Martellus Bennett calls ‘bulls–t’ on Aaron Rodgers call for solidarity

Aaron Rodgers drew praise for his Instagram post that most observers saw as an indirect shot at Drew Brees for his take on players kneeling during the national anthem. Martellus Bennett, however, took issue with Rodgers, whom he played with for seven games in 2017 on the Green Bay Packers. Bennett, the retired tight end, …

Aaron Rodgers drew praise for his Instagram post that most observers saw as an indirect shot at Drew Brees for his take on players kneeling during the national anthem. Martellus Bennett, however, took issue with Rodgers, whom he played with for seven games in 2017 on the Green Bay Packers.

Bennett, the retired tight end, quote-tweeted an old Rodgers quote in which the superstar quarterback said of his teammates kneeling: “They have a battle for racial equality. That’s what they’re trying to get a conversation started about.”

“Doesn’t sound like an ally sounds like a spectator,” Bennett tweeted.

“So miss me with that bulls–t,” he followed up with. “Show me one. I don’t want to see y’all paint these dudes as white saviors that were always speaking up. It’s just not true. I was there. He saw what I went thru while protesting in Green Bay. And protesting in Wisconsin is a wild experience.”

Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback, received heavy criticism Wednesday for telling Yahoo Finance he would never agree with anyone disrespecting the American flag when asked about players protesting police brutality and racial inequality at a time protests and looting have broken out across the country following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Rodgers responded by posting a photo of Packers players interlocking arms and saying on-field protests have nothing to do with disrespecting the flag.

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“A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game. It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action,” he wrote, with the hashtags #loveoverfear #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall.

But Bennett, who spent the 2012 season with the Giants, wasn’t sold by the gesture.

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