Michael Bennett wants a sit down with Donald Trump (vid)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett made an appearance Monday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” and expressed a desire to sit down with President Donald Trump to discuss the NFL’s national anthem protest controversy, among other issues.
Bennett, who has been kneeling during the anthem ever since the preseason, explained why he participates in such protests. Bennett cited during his comments an incident last month involving an encounter with the Las Vegas Police Department during which he believes he was a victim of racial profiling (more on that here).
“It happened to me, and it could happen to anybody, but at the end of the day, I don’t hate law enforcement,” Bennett said, as transcribed by NESN. “I don’t hate any police officers. But I think there are some people out there that could judge you on the color of your skin, and I don’t want people to say, ‘Hey, you’re bashing every single officer.’ I don’t believe that every single officer is a bad person. I’m not going that way.”
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— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 26, 2017
Bennett also addressed with Cooper Trump’s crusade against the NFL in recent days in which the President in part argued players who participated in anthem protests should be “fired” by their team, amid other inflammatory rhetoric.
Bennett offered to meet with Trump to discuss the ongoing controversy.
“I would love to sit down with the president and talk about these issues and be able to find a way to fix them or be able to find a way to have the voice of the people, the people that don’t have a voice, that they’re not listening to,” Bennett said. “I don’t — I can’t sit here and say that he’s not my president … because at the end of the day, he is the President of the United States, and for him to say that it’s a privilege and we shouldn’t speak on what we believe in because we’re making money. He was a rich man, too, and all of a sudden he’s speaking on what he believes in, and he still stood up for what he believes in, and he’s the President of the United States, so what makes him different from us?”