Michael Bennett has told Patriots he plans on staying in locker room during national anthem

Ryan Hannable
March 12, 2019 - 8:59 am
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Michael Bennett officially isn't a member of the Patriots, but it appears he and the organization are on the same page when it comes to the national anthem.

Speaking via ESPN at Princeton Monday night, Bennett said he's told the Patriots he plans on staying in the locker room during the anthem.

“I explained to them that my integrity means everything,” Bennett said. “I think they respect that about me, they respect who I am as an individual.”

This was a major issue during the 2017 season with players kneeling on the field, but wasn't much of a storyline this past year as President Trump backed off his criticisms of the players in the league. In 2017, the Patriots all stood together on the sideline locking arms.

Bennett also said the Patriots have been trying to trade for him for multiple years.

"The Patriots have been trying to trade for me for two years," he said. "Last year they tried to get me, the year before they tried to get me."

The veteran will be in Foxboro Tuesday for a physical and then with the new league year beginning Wednesday afternoon, that is when the trade can become official.

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