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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Sits For National Anthem After Controversial Arrest In Vegas

Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett joined other NFL athletes on Sunday in protesting the treatment of minorities by US law enforcement during season-opening weekend.

Michael sat on a bench as The Star-Spangled Banner played before the Seahawks’ opener against the Green Bay Packers, while teammate Justin Britt put a hand on his shoulder.

His brother, Martellus, a tight end for the Packers, stood at the end of the Green Bay bench with his right fist raised in the air in a black power salute.

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Meanwhile, in Ohio, Cleveland Browns players linked arms with police, military and firefighters during the anthem before the team’s opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The move comes just two weeks after Michael was detained on a Las Vegas street for about 10 minutes by police who were investigating gunshots in the area.

The Pro Bowl defensive end, who was handcuffed on the ground, announced earlier Wednesday morning on Twitter that he is considering a civil rights lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metro Police.

In a note addressed ‘Dear World’, Michael claimed police picked him out of a crowd that was running away from the sound of gunshots. Ultimately, he explained, those officers threatened to ‘blow my f****** head off’.

‘Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time,’ he wrote.

According to Michael, he was returning to his hotel from T-Mobile Arena with ‘several hundred’ other people, when everyone heard what sounded like gunshots.

The pack of people ran for safety, he explained, which is when a nearby police officer ordered him to get to the ground before putting a gun near his head and threatening to kill him.

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  • Screw all you NFL and NBA Players who don’t stand for the National Anthem. I don’t watch no NFL or NBA games anymore. I hope you all rot in Hell and go bankrupt along with the NBA and the NFL Leagues for allowing this to happen. You are all Scum of the Earth.

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