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Seahawks players create equality and justice fund

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and center Justin Britt (68) walk to the field with arms linked after the national anthem had been played before an NFL football game between the Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Neither team was present on the field for the playing of the anthem. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks players announced Friday that they are launching a fund to support education and leadership programs to address equality and justice, according to the fund's website.

The Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund was created in an effort to "create lasting change and build a more compassionate and inclusive society," according to the webpage.

The fund, part of Seattle Foundation, comes after the Seahawks chose to stay in the locker room during the national anthem to protest racial injustice before Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

Defensive end Michael Bennett has sat during the national anthem during all four preseason games and the two prior games of the regular season. He announced earlier this month that he had been singled out because of race in August by the Las Vegas Police.

The Seahawks player said he was assaulted and threatened at gunpoint by police during a chaotic incident in Las Vegas last month "for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

On Friday, Las Vegas Police said in a press conference that the officers did what they were trained to do during the situation.

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