Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is one of four players to endorse a memo to the NFL asking for support of their social activism, according to a report from Yahoo.com.
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett is one of four NFL players to endorse a 10-page memo sent to league commissioner Roger Goodell asking for “overt league support” in their campaigns for racial equality and criminal-justice reform “including an endorsement for an activism awareness month,” according to a report Wednesday night from Yahoo.com.
The other players reported to have endorsed the memo are two Philadelphia Eagles players, safety Malcolm Jenkins and receiver Torrey Smith, and former Buffalo Bills receiver Anquan Boldin (the letter reportedly was sent before Boldin recently retired.)
According to the Yahoo story, the memo “was sent to Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent in August, requesting wide-ranging involvement in their movement from the NFL. The memo seeks an investment of time and education, political involvement, finances and other commitments from the league. It also sought to have the NFL endorse the month of November as an activism awareness month, similar to the periods of league calendar dedicated to breast cancer awareness and military recognition.”
The story noted that this month the NFL released a statement strongly backing Bennett after he claimed he was a victim of police misconduct and racial profiling when he was briefly held as a possible suspect in a reported Las Vegas casino shooting (Bennett was released, and police later said there was no shooting) and that “that statement could be seen as the commissioner embracing the players’ request for support in highlighting racial inequality and social justice issues.”
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The Yahoo story notes Bennett and the other players would not comment on the letter.
Bennett has been increasingly involved in social activism, including sitting for the national anthem since the beginning of the season.
During Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field, Bennett responded after a sack by raising his right fist in a Black Power salute instead of his usual sack dance. He later tweeted an explanation.