Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL are currently in the process of trying to convince players to stand for the National Anthem, something every single player hasn’t done since probably the end of the 2015 season.
Michael Bennett believes one key component to get players to stand for the Anthem is to get Colin Kaepernick on a squad.
“I got to talk to the players in the owners meeting,” Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett told reporters on Wednesday. “I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation is to make sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think before we even negotiate anything about whether we sit or whether we stand, should be a negotiation about opening up the doors for Colin Kaepernick and give him an opportunity again, because I feel like through everything that’s been lost, I think all of us are having opportunities to be able to speak to our employers, but to think about the guy who started everything not to be able to have a voice at this moment, it just doesn’t seem very right to me.”
There were rumors that when Kaepernick’s name came up during the Owners meeting in New York, an impromptu bathroom break happened really quickly.
“I think it was brought up,” Bennett said regarding Kaepernick’s status, “but I think they didn’t really get deep into it, but I think it’s something like I said that there needs to be a deep conversation, and we need to find a solution about that. Whether they say, ‘This is what’s happening, he’s not going to play again,’ or whether they open their doors up, but I think there needs to be some kind of resolution to what’s going on.”
The Seattle Seahawks defensive reiterated once again that the Anthem issue can’t be fully resolved until Kaepernick gets a second shot in the league.
“I don’t think we can work alongside of them until we address that issue,” Bennett said, adding that he believes all players agree on that. “I think the issue of Kaepernick is the start to a conversation if they want us to be open to what they want, the dialogue, then that’s something that needs to be on the table right there.”
Kaepernick securing a job got that much harder after he filed a grievance against NFL owners, accusing them of colluding against him to keep him out of the league.