Justin Britt backs teammate Michael Bennett during National Anthem protests

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Lebanon High School graduate and current Seattle Seahawks starting center Justin Britt (68) puts his arm on teammate Michael Bennett’s shoulder during National Anthem before a preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Former Lebanon High School standout and current Seattle Seahawks starting center Justin Britt showed his support to teammate Michael Bennett during the National Anthem on Friday night in a preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Britt placed his hand on Bennett’s shoulder, who has sat two consecutive weeks during the Star-Spangled Banner. Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also stood in front of Bennett during the anthem. Over the last year, NFL players have sat during the National Anthem before games in the name of racial equality.

In an interview with Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle, Bennett said it was very touching for him to have the support from Britt.

“It was very touching for me, a very emotional moment to have that kind of solidarity from someone like Justin Britt who’s a known leader in our locker room, and who’s from a different part of America from me,” Bennett said. “To be able to have that solidarity and be able to have somebody who’s behind me and know somebody I really trust, and to be able to see him put everything on the line to support one of his teammates, that was a very special moment and an emotional moment. For me, it was very touching, and I’m very thankful to be able to have somebody in my corner like that, and I’m appreciative of him.”

After the game in an interview, Britt mentioned that he wants to support what Bennett is standing for and his beliefs.

“I wanted to support him,” Britt said. “I want to support what he’s standing for and his beliefs. I’m not foolish; I’m from Missouri, I get things are different in that area than in some other areas. I’m not against what the flag means and veterans—my dad was in the Army—so I’m not putting any disrespect to them. I’m just trying to understand the issues, trying to educate myself more in that regard, and show support.

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