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Cowboys' Bennett Standing For Anthem, But Not Because Of Jones

Cowboys DE Michael Bennett said that his decision to stand during the National Anthem since being traded to the team is a "result of him adhering to the wishes of his new Cowboys teammates, who asked him to come on the field with them, rather than a brokered deal" with Owner Jerry Jones, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM. Bennett has "heard the criticisms of people who are now trying to question him and his motives." In '18, Bennett published a book titled, "Things That Make White People Uncomfortable." In the book he discusses "racism and police violence, black athletes and their relationship to powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL, the role of protest in history, and the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice." He is also in discussions with the NFL about "teaching a class on racism at an Ivy League school." So, standing for the anthem "won't change his activism." Bennett said, "This doesn't take away what I have done" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/12). Bennett said that his trade to the Cowboys did "not include a conversation" with Jones regarding standing for the anthem (ESPN.com, 11/11).

NOT STANDING STILL: In Dallas, Calvin Watkins notes Bennett during the National Anthem is "on the sidelines, not standing at attention, like most of his teammates." He seems like an "uninterested party as the anthem is being played." Sunday night, Bennett "stood near the bench, towel draped over his shoulders with two cups of water in his hand, walking back and forth." He "doesn't think whether he stays in the locker room or on the sidelines should make a difference" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/12).