A cross-section of national and international figures from inside and outside the athletic world joined to publicly support the Seahawks’ Michael Bennett on Wednesday, for his protests against racial injustice and in his conflicts with the Las Vegas police after he described his brutal treatment by them last month.
One of those who coordinated the statement said Bennett greatly appreciated the embrace from the list of supporters �� and badly needed to see it when he did.
He’s really excited that so many of his heroes have stepped out for him in his hour of need, Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle high school teacher, activist and close friend of and collaborator with Bennett, told Sporting News. He’s dealing with anxiety from having his life threatened by the police in Las Vegas and from their attempts to smear his reputation afterward.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reiterated on WJR-AM Radio in Detroit on Monday that he knew the 10-second runoff rule and once he realized it was being reviewed, he knew it would be the ballgame either way. He also had no issues with the play that was called.
This is a play that is designed to get in the end zone, Stafford said. I love the call. I thought it was a great call. Nine-point-nine times out of 10 we’re getting in and scoring. It just didn’t happen for us on that play.
Stafford also said the Lions practice getting final plays off fast for situations like this — not reviews, but being down. He said that had the Lions gotten one more play, he thinks it would have been easiest for them to keep it in pass mode. He felt Detroit could have gotten a play off, but, you know, that’s the rule.