Those of us that want the facts and the ability to make up our own minds rather than being told how to think or when to be outraged are a dying breed. That is the expected outcome since the media stopped reporting the news and started to try and generate or influence it for profit or political standing. Social media has sped up the process and there are not many journalists who would sacrifice their agenda for an honest reporting of facts…certainly none exist on this site.

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