Well, that depends on who you ask. It is no secret that Bennett and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman have differing perspectives regarding Black Lives Matter. Sherman has caught flak for his reluctance to fully support the movement, but defended his All Lives Matter stance in a recent interview with ESPNs The Undefeated. The thing is, this isnt necessarily about whos right or wrong. This is about two Pro Bowlers advancing a conversation in a way seldom seen in sports today. As Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Saturday: People think very differently about all of the things that have been going on, and thats a good thing. Bennett was bang-on when he said that athletes are reticent on certain matters because they fear financial loss. The safe route is to shut up, take the endorsement checks and count the money the way Michael Jordan did for years. But there are exponentially more millionaires in the world than there are people with a star athletes platform. Why sacrifice something so rare? When kids say they want me to be their role model, I always ask them why? They say its because you play so great on the field, but I tell them thats a terrible reason to have a role model, Bennett said. When young kids look up to me, I want them to be like, Man, this is a guy thats pushing for everything. Two quick side notes: 1) Not all athletes should feel obligated to take public stances simply because they are famous.
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