Michael Bennett’s Press Conference Ended in the Most Heartbreaking Way
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Michael Bennett’s Press Conference Ended in the Most Heartbreaking Way

The Seahawks star was threatened by the Las Vegas police two weeks ago.

NFL star and outspoken national anthem protestor Michael Bennett came forward this week and revealed that while he was in Las Vegas for the Mayweather-McGregor fight, police officers pinned him down and threaten to shoot him. What did Bennett do? He ran away from the sound of gunshots. And if you’re thinking to yourself, “Well, that’s not a crime, why would cops do that?”—I’d like to remind you that Bennett was running away from the gunshots while being black.

Yesterday, Bennett published a heartbreaking open letter about the experience and just how painful it was and what it means in the context of where we are as a nation at this moment. He also announced that he will be exploring taking further legal action against the police. After this bombshell, I was eager to hear what Bennett would say in his media availability. It turned out that what he had to say was just as painful and affecting as the letter he wrote.

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The Seahawks star was threatened by the Las Vegas police two weeks ago.

NFL star and outspoken national anthem protestor Michael Bennett came forward this week and revealed that while he was in Las Vegas for the Mayweather-McGregor fight, police officers pinned him down and threaten to shoot him. What did Bennett do? He ran away from the sound of gunshots. And if you’re thinking to yourself, “Well, that’s not a crime, why would cops do that?”—I’d like to remind you that Bennett was running away from the gunshots while being black.

Yesterday, Bennett published a heartbreaking open letter about the experience and just how painful it was and what it means in the context of where we are as a nation at this moment. He also announced that he will be exploring taking further legal action against the police. After this bombshell, I was eager to hear what Bennett would say in his media availability. It turned out that what he had to say was just as painful and affecting as the letter he wrote.

Bennett was addressing a reporter who wondered how this incident hammers home an idea Bennett had previously talked about how no matter what he does on the field, he’s still a black man in America and some people will judge him just based on that. Now, it’s obviously not the best question as the incident is literally just a perfect encapsulation of that point Bennett had previously made, but in trying to talk about the connection and especially in trying to talk about how he discusses these issues with his daughters Bennett lost his words.

It was an emotional moment and an excellent reminder for some of the more hard-hearted out in the world that these issues aren’t just political footballs. Kaepernick and Bennett and Lynch and others who protest the anthem aren’t doing it as some theoretical argument. They are reacting to real events that are affecting black men and women and boys and girls every day. This isn’t just some thing to argue about on Fox News. It’s lives.