For the NFL and their fans, the overall enjoyment of the game returned to somewhat normalcy after the 2018 football season showed the national anthem protests are over, for the most part…Although the Kaepernick style protests in the NFL have almost disappeared completely, one former player is trying to keep the disrespectful protests alive.
Former Pro Bowl TE and Green Bay Packer, Martellus Bennett, has continued his push for the Kaepernick protest even well into his retirement. Bennett joined liberal activist and former ESPN host, Jemele Hill, at an event in Washington DC. The former Pro-Bowler spoke to the crowd and called for “white hero” players to participate in the Kaepernick style anthem protests. Via Yahoo Sports.
Martellus Bennett became specific in his speech when describing his category of “white hero” NFL player, taking shots at legendary QB’s such as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees for “not joining the conversation,” regarding Kaepernick and anthem protests.
“If Peyton Manning joined the conversation, the conversation in the NFL would change,” Bennett said.
“If Drew Brees came in and really joined the conversation, it would change. Tom Brady. All these great white heroes that they have running around, throwing the football — if they jump into the conversation, it would be so much bigger.”
The former New England Patriot added that “ignorant white fans” cannot understand because they refuse to dive into the “issues.” Bennett believes the source of the problem stems from well-known white players refusing to join the Kaepernick style anthem protests. Via Breitbart News.
“If they were to take a knee with Colin Kaepernick, that conversation would totally change,” Bennett exclaimed. “If Tom Brady took a knee, white America would be like, ‘Oh my God. What is this that Tom Brady’s talking about?’”
“They would start doing research and would join in the conversation, it would pique their interest. But since it’s a black guy taking a knee, it’s like, ‘Alright, these guys, here he goes again. It’s another one of these guys out here doing this.'” Said Martellus Bennett.
Instead of finding a way to destroy the barrier of racism and hate, Martellus Bennett, like so many other athletes and Hollywood stars, continue to grow that barrier by perpetuating division through color. Instead at looking at the actual act of the protest, Bennett continues to look at the issue solely based on race when most of America takes issue on the lack of patriotism, and blatant signs of disrespect.