National Anthem Protest could be coming to Lambeau Field

Michael Bennett will file civil rights lawsuit

Green Bay - Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett claims he was assaulted by police following the Mayweather-McGregor fight in Las Vegas on August 26.

It solicited an emotional response from his brother Martellus Bennett, one of the newest members of the Green Bay Packers who was thankful that his brother wasn't hurt during the incident.

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett will be on the opposite sideline from his brother when the Packers host the Seahawks on Sunday in both teams season opener, one that could be the first time an NFL player sits during the National Anthem at Lambeau Field.

Michael Bennett has sat in protest during the anthem before, something Colin Kaepernick started to stand against racial inequality and the justice system in regards to how African-Americans are treated in the United States.

"For me looking at the world right now I just think there is a lack of empathy," said Martellus Bennett in a press conference on Wednesday. "I think a lot of people are uncomfortable talking about the things going on in the world whether it is racism, people marching or the dreamers."

Bennett went on to say that it is conversation that needs to be had, so Local 5 talked with people and found there are many different opinions on the issue.

"I feel it is very disrespectful to dishonor our flag and our country by not standing for the National Anthem," said Mike Pishock a U.S. Air Force Veteran who did three tours in the Gulf War. "With the exposure athletes have to everybody in our country I feel there are many others ways to show their protest."

This isn't the first time that athletes have protested racial inequality, Diana Burda remembers the protest at the 1968 Olympics where gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos raised their fist in protest while the Star Spangled Banner played.

"It was kind of a slap in your face in a way, but after it was done it made an impression on me," said Burda. "They certainly had something to protest about which to this day still continues and they have the freedom of speech."

Martellus Bennett has said that his decision on what he will do will be spur of the moment, in addition Coach Mike McCarthy gave all the Packers a presentation of the history and importance of the flag.

Note - The video will be removed within 24 hours because of licensing agreement with the NFL.


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