NEW YORK (AP) — Athletes and activists together with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick confirmed their help Wednesday for Seattle Seahawks defensive finish Michael Bennett, who says he was subjected to racially motivated extreme drive by Las Vegas police final month.
Kaepernick and others together with soccer participant Megan Rapinoe, actor Jesse Williams and Black Lives Matter co-founders Opal Tometti and Patrice Khan-Cullors all signed on to the assertion of solidarity, which comes after Bennett stated final week he was held at gunpoint and handcuffed by officers who have been looking for what they believed was an lively shooter at a Las Vegas Strip on line casino late final month as a result of he was a black man.
The participant has been a pacesetter of nationwide anthem protests by gamers at NFL video games, which have been began by Kaepernick.
Las Vegas police deny race performed a task, and stated officers reported that after most different on line casino patrons had evacuated, Bennett emerged from behind a playing machine, ran out an exit, and did not cease for officers chasing him.
Within the letter, Bennett’s supporters stated, “Michael Bennett has been sitting in the course of the anthem exactly to boost these problems with racist injustice that at the moment are an intimate a part of his life. Now we stand with him.”
The letter additionally criticized the Las Vegas police union, which requested the Nationwide Soccer League to research Bennett’s accusations in a letter that stated, “Whereas the NFL might condone Bennett’s disrespect for our American flag, and all the things it symbolizes, we hope the league won’t ignore Bennett’s false accusations towards our cops.”
The NFL stated there was no foundation for an investigation.
Different signers of the solidarity letter embrace athletes like former basketball gamers Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Craig Hodges, and Etan Thomas, tennis nice Martina Navratilova, Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, and teachers Cornel West, Imani Perry and Eddie Glaude Jr.
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