Tight end Martellus Bennett is looking for work after being released by the New England Patriots shortly after the offseason began. He landed back with the Patriots after the Green Bay Packers released him during the 2017 season.
Bennett was one of the splashy free agent signings of the 2017 offseason. He ended up being a total bust in a season marred by dropped passes and little production. After Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, Bennett showed up with a shoulder injury. He insisted the Packers were making him play through it. The Packers said Bennett failed to disclose the injury before signing. Then came the release.
It was widely assumed and even suggested that Bennett quit on the Packers when Rodgers went down. He says that wasn’t the case.
“Everybody says all kinds of shit about people, but they never really know,” Bennett said. “What you realize is that people are fans of corporations because the corporations have been there for them forever. So they’re tied to that corporation, especially with a fanbase like Green Bay. For me, I come and go… And people are like, ‘Oh, you quit.’ I got cut. How can you quit when you got cut?”
Actually, let’s answer this question for Marty.
You can quit by not giving your all. You can also quit by saying you’re injured.
Ahem…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Shut the fuck up Marty, you QUIT and everybody knows it. Good luck with your career-you probably murdered it-after your little stunt.
Oh shut the fuck up you pile of shit. So let me get this straight, no one knows what they’re talking about because they’re all in love with corporations? Especially in Green Bay, the only community owned team in professional sports? And somehow you’re Mr.Anti-Corporation which means there’s no way you quit on your team? Does that mean you’re Robin Hood considering the highway robbery you got away with? You could have been playing pop warner and you still would have quit on your teammates. I don’t know how anyone signs this scumbag other than the Patriots.
What someone says when their agent’s phone isn’t ringing for $300 Alex.
Did the Packers quit on Bennett when they cut him? Why, yes, Bob, they diiiiiiiiiiid.
In his short time with the Packers and despite an ongoing injury situation, he put up more numbers than all the other Packer TEs did all year (individually).
He had an injury situation. Packer doctor told him to play through it, no surgery needed. As agreed to in the collective bargaining agreement he had the right to see other doctors as well. This right was wisely established because team doctors work for the team, not the player, and are paid by the team, not the players, and there is a built in conflict of interest.
Bennett saw three other doctors and they advised him — for his longer term health and career — to get a surgery and his shoulder could not be repaired fully other than through surgery though he could decide to play through it if he could stand the pain and wanted to risk his longer term career.
Bennett debated what to do. The Packers were aware he’d gone to other doctors. Apparently the team doctor let them know the other doctors, being objective, probably would have given Bennett very different advice. Deciding to preemptively strike, the team then went ahead and cut Bennett, thus quitting on him.
Aware they were the bad guys and persons wiser than Packer fans may pick up on that — you know, give a player bad medical advise, then cut him before he can decide to have a surgery, you know, quit on the player — they went ahead and made up that Bennett quit on them (clever, huh? Just say the opposite of the truth — how very Trump of you! Putin will be proud!). Then they made up that they were going to sue him to get the signing bonus back and made up they had proof he was injured when they signed him (even though he passed a full team physical by the Packer doctor!). Of course, no proof ever came to light and no lawsuit either but the purpose of defaming Bennett was already well served.
Nationally, for the most part, the Packer story was not believed. But they did not require a story that could beat national common sense. All they had to do as get past Packer fan common sense… a much lower bar.
This kind of thing is why free agents don’t want to play for the Packers.
Looking for a quitter?
Aaron Rodgers, last two games last year. Got himself on the IR to be “smart”. Funny how when white star QB quits he is “smart”. Black unicorn pondering advise to get surgery? What a quitter! Quick, cut that quitter before he can decide! Then ruin his reputation! Then threaten to sue him!
Packers (organization + HC) = back-stabbing scapegoating hypocrites