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Michael Bennett sits during national anthem, brother Martellus holds fist in air

Michael Bennett sits during national anthem, brother Martellus holds fist in air”

Both Bennett and Lynch remained seated during The Star-Spangled Banner before the Seahawks and Raiders season-opening games as part of a continuing wave of protests that began previous year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. On the other sideline at about the 30 yard line, his younger brother Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Packers, stood at the end of the line next to his teammates, but raised his right fist in the air during the anthem at Lambeau Field.

Michael, who recently said he was a victim of racism and police brutality in Las Vegas, chose to sit while "The Star-Spangled Banner" was performed.

Michael Bennett said he was in Las Vegas on August 26 on his day off to attend the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. The police ordered him to get to the ground and according to his letter they told him they were going to "blow his f***ing head off". After the fight, Michael Bennett says he headed back to his hotel when he heard what he thought were gunshots.

The incident was caught on cell phone video by TMZ.

Martellus Bennett reacts to his brother's encounter with Las Vegas police
Martellus Bennett reacts to his brother's encounter with Las Vegas police

This came in the wake of how he believes Las Vegas Police racially profiled him. "While officers were searching the casino, they were able to safely evacuate many patrons of all races" police say.

Police denied the charge and said Bennett was detained briefly because he was spotted running from the police before jumping over a wall.

Bennett has retained a lawyer for a possible lawsuit.



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