Martellus Bennett wonders if Russell Wilson has God’s direct line

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Russell Wilson hasn’t talked his way into a new contract yet, but he seems to be on the verge of turning himself into a more talented version of Tim Tebow.

The Seahawks quarterback has drawn plenty of attention to himself this offseason during his contract negotiations, from his early subtweeting, to his deep sigh and noting he’s moved before, to his continued thinly veiled and passive-aggressive threats to play baseball while throwing out a $25 million reference point for negotiations.

But while admitting he’s not having sex with his girlfriend drew yet another round of attention, it was his suggestion that God talked to him during the Super Bowl that has brought out a new round of critics.

Via Kyle Thele of the Chicago Sun Times, Bears tight end Martellus Bennett posted a series of messages poking fun at Wilson for claiming to have someone other than Darrell Bevell in his helmet radio.

“I wonder how loud God had to yell for Russel to hear him/her at that moment in the super bowl,” Bennett wrote. “YOOOO RUSSEL. It’s me God. Can you hear me? Aye Jesus is this thing on. Come help your pops out. Lol

“Jesus. Seriously Jesus. Get over here and turn this thing on for me.”

The idea that the Almighty needs his kid to help explain how to use a phone is funny, and Bennett’s tone wasn’t malicious at all.

But Wilson’s constant references to his religion are going to make him a role model to a certain segment of the population, and a target to others.

Tebow was once a nice guy with middling quarterback skills but an uncanny knack for winning games (even in the playoffs), but he was out of the league for two years before trying to latch on now with the Eagles as a third-stringer.

Wilson’s clearly achieved more on the field, and is a more proficient passer than Tebow in every way. But he’s also made himself a bit of a spectacle, which plenty of people cited as a reason Tebow struggled to find work, using the age-old “distraction” excuse. And the Seahawks have made it clear they’d like to have Wilson remain, even if they haven’t met his contract demands yet.

So the fact Bennett’s brother Michael is a teammate of Wilson’s isn’t a big deal, as they don’t seem to run in the same circles anyway. But the fact any Pro Bowl player is openly mocking the Seahawks quarterback is at least an indication that not everyone in the league is charmed by Wilson’s public persona.

96 responses to “Martellus Bennett wonders if Russell Wilson has God’s direct line

  1. Wilson isn’t worth 25 mil a year and his passive aggressive holier than thou act is getting annoying. Also, anyone else think his hair is permed?

  2. I find it interesting how threatened people are by religion and/or religious people.

    Last i checked, Russell wasn’t criticizing other peoples choices – just talking about what choices he has made in his life.

    I don’t see him having 8 children with 7 different women, abusing women, taking drugs, or other negative activities.

    Sad that his beliefs are an issue for people.

  3. People who lack faith simply mock it. If you don’t understand it, it’s not okay apparently. Somehow we can call the PC police over race, gender, etc but not religion. And look how great our society is today vs the 1950s when Christianity was much more widely accepted

  4. nyfootballgiants says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:45 AM
    I find it interesting how threatened people are by religion and/or religious people.

    Last i checked, Russell wasn’t criticizing other peoples choices – just talking about what choices he has made in his life.

    I don’t see him having 8 children with 7 different women, abusing women, taking drugs, or other negative activities.

    Sad that his beliefs are an issue for people.
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    There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with god. Not one thing. It’s just that people are always weary about claiming to have received messages from God.

    The last person who said God Spoke to him that could command a national audience was George W. Bush.

    But I also feel that his teammates could have a problem with this. It would feel from my perspective that my QB was assigning more praise to the big guy than the big guys blocking for his butt.

  5. nyfootballgiants says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:45 AM

    I find it interesting how threatened people are by religion and/or religious people.
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    If you don’t feel threatened, or at least very leery, of religious fanatics….you have learned absolutely nothing from the history of man.

  6. Everything requires political correctness today. You can’t have a conversation that goes more than two sentences before you have to stop and ask yourself whether you are offending someone. Life is becoming like a continuous fake Hollywood air kiss. That just won’t work in this 24/7 news cycle. There’s no time for doing basic spell/gramner checking let alone editing. So let’s stay off the deep philosophical topics and leave them to pros like Sally Jenkins.
    And how about let’s talk some football already and try to stay on point. Can we do that?

  7. How is it that Christianity is the only thing that people can belittle without any backlash whatsoever? Take these kind of shots at anything else and it’s deemed hate.
    We gripe about how these guys can’t stay out of trouble and a guy like Wilson is ridiculed over statements made in church. People can’t have it both ways.

  8. I think if God talks to me that is between me and her/him. What could be more private and personal…if it indeed occurs. To then use it in interviews implies that someone has a big ego…or that he omitted God’s instructions to broadcast the conversation to the world.

  9. Religion is stupid nonsense that needs to be mocked. You’re over the age of 9 and still have an invisible friend. Btw, there are ~2,700 man made gods that we all reject, I just take it one step further.

  10. people need to keep this crap to themselves. no one cares about your personal beliefs.

  11. GOD moves in mysterious ways he probably talked to him & that’s his belief so leave well enough alone!!! Everyone believes in something let them believe!!!

  12. Martellus thinks we want to hear what he has to say…he needs to hold Michaels hand and ask for a do over on his contract…oh wait…Both Martellus and Michael could learn from Wilson on how to negotiate a contract.

  13. Not trying to hate but Wilson not worth 25mil a year. He is more a product of his environment. Not saying he is terrible just that I wouldn’t tie up that much cap space for him.

  14. Not a religious person with a serious question.

    A lot of people translate Wilson’s comments to mean somehow God has very specifically singled out Wilson for communication.

    But I assume people of faith see it as relatively normal in the sense that God is communicating with everyone, perhaps simultaneously, every day, or at least when they see it, need it or interpret it, whether they play football or have a much lower profile occupation? So it is not remotely a Wilson=God’s earthly representative Jesus thing.

  15. I respect Russell Wilson for his faith and being proud of it. Those like Martellus “No Brains” Bennett have none and just don’t get it.

    “That’s the thing about faith… if you don’t have it, you can’t understand it and if you do, no explanation is necessary.”

  16. To all those who feel the need to ridicule Wilsons religion…this countries anchor rights…freedom of religion..so focus on your own beliefs, or lack thereof, and leave other peoples rights alone.

  17. faulkana says:
    Jul 8, 2015 10:01 AM

    If you don’t feel threatened, or at least very leery, of religious fanatics….you have learned absolutely nothing from the history of man.

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

    So all religious people are fanatics…?

  18. I think if God talks to me that is between me and her/him. What could be more private and personal…if it indeed occurs. To then use it in interviews implies that someone has a big ego…or that he omitted God’s instructions to broadcast the conversation to the world.

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    Again, the interview was with a Christian radio station.

  19. fmckenney says:
    Jul 8, 2015 10:14 AM
    To all those who feel the need to ridicule Wilsons religion…this countries anchor rights…freedom of religion..so focus on your own beliefs, or lack thereof, and leave other peoples rights alone.

    __________________

    I missed the part where anyone said the government should fine or throw him in jail for his beliefs. The 1st amendment says people can mock Wilson’s dumb beliefs all day long.

  20. Wilson just sounds silly. And a bit full of himself for thinking he gets so much personal attention from God.

    Apparently God wanted them to beat Green Bay. But God only wanted the Patriots to win so he could test how Wilson deals with adversity. Everything revolves around Wilson, right?

  21. I’m not a religious person so I can’t get into Russell Wilson’s head but why doesn’t Wilson take personal responsibility for the fact he screwed up, instead of blaming some mythical creature that may or may not exist? I just hate people using God as a crutch all the time every time something goes wrong or right. Darrell Bevill made the call, Russell Wilson threw the pass, Malcolm Butler made the interception. Nothing more to it than that.

  22. “And look how great our society is today vs the 1950s when Christianity was much more widely accepted”

    Ah, yes, the 50’s. When Jim Crow was alive and well and a woman knew her place. Please…SMH

  23. The biggest difference between Tebow and Wilson?
    Tebow comes off as sincere.

  24. If there was a god, he would have wayyyyy more important things to take care of than talking with Wilson about a GAME (like, maybe about his divorce from a woman he has two children with). The hypocrisy of those “practicing” religion is more off-putting than religion itself.

    For those of you stating that everyone has to be PC except when talking about religion, I’m glad you finally know how it feels. Look up the crusades and let me know how open-minded christians were about other human’s practicing different ideas/thoughts.

  25. Well, isn’t that special.

    If someone expresses their beliefs as a Christian it is great to poke fun of them. Heck, they even get an article for themselves about how light hearted and funny it was.

    If someone did the same thing to Michelle Sam….

  26. Yeah, because in the playoffs last year, I remember when Martellus Bennett… oh, wait. Nevermind

  27. Wilson comes off as faker than a six dollar bill. His entire persona seems to be wholly invented and forced. I feel like this guy has a whole lot of skeletons in his closet…..maybe a few bodies too.

  28. Do as thou wilt seems to be the consensus on these boards…if Alistair crowley knew his teachings would be so well accepted throughout America and the world he’d have died a much happier man…The head luciferian however died a very sick and scared man.

    You might find religion silly or delusional, but the people calling the shots having been striving for a thousand points of light for a long time.

  29. Of course we are wary of people who say that God talks directly to them. If you are not a prophet, you ought to ask yourself if perhaps you may be mistaken about direct messages from God. Most of the time it turns out to be mental illness. I am not talking about people who feel God’s presence or derive strength from God; just the one’s who think that they have some personal conversation from Him. David Koresh and Jim Jones got personal messages from God and look how that turned out.

  30. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 8, 2015 9:49 AM

    People who lack faith simply mock it. If you don’t understand it, it’s not okay apparently. Somehow we can call the PC police over race, gender, etc but not religion. And look how great our society is today vs the 1950s when Christianity was much more widely accepted
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    I would argue the problem with our modern day society is not related to religion, but rather the fact that liberals always know whats best for us all (no, I’m not one of those “gun toting, queer hating, racist redneck republicans”). So our society has undergone changes because these changes “will make us all better”. An example would be gov regulations on things like soda. I am an adult, I don’t need some elitist liberal 1 percenter telling me what I should or shouldn’t consume.

    To get to my point. In the 1950s, it was acceptable to discipline your child. I am not advocating child abuse, there is certainly a line that can be drawn separating abuse from discipline. Liberals don’t think we should be allowed to discipline children, for any number of reasons. How many times have you seen Social Services called because a child was spanked on the behind in a grocery store (while wearing a diaper no less). Its out of control. In the 1950s, how many people walked into a school, movie theatre, mall, etc and shot up the place? Im going to guess there weren’t any. Now, we aren’t allowed to discipline our children, and all of a sudden the have 4 mass shootings per year… just saying.

    Personally, as someone who doesn’t believe the world was created by a higher power, but rather was created by evolutionary factors, I would say your argument is a 2 way street. Yes, those without faith will mock those that believe (and I am certain that is annoying to believers), but those that believe are insufferable toward those that don’t (and that is annoying to non believers). When a religious person learns that you don’t believe, they have this arrogance, like they are above you, how could you possibly not believe… The next person of faith who learns I am not religious, and doesn’t try to convert me right then and there will be the first. I am yet to meet a person who doesn’t believe, who will try to push his non beliefs by going door to door…

  31. Oh, won’t somebody play the violin for the poor Christian readers who are offended once again by the backlash to religious fanaticism…

    It only took a couple millenia for people to have the right to ridicule Christianity. Before recently, these people would’ve been beaten, burned, gassed, executed…or maybe there’d be a crusade (ie christian jihad). Human society was oppressed for centuries because Christians didn’t want scientific or cultural progress to counter their religious commands and claims.

    Anyway, Wilson’s ego has gotten to the point that he thinks god is singling him out and audibly speaking to him. Narcissist much?

  32. dmnirican says: Jul 8, 2015 10:02 AM

    If God really was talking to him at the Super Bowl, he woulda told him to audible to a run…
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    Or, Tom Brady really is God…

  33. Religion is fine and plays an important part of people’s lives. However, it’s the religious fanatics who ruin it for everyone and bring out the well-deserved critics. When religion is forced on people through proselytizing, making religious-based laws, using religion to excuse bigotry/ murder people, etc, that’s when moderate religious people need to stand up reassess their religion. Politics/ law and religion should NEVER mix.

  34. Funny. If he had said he heard from Allah, everyone would be afraid to say anything and more likely people would be praising him for his bold faith.

  35. People who say fanciful things should not expect to control what other people say about their statements. If believing in eternal something or other helps motivate you to be a nice person in the here and now, then your particular flavor of religion will be accepted by others. If reading a book helps you to treat others with respect, then read it; don’t expect that others need to read your book to do the same.

  36. Hello Russell….This is GOD here, I just wanted to tell you that I am as real as the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.
    Actually what you hear on the field was NE fans laughing at you for throwing the interception.

  37. Why does God have a gender? Does he reproduce with other “gods?” Is God “getting busy” sometimes when he should be listening to our stupid, self-serving prayers? Why is God subject to human emotions like anger, hate, rage, envy, ect? Why does God “talk” to ppl on the down low? Why not just appear to everyone and remove all doubt? Why doesn’t God stop pedophiles, murderers, terrorists? Oh! It’s because we have free will? Cool. So God created the desire to rape children in order to “test” pedophiles? OK, got it.

  38. meh…that’s his style, half a step past funny. Go to youtube and look for Martellus Bennett Black Olympics…it’s why he ended up going from Dallas to Chicago.

  39. Bennett a pro-bowler! Now that IS a joke! Funny to me about all the negative publicity that comes from people and things that the press has deemed “old fashion”. And how much coverage they give to the controversial people & things nowadays. Russell Wilson is a hero to hundreds of kids fighting they’re way through cancer yet that is a byline of stories about him, if that! I wonder how much all the people throwing stones have done for someone other than themselves!

  40. “In the 1950s, how many people walked into a school, movie theatre, mall, etc and shot up the place? Im going to guess there weren’t any. ”

    You’re totally right. Black people weren’t welcome in a lot of those places, so lynch mobs found them in their side of town in order to terrorize and kill them. Emmett Till may have been brutally murdered, but at least his parents could spank him without getting in trouble. Gotta love them 1950s

  41. I am not a religious person and try to stay away from organized religion whenever possible. I am not anti-religion it’s just not my cup of tea.

    So help me out……. This is bizarre behavior right?

  42. There are two things religious believers of all faiths accept as part of their life mission that non-believers can’t wrap their heads around: evangelism and martyrdom.

    Russell Wilson is a $alesman. You either like or want what he’s selling, or you don’t.

  43. I don’t think people are mocking his religion. Just the speaking to God part. Many people say God speaks to them. But they mean it metaphorically. Like he is influencing their decisions or sending them messages. But he says the God audible spoke to him with specific words. Regarding very inconsequential things in the larger scheme of things. That is worthy of ridicule.

  44. JaminJake says:
    Jul 8, 2015 10:00 AM

    There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with god. Not one thing. It’s just that people are always weary about claiming to have received messages from God.

    The last person who said God Spoke to him that could command a national audience was George W. Bush.

    But I also feel that his teammates could have a problem with this. It would feel from my perspective that my QB was assigning more praise to the big guy than the big guys blocking for his butt.
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    What big guys blocking for his butt? You realize that Wilson is the most pressured QB per dropback in the three years that he has been in the NFL.

    Part of that is that the Seahawks have relied mostly on UDFA receivers, receivers who were ignored by other teams because they don’t have good route running skills and aren’t speed demons. Without those tools, Seahawks receivers have trouble getting separation. So, Wilson has to hold onto the ball a long time, hoping that coverage breaks down.

    At the same time, Football Outsiders has ranked the Seahawks O-line as 20th, 32nd, and 24th in the NFL in pass protection. Those big butts aren’t doing the job they are paid for. Wilson needs that direct line to the Almighty just to remain standing from one week to the next!

    Still, it is hard to imagine the audacity of Wilson – to make a comment in a church setting that he listens to the voice of God. How dare he make a profession of his faith with a statement about his personal relationship with his Creator in a church setting!!! SMH

  45. Not entirely sure it was wise for Bennett to be so public about this, but damn was it funny (shades of me asking my 15 year-old why all the icons were vibrating on my iphone screen. MAKE THEM STOP! Thanks.)
    He is now my favorite non-Colt.

  46. Fascinating that people want to mock what was said in a video that was filmed at a church service. You know, this may come as a surprise, but when people are asked in a church service about their relationship with God, they will probably answer.

    Have you noticed that the only time that Wilson talks about religion is when he is asked a direct question about it by the media or by a minister in a church service? He doesn’t go out and try and force his beliefs on anyone. He doesn’t walk into someplace and start preaching. But when he is asked a direct question, he doesn’t try and hide his beliefs either. I would think people might want to respect that kind of courage and honesty.

  47. So, you can’t comment on your faith on a CHRISTIAN RADIO SHOW! If any of you haters watched/heard it you would know the content of the interview and could speak with actual knowledge about it….he also said he is not perfect, but forgiven… not holier than thou stuff, humility, but you anonymous, anti religous, intolerant, BIGOTS get your jollys by attacking people of faith when you proclaim how “tolerant” you are are just phoney tough guys with issues. In these times when a bunch of these players are doing some of the most discusting vile and violent things off the field….you want to judge Russ, because of his faith…really? Quality player, a winner and by all accounts a good man of faith….I’ll take him on my team (Go Hawks!) and so would most of you haters if you had the chance.

  48. What else do you expect him to go after? Religion is the only thing that the Feelings Police hasn’t declared as being off limits.

  49. I think it’s safe to say that God doesn’t give a rip about the NFL, and most fans don’t begrudge Wilson one way or the other for his religious beliefs or the fervency of those beliefs. I think the primary issue is Wilson’s rather extreme claim that God actually communicates directly with him.

  50. All the religious quacks that pray to their fake Gods and their fake beliefs are annoying. Im a prove it, i must see it to believe it person.

    There has been ZERO scientific proof that God exists. So save the God talked to you RW. He doesnt have the red phone line to your brain.

    It just makes you look like a mentally deranged indiviual.

    And you not tapping Ciara is the proof I need. This clown is probably like Brittney Spears who said she was waiting to get married only to find out the PR spin was a total sham.

  51. @spohawk

    I think Wilson is a good QB but he said the Super Bowl interception, one of the biggest choke jobs in SB history, was just a result of God’s plan. If I am making the decisions in Seattle those comments scare me.

    What makes the great players great is their ability focus on and remain driven by failure while blocking out and ignoring the praise that comes with success. It’s a borderline personality disorder that all of the greats had. Rice, Peyton, Jordan, Bird, etc…..

  52. Wilson took his team to the Super Bowl twice in three years and won one. But he gets criticized for saying God spoke to him. No one is up-in-arms that people like Martellus Bennett are criticizing him for his religious beliefs. Michael Sam never played a down in the NFL, but gets called a hero for admitting he’s gay. A few players make comments about Michael Sam and they get blasted in the press. Maybe we need to be more tolerant about ALL peoples choices and beliefs.

  53. bigbenh8tr says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:40 AM

    Martellus Bennett was a pro bowler?

    That’s funny

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    Why would the concept of the player who had the most receptions by a tight end in 2014 making the pro bowl be funny? I guess I don’t get the joke.

  54. Dont get me wrong here, I believe most people believe in God as do I but the only thing russell wilson was talking to was his deranged mind not God.

  55. Unbelievers and marginal “Christians” take a seat. You don’t believe God’s talking to people cause he ain’t talking to you. And why should He? He offered His son for your sins, so that you would be forgiven and as the righteous in Christ become children and hear from and be heard by God. If that ain’t good enough for you, keep it moving. God does not communicate with your sinful nature which is all you have. Of course it’s silly and unreal to you, you have no experience a not a clue. Every true believer ( not you pretenders that use Christian as a generic term) hears from God. He places in us His Holy Spirit ti do so. It’s our right in prayer and God is faithful to His promises and to us. ” Call on me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things that you know not,” says God. Jesus said, “my sheep know my voice and a stranger they will not follow” (Jesus being the Good Shepard). And God says, I will whisper in your ear, turn left, turn right.”

    And please don’t block my comments, it’s not fair to speak on this subject and block those who have knowledge according to what Russell’s knows and why he proclaims such. Thank you

  56. “Im a prove it, i must see it to believe it person.”

    We haven’t physically seen your thoughts or intelligence, so they must not exist either.

  57. This Bears fan would just like Martellus to shut his trap. My team is going to have a tough enough row to hoe this year without getting the Big Man P.O.’d at them on top of it yet.

  58. You mean the same Martellus Bennett that’s been fined for being a poor teammate and being involved in derogatory language towards blacks and gays? That guy has a negative opinion on Russell Wilson’s Christian beliefs?

    Which Martellus should we listen to? The one that hates gays or the one that ridicules Christians? (It’s the same guy.)

    Seems a little funny you would take his word as credible now.

  59. fillyfan says:
    Jul 8, 2015 10:17 AM
    faulkana says:
    Jul 8, 2015 10:01 AM

    If you don’t feel threatened, or at least very leery, of religious fanatics….you have learned absolutely nothing from the history of man.

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    So all religious people are fanatics…?

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    Certainly not.

    But when you have a football player that has God speaking to him during football games, and then you have that football player feeling the need to talk about these conversations in a very public forum…..I’d say that is a good place to start when looking for a fanatic.

    If you don’t see fanatics coming, and don’t nip them in the bud, that is when you have problems on the way.

    I’m sure that I don’t need to make a list of for-instances for you.

  60. bigbenh8tr says:Jul 8, 2015 9:49 AM

    People who lack faith simply mock it. If you don’t understand it, it’s not okay apparently. Somehow we can call the PC police over race, gender, etc but not religion. And look how great our society is today vs the 1950s when Christianity was much more widely accepted

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    Oh yes, the 1950s…directly after we dropped two nukes on two cities and the time before the civil rights movements. Good thing Christianity was wide spread, could have been much worse!

  61. Hmm, God should have told him where Butler was gonna be… I guess even God is a Pats fan.

  62. Careful there Russell, God talk is what got Tebow banished from the league for 2 years. Oh wait, no it didn’t, Tebow sucking at QB is what got him out of the league. Carry on then buddy, God it up.

  63. He loves God and he is a talented QB. I’m a fan of him, even though my team is the Giants. God has blessed Russell with great talent. I hope he just ignores the haters, I do.

  64. The world would be a much better place if god would get over his man crush on Wilson and pay attention to more important stuff. No?

  65. thespread00 says:
    Jul 8, 2015 10:13 AM
    Not trying to hate but Wilson not worth 25mil a year. He is more a product of his environment. Not saying he is terrible just that I wouldn’t tie up that much cap space for him.

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    The fact that the Hawks don’t have a ton of money wrapped up in the QB position is exactly the reason why they are as good as they are, which in turn makes Wilson look better than he really is.

  66. sowcrates says: Jul 8, 2015 11:38 AM

    “In the 1950s, how many people walked into a school, movie theatre, mall, etc and shot up the place? Im going to guess there weren’t any. ”

    You’re totally right. Black people weren’t welcome in a lot of those places, so lynch mobs found them in their side of town in order to terrorize and kill them. Emmett Till may have been brutally murdered, but at least his parents could spank him without getting in trouble. Gotta love them 1950s
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    This isn’t a racism thing. The guy who shot up the Washington Navy Yard wasn’t white. The guy who killed 13 people (?) trying to kill Gabby Giffords didn’t have racial intent. The idiot at Virginia Tech was Asian. The idiot at the movie theatre probably wasn’t aiming at only black people in the dark theatre. The idiot that killed all those innocent children in Newtown CT wasn’t motivated by racism. The list seems endless, and rarely motivated by racism. “A lynch mob”, which would mean a whole group of people, senselessly killing a black person for no reason is disgusting, but is also completely different from 1 shooter killing a large group of people. I fail to see the link between 10 whites lynching 1 black and 1 shooter killing 10+ people (of all races)

    I am not saying the 50s was a better time. I am simply saying people “didn’t just snap and go on a shooting rampage” in the 50s. And sorry, but a lynch mob is not the same as a guy “going postal” with a gun. I don’t get why everything in this country has to be discussed through the prism of racism. You are basically arguing that spanking your kids turns them into lynching racists… And the only reason black people have any rights at all, is cuz we stopped spanking our kids. That makes no sense

  67. nyyjetsknicks says:
    Jul 8, 2015 10:22 AM

    fmckenney says:
    Jul 8, 2015 10:14 AM
    To all those who feel the need to ridicule Wilsons religion…this countries anchor rights…freedom of religion..so focus on your own beliefs, or lack thereof, and leave other peoples rights alone.

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    I missed the part where anyone said the government should fine or throw him in jail for his beliefs. The 1st amendment says people can mock Wilson’s dumb beliefs all day long.
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    The 1st amendment also says we can mock gays, minorities, or women all day long too. The difference is if you mock gays publicly, even if it’s light hearted and “funny” as it is in this case, be prepared to be fired from your job and have your life ruined over those remarks. Publicly mock Christians? No big deal, that’s totally ok and in instances like this, it’s being celebrated as being light hearted and funny. If you cried about the double standard in the past, don’t act like it’s not there now, either.

  68. Just to bring a little clarity to the discussion, because I understand how someone who is deeply religious might take offense to the general reaction, it isn’t his faith that is the issue.

    On the interception during the Super Bowl:

    “The play happens, and they pick the ball off. And I take three steps,” Wilson said. “And on the third step God says to me, ‘I’m using you … I want to see how you respond. But most importantly, I want them to see how you respond.'” – this sounds less than sane to the average person.

    “The play happens, and they pick the ball off. And I take three steps,” Wilson (could have) said. “And on the third step I reflected on my faith and thought, ‘God is using me … He wants to see how I respond. But most importantly, He wants them to see how I respond.'” – this sounds perfectly normal for a person that takes great solace in their faith.

    I have no problem with the fact that Wilson is a strong believer. The fact that he is going Joan of Arc and saying God talks directly to him is a little off putting and leaves plenty of room for humorous criticism.

  69. If I was to tell the world I hear voices it gets me to do things you would Say i was crazy add God to the mix all of sudden I am a religous man. In my opinion anybody that hears God is nuts.

  70. Millions of “Born Again” Christians all around the world hear God Speaking to them all the time. The more in tuned they are to the Holy Spirit the more they hear him speaking and directing their lives. God wants to have that kind of relationship with every single one of us but the only way we can have it is to except Jesus as Lord of our lives. I realize it makes a great joke for all of you who have never experienced it but for those of us who have it is a very real part of our lives every day. We’re not perfect and will all mess things up and say stupid things and make bad choices just about everyday. But at the same God is working on us and challenging us and we are hopefully working on things and growing and getting better at this thing called life everyday. Russell Wilson is on that same journey the rest of us are on and you are just going to need to have a little patience with us because God is not through with us yet. I’m not as good as I’m going to get but I’m better than I used to be.

  71. Love how some folks try to make it sound as if merely *being* a Christian brings mockery, derision, and harassment for non-Christians.

    To read some of these comments, one would think that non-Christians just don’t want Christians to exist.

    But you don’t get it. Or, more accurately, you like to *pretend* you don’t get it. By and large, secularists have no problems with Christians. The problems you hear about stem from those Christians who feel like the world has to run on *their* beliefs and no one else’s. The Christians who discriminate, who don’t want to see equal treatment or rights for ALL (law-abiding) people. Christians with a trigger-reflex persecution complex, the Christians who act like the Confederate flag is about “heritage”, Christians who like to present themselves on TV as wholesome (and yet have horrible skeletons in their closet), Christians who hate gay people and then get caught in gay acts, Christians who are think every single last Muslim is evil because of the small portion of them who have committed horrible acts (btw, if I had a nickel for everyone killed in the name of Christianity over the years, Donald Trump would be my butler…)

    The point is that very few people are just outright against Christianity. It’s the faction of fundamentalist Christians, with all their disapproval or fear of change, that are ruining it for the true live-and-let-live Christians.

    The funny part is that 99.9% of the people who flip out about how merely being a Christian makes them a target these days *know* that what I’m saying is true… but they can’t bring themselves to admit that, “Yes, there’s a huge faction of my brethren who are overzealous and close-minded to the point of turning people off in droves, but I don’t want to admit that we are divided within our own faith, so I’ll just pretend like it’s a war on all of Christianity to make myself feel better.”

    Got your number.

  72. Wilson just sounds silly. And a bit full of himself for thinking he gets so much personal attention from God.

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    Maybe you get a lot of personal attention from God too but just ignore it.

  73. All of you for sure do get a lot of personal attention from God. You probably don’t recognize it or don’t understand it or choose to ignore it. But its coming your way all the time. The Bible say that the creation itself shouts the existence of God. Ask God to reveal himself to you and help you not miss it when he is reaching out to you. He definitely will.

  74. pleasestopthesnow says:
    Jul 8, 2015 11:56 AM

    All the religious quacks that pray to their fake Gods and their fake beliefs are annoying. Im a prove it, i must see it to believe it person.

    There has been ZERO scientific proof that God exists.
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    Maybe not, but there also has been ZERO scientific proof that God doesn’t exist. In fact, the more science discovers about the complexity of the universe, the more the evidence points to a supreme creator.

  75. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 8, 2015 4:20 PM

    Maybe not, but there also has been ZERO scientific proof that God doesn’t exist. In fact, the more science discovers about the complexity of the universe, the more the evidence points to a supreme creator.
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    We don’t usually require proof that something *doesn’t* exist. (rolling my eyes)…

    I think what I just read was “The more we realize that we don’t know about the universe, the more we DO know that it was created by God…”

    (facepalm.)

    The funny part is that other people across the world may see Buddha or Vishnu or Allah as the creator of the universe- which most American Christians would counter as nonsense… You know, “Our God is the only real and true God.”

    Christians will discount non-Christian religions left and right like they’re pure fantasy, but if you doubt God or Christ, you’re a poor soul heading for damnation.

    Laughable.

  76. You won’t think it’s all that laughable when you face it. If the odds are a million to one that what the Bible says about eternal damnation is any where near true, you’d be a fool not to take those odds. Total isolation in the lake of fire for eternity is not something I would want face. There will be no parties in hell. You’re a big gambler if you take those odds because in reality the odds are 1 to 1 because it is absolutely true.

    You can live blessed life now and then eternity with God, or live a disappointing and cursed life now and then eternity without God. Easy choice I think.

  77. “You won’t think it’s all that laughable when you face it. If the odds are a million to one that what the Bible says about eternal damnation is any where near true, you’d be a fool not to take those odds.”

    It’s like ou’re selling insurance by making kids watch a horror movie

  78. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Jul 8, 2015 1:26 PM

    Martellus should ask God to help him catch a pass after September. Come October dude is more elusive than a Jay Cutler happy face

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    For the month of October in the 2014 season, Marty averaged 4.5 catches for 55.5 yds per game (including one game with 6 recs. for 95 yds)

    He also scored 1 TD, and one 2 pt. conversion.

    (I’ll take that kind of production out of a TE any day)

    Oh, and in 4 games as a Bear vs. Vikes, Marty’s average production is as follows:

    5 receptions, 46 yds, .5 TDs (per game)

    Here’s one thing I can promise you: none of the pathetic Vikings TEs are producing anywhere close to that on a consistent basis.

    In short – you’re talking out of Heidi-hole.

  79. Why do we need to know whether or not he and Ciara are having sex? We do not! The only reason he is divulging this personal information to the world is for 1 of 2 reasons: (1) He feels the need to do damage control with the Christian community and fans because he is dating a unsaved “worldly” woman who has dated infamous rappers and who is highly sexualized (see her videos lately?). (2) His ego is so massive, he wants to be awarded a medal for doing what his private beliefs as a Christian dictates.

    He is a joke. Did you hear his bizarre comment, “God told me to lead her”. What the hell! Since when is Ciara blind or a child. This is a worldly woman who has dated 50 Cents for God’s sake, a former drug dealer and rapper! Truth be told he is banging her and trying to salvage a hypocritical reputation. If anyone is doing any leading or controlling, it would be Ciara. I do not understand his brand of Christianity. TMI (too much information). Makes me want to cringe every time he opens his mouth. Ciara needs to tell him to shut up already!

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