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Colin Kaepernick, Sue Bird, and other athletes express solidarity with Michael Bennett

Colin Kaepernick, WNBA legend Sue Bird, tennis champion Martina Navritalova, NFL safety Eric Reid, Olympian and civil rights icon John Carlos, and U.S. soccer great Megan Rapinoe were among an esteemed group of athletes and activists on Wednesday to publicly offer their support and solidarity to Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who has faced immense backlash in the past week since publicly accusing the Las Vegas Police Department of racially profiling him and treating him with excessive force.

“Since Bennett publicized his encounter with the LVMPD, a spokesperson for the police has confirmed that it is conducting an investigation of Bennett to determine ‘whether Mr. Bennett was involved in the altercation at the hotel casino prior to his detention on Las Vegas Boulevard,’” the letter, which was originally published on The Nation, says. “This is clearly an act of retaliation against Bennett for speaking out against police brutality. It is also a gesture of intimidation against anyone else who would dare challenge the right of the Las Vegas police department to act with impunity. This is unacceptable.” …

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