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Michael Bennett sits again during anthem — with Seahawks teammate again at his side

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, left, sits during the singing of the national anthem as center Justin Britt, right, stands next to him before NFL football preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Seattle.
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, left, sits during the singing of the national anthem as center Justin Britt, right, stands next to him before NFL football preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Seattle. AP

Michael Bennett continued his three-week-old protest of treatment of minorities in this country by sitting during the national anthem.

And as he did last week, Seahawks teammate Justin Britt, one of the team’s most-accomplished white players, stood at the Pro Bowl defensive end’s left on Friday night. Britt had his right hand on Bennett’s left shoulder in the same sign of support, before Seattle hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in the third preseason game at CenturyLink Field.

Last week after Britt, the team’s starting center and native of Missouri who just got a $27 million contract extension said this of supporting Bennett’s protest against racial and social injustice: “I am going to try and understand what is going on in the world, and why it is happening. None of it is right. None of it is what should be happening.

“I wanted to take the first step (last week), and I felt like I did.”

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