Cowboys Made Michael Bennett Agree To Stand For National Anthem Before Signing

NFL player Michael Bennett is expected to stand for the National Anthem now that he's playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Arlington, TX – Now that the National Football League’s (NFL) Michael Bennett is playing for the Dallas Cowboys, he’ll be required to stand on the sidelines during the National Anthem with the rest of his team

The Dallas Cowboys acquired Bennett on Oct. 24 in a trade with the New England Patriots, the Dallas Morning News reported.

But before the deal was completed, the 33-year-old defensive lineman and the Cowboys reached an understanding about how he would behave when the Star Spangled Banner played in stadiums before games.

Bennett had to agree to stand on the sidelines in order to join the team, the Dallas Morning News reported.

“We’re excited to have him here as a player,” Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett said. “We anticipate him doing what all of our players do.”

Bennett stayed in the locker room for the playing of the National Anthem while he was with the Patriots earlier this season, according to the Dallas Morning News.

He also stayed in the locker room last season when he was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bennett has vocally supported former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against law enforcement that began when Kaepernick took a knee on the field during the National Anthem during the 2016 season.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addressed Bennett’s history of anti-police protests during an interview on Tuesday on KRLD radio.

“I’m satisfied that, in Michael, we’ve got a player who knows how we do it here with the Cowboys,” Jones said.

In September of 2017, Bennett was one of four NFL players who submitted a 10-page memo to the league asking to make November a month to protest police.

That same month, he released a statement claiming to have been racially-profiled by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) while in a casino in 2017.

Bennett said officers singled him out because he was black when police responded to a casino for a report of an active shooter.

LVMPD responded by releasing bodycam and surveillance videos that showed most of the NFL player’s allegations were untrue and that he had, in fact, been surrounded by other black men when he claimed he was singled-out by police.

The videos showed Bennett crouching and appearing to hide from the police, and then sprinting outside and jumping into traffic.

Bennett was briefly detained by officers and released as soon the police determined there was no active shooter.

In March of 2018, the football player was indicted by a grand jury on one count of intentional injury to the elderly after he was accused of knocking over a paraplegic employee working at Super Bowl LI.

Police said that on Feb. 5, 2017, Bennett traveled to Houston to cheer for his brother, Marcellus Bennett, who played for the New England Patriots.

At the time, Michael Bennett had just been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles by the Seattle Seahawks.

After the Patriots won the game, fans attempted to swarm the field and were held back by NRG Stadium’s security team.

Bennett was told to use a different entrance for access to the field but he shoved his way through security and onto the field, KHOU reported.

In the process of pushing his way through security, it was alleged that Bennett injured a 66-year-old paraplegic woman working with the team.

The Harris County district attorney, who is notoriously anti-police herself, announced her decision to drop the charges against Bennett on April 3 despite the grand jury indictment.

A spokesman for the district attorney said that after careful review of videos of the incident, prosecutors did not believe they had enough evidence to merit moving forward with the case.

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wonder what will happen the first time he decides he no longer wants to stand for the national anthem....

also, "The Harris County district attorney, who is notoriously anti-police herself, announced her decision to drop the charges against Bennett on April 3 despite the grand jury indictment.

A spokesman for the district attorney said that after careful review of videos of the incident, prosecutors did not believe they had enough evidence to merit moving forward with the case." So the DAs office did all the work to take the case to the grand jury, had enough evidence to get the indictment, and then suddenly drops the case citing insufficient evidence.... has anyone checked for bank account to see if she deposited her payoff in her checking or savings account?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Thank you Mr, Jones and thank you Texas!! Seems Mr. Bennett still likes his all american money more than anything else!! F••king overpaid piece of sh•t liberal athlete!!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Just start fining players $1,000,000 per event each time they kneel or stay in the locker room or protest the national anthem in any way. And lets see how strong their beliefs are. Ignorance is a terrible thing. And people being taught a leftist revisionist history is even worse. EVERY nation has bad things in its past. Not EVERYTHING was bad either. I wonder if South Americans walk around every day worrying about their slavery history? They've had far more slaves than us. Or Africa? Or other countries? I wonder if Germans walk around being shamed and called out by the Jews in their country?

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

There are so many corrupt DA's.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

This subject disturbs me in many ways. I am an amateur historian and have written and published one book on Pearl Harbor, and am working on a second book. The point is, over 450,000 Americans died fighting during the war, and over 60 million people died, mostly civilians, and a good argument can be made that our flag was there, especially visible at the battle of Iwo Jima. Some American warriors may have had that in their mind, defending the flag, the flag to others may have been a symbol of what side they were fighting and dying for, but either way, it honors the flag and makes their sacrifice an honor to our country. These wealthy, spoiled brats, paid beyond their worth, now are disrespectful to that flag for today's political-cultural subplots, not of their own, but by following the leader without an understanding of their concepts. Such concepts are false, made-up for TV, and showtime, and insult thousands of Warriors that did the real fight, not sack some QB and get up and beat their chest like King Kong, while being a mouse regarding the scope of today's real issues. Just take the money and run, but shut up, no cares about your whining. We fans pay big money to see a game, A GAME, not see or hear your politics, YOU ARE ON THE JOB, protest out of the stadium on your own time, not ours!

Walker10
Walker10

I’m sorry but there is way too much drama with this guy already.

RPG156
RPG156

The Cowboys (Jerry Jones) has a long history or hiring players that he believes will help the team, but end up being a distraction at best and in most cases, a major disruption that can only be corrected with a trade at a loss.... He needs an intervention.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another entitled, racist, police hating, underworked, overpaid, so called "athlete"., member of the National Felon League!☹👎😝

Lochemet
Lochemet

When I read the beginning of the article that Bennett was signed on condition that he would stand for the National Anthem, etc., I thought, good for the Cowboys. But as I continued reading the article and read about Bennett's thug history, have we no shame? With his history of acting like a criminal the Cowboys take him anyway. It's sad to see that it doesn't matter whether you have integrity, whether you may be a good role model, that you have something of character to bring to the team, it's still all about the money and bringing players who PLAY good, but act like shmucks. So, Bennett will stand for the National Anthem on the outside, but for sure on the inside he is still sitting. It's just for show in the end.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Oh I yearn for the day when NO ONE shows up for a game. Wouldn't that be something and my oh my......wouldn't that be a statement from the American people.....no one to cheer on many who's conduct is deplorable. Why don't their team mates shrug them off. Sometimes I wonder what others think of their teammates behavior.

61mouse
61mouse

What happens if he doesn't ??

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Very noble to agree to do as the rest of the TEAM does. A lot more noble than, say, injuring the elderly disabled. Amazing what a squillion dollars can inspire in a man!

investigator
investigator

I'm sorry that Jones hired him......I lost a lot of respect for him. This POS thug injured a disabled person....wants to make an entire month a protest against cops and hates the Flag. So you want THAT representing your team??? Pitiful.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

No more NFL nor NBA for me. I’ve already stopped wasting my time supporting those leagues.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Another POS

Refuse to watch the NFL anymore

Enough is enough

Take a stand

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Gee now they have to be “paid” to stand

How much $$$$ did that cost??

Pathetic

observer1
observer1

The 2 biggest mistakes our country has made, by far, are Vietnam and slavery. They should have picked their cotton. In Nam we interfered in a civil war and lost thousands for nothing and here we lost thousands to help blacks and today many of them don't appreciate the great sacrifice that was made to free them.

skipk1962
skipk1962

Michael Bennett is a thug and a liar, always has been. The least he can do is stand and show some respect for a country that continues to support his sorry POS A**