There are mixed emotions among 12s about Michael Bennett and I have never really understood why. Yes, Bennett never shied away from speaking his thoughts out loud about sports and society in general but Bennett also was never a cancer in the locker room. Even when other players complained about the treatment Russell Wilson seemed to get, Bennett stood behind Wilson.
Yes, Bennett was one of the first Seahawks to join in in a silent protest during the national anthem in 2016 when he would sit on the bench instead of standing up. But as far as I know, no player on the team was vocally upset about this.
But Michael Bennett also was the player who after Seattle made a miracle comeback against the Packers in the 2015 NFC Championship game got on a bicycle on the field and rode it around. The joy that Bennett had in reacting to Seattle’s victory was childlike in the best way. Every 12 understood that kind of happiness at that same moment. It was a brilliant moment.
Bennett later wrote a book called Things That Make White People Uncomfortable which is pure Bennett. Yes, the title implies some kind of critique of society and to some degree it is but it is so much more than that. It is pure Bennett: Poignant and funny at the same time.