Other NFL players are following Colin Kaepernick's lead after he began sitting out the national anthem before games last season.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat out the national anthem at a pre-season game and informed that he will do so all season long.

Bennett said his decision was influenced by the white supremacist riots in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. However, the NFL player has been vocal on political issues for over a year.


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"I hope that I can activate everybody to get off their hands and feet and go out into the communities and push helping each other," he said on Sunday. "Sit down with somebody that's the opposite sex, sit down with somebody that's the opposite race, different religion and understand that people are different and go out and join the community and try to change the society, change what you're a part of. If you don't like it, keep changing it."

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch joined the trend, sitting and eating a banana while the anthem played last weekend. 

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said he doesn't agree with Lynch's decision, but wouldn't take any action. 

"I said, 'So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm gonna respect you as a man. You do your thing, OK, and we’ll do ours,'" Del Rio said after the game. 

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, remains unemployed this season, partly as a result of the controversy he caused.

Supporters of Kaepernick have accused the NFL owners of "blackballing" him because of his political views. A rally organized by civil rights groups is scheduled for next week outside NFL headquarters in New York.


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