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Most players pull out of planned trip to Israel

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Defensive end Michael Bennett #72 (L) of the Seattle Seahawks is greeted by his younger brother  Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears after the game at CenturyLink Field on September 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eleven NFL players were scheduled to take a trip to Israel this week, where they would both learn more about the culture and teach people there about American football. But only five players went through with the trip.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett announced that he would not attend because “my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government” in a way that he thought would constitute Israel using him for its own public relations purposes. After Bennett made his statement, other players joined him.

According to the Times of Israel, Bennett was joined in skipping the trip by his teammate Cliff Avril, his brother Martellus Bennett, Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, Broncos running back Justin Forsett and former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison.

The five players participating are Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams, Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Titans tight end Delanie Walker and Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

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50 Responses to “Most players pull out of planned trip to Israel”
  1. redlikethepig says: Feb 15, 2017 11:15 AM

    Oi vey !

  2. thermalito says: Feb 15, 2017 11:17 AM

    Maybe they can go visit the Palestinian territories where its practically illegal to be gay, Hamas rules with an iron fist and terrorism is considering a virtue. Feeling GREAT about my decision to boycott the NFL permanently.

  3. riderspantherssk says: Feb 15, 2017 11:24 AM

    There are a lot of low-character guys on that list of cancellations. The Bemnetts plus Morrison don’t have a single critical thought between the three of them.

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 15, 2017 11:26 AM

    I would go just for the hot Israeli chicks. You are only young once.

  5. bassplucker says: Feb 15, 2017 11:35 AM

    And Israel is the better for it.

  6. nbptma1 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:41 AM

    They prefer to support the terrorist state of Palestine?

    Have they a clue??????

  7. marmac2768 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:47 AM

    Of course the Israeli government is going to “construct” the trip for them!! Why do you think that they were invited to go there?? Is there anything wrong with that? What if they had gone and didn’t want the government involved and terrorists attacked and killed them or kidnapped them?? Then, they would have been the first to scream about the Israeli government not protecting them.

    These guys need to just shut up if they don’t want to go. To give “lame excuses” just shows how stupid they are!

  8. moknowsbo says: Feb 15, 2017 11:57 AM

    Terrorist state of Palestine? You mean the people who are fighting because their land was stolen from them? I’m all for a two-state solution, but Israel kills more Palestinians than vice-versa, stole land and continue to violate international law in building settlements.

  9. learysdisciples says: Feb 15, 2017 11:58 AM

    A free trip to the Iz…count me in.

  10. chuckshontaspads says: Feb 15, 2017 11:58 AM

    That’s right support the Palestinians who support honor killings, genital mutilation, blaming the rape victim and arranged marriages. But wear pink in October..hypocrites.

  11. nbptma1 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:03 PM

    So, let’s just be clear here, Bennett prefers to support a terrorist organization like Hamas????

    These boys better get educated real quick about what they’re doing.

    Someone needs to ask them the question.

  12. marmac2768 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:06 PM

    They prefer to support the terrorist state of Palestine?

    Have they a clue??????

    **************************************************

    Uh …… NO!! These idiots only do what someone tells them to do. I can see an “anti-Trump” influence in this.

  13. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Feb 15, 2017 12:08 PM

    Why are Democrats run media outlets like this such cesspits of antisemitism?

  14. tino24blog says: Feb 15, 2017 12:10 PM

    You cant teach stupidity my friends. Im sure these guys will blame head injuries for their bad judgment

  15. tndiver says: Feb 15, 2017 12:11 PM

    So are these players Anti-Semites?

  16. upperdecker19 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:14 PM

    I prefer for foreign trips to not be “constructed” for me as well. What could possibly go wrong?

    Regards,
    Ryan Lochte

  17. justintuckrule says: Feb 15, 2017 12:24 PM

    Where’s it say anything that they are supporting Palestine you hate driven Trumpkins? He just doesn’t want to be used as a black prop for Israeli public relations. Good for him for speaking up.

  18. bonerfartblog says: Feb 15, 2017 12:27 PM

    I don’t see one mention of Palestinians. Nothing like a itchy trigger finger when popping off those blanks. Start referencing your Breitbart insult toilet paper of the day.

  19. petedutcherjr says: Feb 15, 2017 12:40 PM

    They have to arrange all sorts of security over there, and these players have no idea which events or areas are currently dangerous.

    That was an ignorant move.

  20. chuckshontaspads says: Feb 15, 2017 12:43 PM

    Trumpkins, Breitbart? All who are so blinded by the media and pretend to support freedom are so hypocritical. Planned parenthood, Hilery supporters wringing their hands over a “muslim Ban”. Where is their support for the woman trapped in a religion that is trapped in the 7th century who persecute and denigrate woman at every turn. Cut off your man bun and wake up.

  21. socalraider says: Feb 15, 2017 12:44 PM

    Showing their 6th grade education. Racist anti semites

  22. cardiovascularendurance says: Feb 15, 2017 12:50 PM

    Israel is every bit the terrorist state that Palestine is. Anyone that thinks otherwise is fooling themselves, or willfully ignorant.

  23. jimmysee says: Feb 15, 2017 12:51 PM

    Failure to support Israel in lockstep 100% of the way does NOT make one an anti-Semite.

  24. donterrelli says: Feb 15, 2017 12:53 PM

    This is what happens when stupid people get a platform.

  25. jcashman23 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:54 PM

    bonerfartblog says:
    Feb 15, 2017 12:27 PM
    I don’t see one mention of Palestinians. Nothing like a itchy trigger finger when popping off those blanks. Start referencing your Breitbart insult toilet paper of the day.

    4 13

    It does not need to be mentioned; Of course the Israeli Govt. arraigned the trip, these are public figures so why wouldn’t they?? It is good PR and they have to do it for security reasons…the players skipping it (especially the Bennett brothers-Martellus loves skipping free trips) are refusing to be the guest of the “evil zionist occupiers”(according to the insane left) more commonly known as Israel. It is funny that between the White House and now Israel they are under some false impression that they are refusing the invitation of these oppressive, Racist governments…while the reality is that is who these idiots support and who use them as props.

  26. blurocpurp says: Feb 15, 2017 12:54 PM

    goodness gracious you guys r ruthless. he in no way said he supports hamas or any of tht. all he said was he feels like hes being used by the government for propaganda purposes. thats it thats all. you guys r quick to say athletes know nothing and they should just shut up, but at the end of the day they r just citizens like you and i and they actually have a right to their opinion, JUST LIKE YOU DO. So u bash them because they pull out of some dumb pr trip. Why you so mad bro?

  27. granadafan says: Feb 15, 2017 12:58 PM

    To blame one side or call one side a “terrorist state” is incredibly simple in thinking and shows a clear lack of understanding of the history and conflict. There is an ugly cycle of violence and no one side can claim any sort of moral superiority. The US has shown unequivocal support of Israel, which has caused a lot of hard feelings in the Middle East. They are the military power and the Palestinians have had to resort to desperate tactics as has Israel in the last 70 years.

  28. jonwill57 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    @ chuckshontaspads says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:58 AM

    That’s right support the Palestinians who support honor killings, genital mutilation, blaming the rape victim and arranged marriages. But wear pink in October..hypocrites.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    How does not going to Israel equate to supporting the Palestinians? Does this mean the NFL denounces Palestinians?
    On one thing I agree, if they didn’t want to go, don’t go. For whatever reason, they had agreed to go but the political climate has changed.

  29. jonwill57 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:02 PM

    chuckshontaspads says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:58 AM

    That’s right support the Palestinians who support honor killings, genital mutilation, blaming the rape victim and arranged marriages. But wear pink in October..hypocrites.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You call them hypocrites, but what about the league that for years, including the Giants last year, that avoided the issue and took no action against perpetrators of domestic violence…

  30. dsigrey says: Feb 15, 2017 1:02 PM

    thermalito says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:17 AM
    Maybe they can go visit the Palestinian territories where its practically illegal to be gay, Hamas rules with an iron fist and terrorism is considering a virtue. Feeling GREAT about my decision to boycott the NFL permanently
    ________________________________

    Yet you still follow and post on a NFL blog???

  31. hashfest says: Feb 15, 2017 1:11 PM

    The apartheid state of Israel

    BDS

    Hat tip to the football players.

  32. factschecker says: Feb 15, 2017 1:13 PM

    I can tell by most of the early comments that people have no idea why the two sides are feuding.
    I find it hard to justify or defend the actions of either side between Palestine and Israel.

    I’d probably be pretty angry if I was kicked out of my legal home only to see it demolished so a new illegal high rise condo can be built on my property. And as it happens decade after decade with no help from the rest of the world, I can understand the urge to fight back. (That’s not called sympathizing kids. That’s called rationalizing. ) I can rationalize the urge to fight back for the land that was your home.

    In the revolutionary war it was “we” the Americans that were the terrorists.

  33. kane337 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:21 PM

    Trump supports Israel so Israel must be bad. Players logic.

  34. genericcommenter says: Feb 15, 2017 1:21 PM

    Why let them use our players for propaganda when they can just use our President?

  35. bbk1000 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:22 PM

    Again, no heart, brains or courage….

    Good stuff…

  36. biggerballz says: Feb 15, 2017 1:25 PM

    Mostly angry ignorant comments here spouting their opinion while telling athletes that they shouldn’t have opinions.

  37. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 15, 2017 1:25 PM

    I find it hard to justify or defend the actions of either side between Palestine and Israel.

    isreal has definitely won the P.R. war, but there are palestinians living in a 5 mile radius, with a border fence on one side, and an unswimmable chemical ocean on the other.

    all because #my mythology is better than their mythology.

    #mysticism is pathetic

  38. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 15, 2017 1:33 PM

    Way to go Bennett! Bravo!!! That’s exactly what they were doing!

  39. JJ412 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:33 PM

    Disagreeing with the Isreali govt. does not automatically mean you are anti-Semitic.

  40. jjackwagon says: Feb 15, 2017 1:35 PM

    As Americans we grew up watching TV shows that were Good Guys verses Bad Guys, so we tend to view all situations in that manner.

    Once you have been to the Middle East for any length of time you will begin to realize there aren’t any Good Guys. Just Bad Guys killing other Bad Guys.

  41. thermalito says: Feb 15, 2017 1:38 PM

    breadmeatcheese: maybe when the Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza stop firing rockets and engaging in stabbing campaigns they might get somewhere. Their plight is what happens when you choose war. #nosympathy

  42. psubeerman21 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:42 PM

    Who on earth would want to go to that demilitarized zone anyway

  43. packrule says: Feb 15, 2017 1:49 PM

    As Americans we grew up watching TV shows that were Good Guys verses Bad Guys, so we tend to view all situations in that manner.

    Once you have been to the Middle East for any length of time you will begin to realize there aren’t any Good Guys. Just Bad Guys killing other Bad Guys.

    ___________________________________

    When it’s killing and not listening you are 1000% right.

  44. pkrlvr says: Feb 15, 2017 2:44 PM

    Feeling GREAT about my decision to boycott the NFL permanently.
    ——–
    Not sure you understand the word boycott…

  45. pkrlvr says: Feb 15, 2017 2:45 PM

    I truly don’t like the Bennett boys but watching the uptight Trumpers get all worked up is certainly worth it..

  46. koufaxmitzvah says: Feb 15, 2017 4:27 PM

    6 out of 11 not going = Most Players ?

    Can’t headline writers not try to add to every article about Israel. Seriously. 6 of 11 is More Than Half. 10 of 11 or 9 of 11 even 8 of 11… Maybe if it was 7 of 11, but no, it wasn’t even that.

  47. koufaxmitzvah says: Feb 15, 2017 4:28 PM

    I’m willing to bet most people whining about Israel can’t find it on a map.

  48. trollaikman8 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:45 PM

    Why should they support Apartheid? I’m starting to like this older Bennett more and more.

  49. ak185 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:20 PM

    No love lost for the Bennetts, but I wonder how many folks would want someone to knock their house down with a tractor and build their own place there? Not that shooting rockets is okay, but pretending that they aren’t mistreated is ludicrous.

    Yeah, I know, it’s just easier to assume that what you heard for years about Palestinians was right all along.

  50. tonebones says: Feb 19, 2017 4:38 PM

    Let Israel fight their own battles. We’re over here raising taxes to protect these people, when they’re the ones starting all the fights. Good for these players for staying home.

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