As the married father of three daughters, DE Michael Bennett took offense to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s video comments about women that were considered sexual assault.
RENTON — Never at a loss for an opinion, Seahawks DE Michael Bennett was not pleased with what he heard from Donald Trump on the NBC video released Friday that included remarks that were widely considered sexual assault against women, for which the Republican candidate for the presidency later apologized.
“As a parent (of three daughters), I was irate,” Bennett said after the team practiced for the first time Monday following a bye week. “I don’t even know if that’s locker-room talk. That was kind of crazy to be talking about a woman like that. Women are so important . . . without a woman, we wouldn’t be here. Can’t disrespect a woman at all, with all the things going on.”
Bennett didn’t agree with Trump’s initial characterization of his crude remarks as merely locker room talk:
“I don’t think anyone goes out of his way to disrespect a woman in that type of way; because of the situation where, because you’re a superstar, you can get away with it. That’s not true. You’ve got to treat people right and treat women with respect.”
Bennett was on a plane Sunday and did not see the presidential debate, but heard about it among his teammates.
“I think the debate is a conversation around the whole world,” he said, “because everybody wants to know what’s going on. Lots of racism and things going on.”
Asked whether progress was being made in the campaign to increase awareness of police treatment of African Americans, he said, “I think athletes are doing a great job of doing what they can do to try to make a change. Showing people what we’re doing and trying to get a response, to be a part of it.
“Everybody is paying attention to the debates, and everybody on the team is talking about it, and we all want to do our part.”
Regarding football, Bennett found something to be pleased with: a fine of $24,309 levied by the NFL against OL Brian Winters, who head-butted Bennett after a play in the second quarter of the Seahawks’ 27-17 win over the Jets.
Winters came up alongside and lunged his helmeted head at Bennett, who seemed to take a glancing blow. But it was enough for Winters to give himself a concussion that forced him from the game and drew a 15-yard penalty that stalled the Jets’ drive.
“That’s how you know I’m made of iron,” Bennett said, grinning. “He tried to hit me and he got a concussion. My wife likes that.”
Tuesday Bennett will take part in a ceremony at Safeco Field that honors 150 service men and women from Marine Security Forces Battalion at the Bangor nuclear submarine base on Hood Canal.
The Seahawks have “adopted” the unit, and will supply a 12 flag as the unit has a change of command.
“My Dad was in the Navy for 10 years; I love working with troops,” Bennett said. “They do so much for us for the freedoms we get.”