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.