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Ahead of the past Thursday Night Football contest (Nov. 9) between the visiting Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals, defensive star Michael Bennett hinted that he and the team would be standing in unison. Bennett, who had been protesting the National Anthem regarding police reform and the need for social equality, stood with players for the first time this season to honor the military.

CBS Sports reports:

“It was to signify that we are all with the military, and that we love them,” Bennett told Greg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. “There’s been this narrative that we don’t care about the military. Today, we were honoring the military, so we wanted to be able to honor the military.

“I know a lot of people did not expect us to stand. They have this narrative about us that is not true. I have a lot of family that were military. It’s never been about the military. If there is an opportunity to support them and be grateful for what they do, and the sacrifices, we want to be able to do that.”

Moments earlier, Bennett told reporters, “We want to show gratitude for the men and women who serve this country. Today was one of those times we were able to show our support for them, what they do for us, how they sacrifice for their families. That’s what it was about.”

Bennett says he will stand with the team again on Nov. 20 when the Seahawks host the Atlanta Falcons for its “Salute to Service” game.

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