Updated with quotes at the bottom.
Perhaps the bigger news was Britt’s decision Friday to stand by Michael Bennett while he sat out of National Anthem ahead of the Seahawks’ preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Here's Seattle OL Justin Britt standing with his hand on the shoulder of Michael Bennett who kneeled during the National Anthem today. pic.twitter.com/9mEPZ9ZFN6— Osᴄᴀʀ Gᴀᴍʙʟᴇ™ (@OscarGambler) August 19, 2017
The Seattle Times reports that Bennett “was joined at least symbolically” by Britt, who stood with his hand on Bennett’s shoulder through the National Anthem. Michael Bennett told NFL.com during the pregame (transcribed from NFL broadcast):
“I’m hoping that I can activate everybody to get off their hands and feet and go out into the communities push helping each other, push ... sit down with somebody who’s the opposite sex, somebody that’s the opposite race, different religion and understand that people are different and go out and join the community and try to change their society and change what you’re a part of. If you don’t like it keep changing it. Realize, let kids know that they got power.
Yesterday, Bennett told ESPN it would take a white player joining him to “get things changed,”:
"It would take a white player to really get things changed," Bennett said Wednesday on ESPN's SC6, "because when somebody from the other side understands and they step up and they speak up about it ... it would change the whole conversation. Because when you bring somebody who doesn't have to be a part of [the] conversation making himself vulnerable in front of it, I think when that happens, things will really take a jump."
Bennett sat during the Seahawks’ preseason game Sunday stating this past weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia keyed his decision.
Bennett has stated he plans to continue sitting out the anthem through the entire 2017 season.
UPDATE: Britt explained his support to the media after the game.
“It was something me and my wife talked about and discussed, and we both wanted to show support to Mike,” said Britt, a native of Lebanon, Mo. “I talked to him before, made sure it was all right with him, and of course it was. I feel like what I did, I believe in it, and I’m going to continue to educate myself and try to understand why things are going on.”
"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are"— Justin Britt (@JustinBritt68) August 19, 2017
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Added Britt: “I want to support him. I want to support what he’s standing for and his beliefs. I’m not foolish. I’m from Missouri. I get things are different in that area than it is in some other areas. I’m not against what the flag means and veterans. My dad was in the Army. I’m not putting any disrespect to them. I’m just trying to understand the issues, trying to educate myself more in that regard and showing support. I’m going to continue to understand what’s going on in the world and why it’s happening, because none of it’s right. None of it is what should be happening. I’m going to continue talking with Mike and exploring and just helping myself understand things. I’m wanted to take a first step tonight, and that’s what I felt I did.”