This is a tough time in our country for many reasons we at SportsHeist don’t have to tell you about.
The horrific tragedy that happened in Charlottesville last weekend is dividing some while uniting others.
The abhorrent events that took place at the University of Virginia are why Colin Kaepernick chose to kneel for the national anthem last season, risking his career, jeopardizing his “image,” costing him millions of dollars.
Michael Bennett isn't worried about the backlash he'll face by sitting during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/dCu8W961nD
— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 14, 2017
If you haven’t heard, Kaepernick is still a free agent, and while we won’t debate whether or not the reasons for his continued unemployment are based on his work on the field or his activism off of it, it needs to be pointed out that Kaepernick is not alone.
Many football players joined Kaepernick’s silent protest last year and two prominent members of the NFL are doing it this year.
Marshawn Lynch sat during the Anthem at last week’s Raiders – Cardinals preseason game. It was nothing new for the newly-recharged running back, who sat during “The Star-Spangled Banner” for most of his career.
Marshawn Lynch tells Jack Del Rio he's been sitting during the national anthem his entire 11 year career. Called it "a non-issue for me." https://t.co/Jm2E1aUKju
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 13, 2017
Lynch’s former Seattle teammate Michael Bennett, with whom he won a Super Bowl ring in 2015, has also decided to not stand for the anthem, saying: “I can’t stand right now. I can’t stand until I see equality and freedom.”
Before everyone jumps in and asks what Bennett and Lynch are doing off the field to better the community, we’ll answer it for you: they are doing more than most.
Not most football players, most Americans.
Michael Bennett siting for the National Anthem ✊? pic.twitter.com/kqNBlbJo0l
— Joseph (@_JosephColley) August 14, 2017