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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett wants to meet with Trump after call for NFL to fire protesters

Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls and Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt stand with Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett as he sits during the national anthem. The Seattle Seahawks played the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle's home opener at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls and Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt stand with Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett as he sits during the national anthem. The Seattle Seahawks played the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle's home opener at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. jbessex@gateline.com

After President Donald Trump’s call to fire NFL players who protest during the national anthem, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett said he’d like to meet with Trump face-to-face.

Bennett was one of several players protesting before Trump made his comments Friday at a rally in Alabama.

On Sunday, more than 200 NFL players knelt during the anthem.

The Seahawks decided as a team to stay in the locker room Sunday at Tennessee.

Bennett went on CNN Monday and told Anderson Cooper he’d like to discuss the message behind their protests with the president.

“I can’t sit here and say that he’s not my president, he’s not that, because at the end of the day he is the President of the United States, and for him to say it’s a privilege and we shouldn’t speak on what we believe in because we’re making money, I mean he was a rich man, too, and all of a sudden he’s speaking on what he believes in, and he still stood up for what he believes in and he’s the President of the United States, so what makes him different from us?”

Bennett said he’d like to speak with Trump about social injustice and “talk about these issues and be able to find a way to fix them.”

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin also appeared on CNN Monday to discuss the team’s decision to remain in the locker room.

“I’m a firm believer that you have to stand or sit for what you believe,” he said on CNN. “That’s what makes our country great.”

“If you see the flag, and you see oppression when you look at the flag, then stand up. Do something about it. … I think what we’re misinterpreting is the people taking a knee, that feel the need to protest, that’s exactly what they’re doing. They are being courageous — they are putting themselves out there and being vulnerable.”

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