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Seahawks Michael Bennett stands during national anthem ahead of Veterans Day

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 10:21 PM
By: KIRO7.com

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett -- known for sitting during the national anthem -- stood before Thursday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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According to an NFL sportscaster, Bennett told NBC that he stood for the anthem on Thursday to make it clear he supports the military. 

For months, Bennett has said he sits during games as a demonstration for equality, not because he doesn't respect people who have served. His father served 10 years in the U.S. Navy.

In September, a story about Bennett went viral when he shook hands with veterans on the side of the road outside the Seahawks practice facility. 

Dayna Mink Coats posted a photo of that encounter. She wrote on Facebook that when driving near the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton Sept. 26, she saw a parked car in the middle of the road. 

Coats said as she drove by the veterans and Bennett shaking hands, she became emotional. So she pulled over in tears.

“A few of the veterans came over to see if I was ok and behind them walked up Michael Bennett,” Coats wrote. “I was unprepared and not expecting this situation in my morning. But with eyes welled up with tears and speaking from my heart … I simply said, ‘Michael, I am so torn and I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to disrespect our country, our flag or my husband who’s in the military but I want to understand. I’m a big Seahawks fan and I don’t know what to do?’ He reached in and hugged me.”

They talked for nearly 20 minutes, and Bennett explained how he had family in the military too.

“The word unity was used several times and he admitted he didn’t know where to go from here. I do not know either,” Coats wrote. “Nor do I know what the correct answers are … but I do know, I am thankful for those veterans and thankful Michael stopped to talk with them … and inadvertently, me.”