Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt placed his hand on Michael Bennett‘s shoulder in a display of support of the defensive end’s decision to sit during the national anthem prior to the start of Friday’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Britt stood next to the sitting Bennett, who told reporters earlier this week he plans to sit during the national anthem all season in protest of social injustice. Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also showed his support of Bennett by standing a few feet away and facing him during the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner.
“I thought it was a special moment and an emotional moment, for me, it was a very touching moment,” Bennett said about Britt’s show of support. “And I’m very thankful to have someone in my corner like that and I’m appreciative of him.”
Britt told NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz he talked with Bennett before the game about supporting his cause. Britt said he would “encourage” his teammates to join him and Bennett in trying to understand the issues and not just “pick sides” in the debate.
“I want to support him, I
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