FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gestures from the sideline in the rain during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle. Carroll has been studying Dick LeBeau since he went into coaching himself, and now the Seattle head coach finds himself facing off again against the defensive coordinator now with the Tennessee Titans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has responded to President Donald Trump's suggestion that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. Trump also encouraged spectators to walk out in protest.
"In this incredibly polarizing time, there’s no longer a place to sit silently. It’s time to take a stand. We stand for love and justice and civility. We stand for our players and their constitutional rights, just as we stand for equality for all people. We stand against divisiveness and hate and dehumanization. We are in the midst of a tremendously challenging time, a time longing for healing. Change needs to happen; we will stand for change. May we all have the courage to take a stand for our beliefs while not diminishing the rights of others as this is the beating heart of our democracy. As a team, we are united in a mission to bring people together to help create positive change. We can no longer remain silent. I will stand with our players."
"My mom is a beautiful lady she has never been a (expletive)," Bennett wrote.
His response comes after Trump said, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a (expletive) off the field right now. Out! He's fired."