Outspoken Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was a guest on “The Breakfast Club” radio show on Tuesday, and, naturally, he was asked about all of the items that have made the news of late.
First, he was asked if he was disappointed the Seahawks opted not to sign Colin Kaepernick as their backup quarterback. Bennett had been an advocate for the signing, believing Kaepernick could be a strong, respected voice in the locker room.
“Of course. I thought Kap would be a good player on our team. I wish he would have signed with us because we would have had a good backup quarterback, after Russell Wilson,” Bennett responded. “I think he’s a really good quarterback. I love sacking him, but it would be cool for him to be on the same team as us.”
Kaepernick remains a free agent after he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following the 2016 season. The quarterback made headlines last year when he chose to sit and then kneel during the playing of the national anthem ahead of games. Some have speculated that the protest led teams to conspire to keep him off the field.
“Of course I think Kaepernick’s being blackballed,” Bennett said. “Nobody likes race and politics in sports. I think that’s one of the things that nobody really wants to talk about and for him to bring up race and politics in sports, I think it struck a lot of people in the wrong way.”
The other major storyline surrounding the Seahawks this offseason was a perceived division between the team’s defense and offense, and particularly quarterback Russell Wilson. Bennett was asked if reports characterized the locker room dynamic accurately.
“I don’t hate Russell Wilson. He’s invited me to his house. (We’ve) had fried chicken,” he said with a laugh. “I ain’t have the sweet potatoes because it was too fancy, but other than that, it was good.”
Listen to the full interview here.
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