Michael Bennett stood for the National Anthem for the first time in three years

Michael Bennett stood for the National Anthem for the first time in three years

Last night, NFL star Michael Bennett stood for the National Anthem for the first time in three years.

Prior to finally standing ahead of the Cowboys debut against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, the sportsman had been refusing to acknowledge the US national anthem to highlight social justice and police brutality issues since 2016.

In the video below, Bennett said that he will not stand for the National Anthem until there is equality in the US:

He told CBS Sports in 2017: "I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation is to make sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL."

"I think before we even negotiate anything about whether we sit or whether we stand should be a negotiation about opening up the doors for Colin Kaepernick and give him an opportunity again, because I feel like, through everything that's been lost, I think all of us are having opportunities to be able to speak to our employers, but to think about the guy who started everything not to be able to have a voice at this moment, it just doesn’t seem very right to me."

Michael Bennett on the field. Credit: PA Images

Prior to being transferred to the Cowboys earlier in 2019, the defensive end had refused to stand for the National Anthem while playing for the Eagles and Patriots, opting to stay in the locker room instead. But as part of Bennett's transfer to the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones insisted that the 33-year-old would stand.

"I'm satisfied that, in Michael, we've got a player who knows how we do it here with the Cowboys," Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, The Star-Telegram reported.

Cowboys Jason Garrett reiterated Jones' words, saying, "We anticipate him doing what all of our players do. We don't anticipate that being an issue."

Michael Bennett protesting. Credit: PA Images

Bennett is pictured above sitting on the bench during the National Anthem while playing for the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.

In last night's game, Dallas went on to defeat New York, 37-18.