Michael and Martellus Bennett, unplugged and unhinged

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Michael Bennett may have some more apologizing to do.

The Seahawks defensive end, who made waves with critical public comments of Cam Newton for which Bennett later apologized privately, gave an extended interview (along with his brother, Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett) to Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine. The entire article should be read. Appearing below are some of the comments others most likely to generate laughter, provoke thought, and/or prompt one brother or the other (or both) to issue an apology.

Martellus, on a visit to the house of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: “Once you get rich, you start collecting weird sh-t like silverware.” (Martellus and Michael both said, simultaneously, that they would collect people — for blood transfusions and kidney transplants.)

Martellus, on former teammate and Cowboys TE Jason Witten: “I hated Jason Witten. I appreciated his game, but I always hated him.”

Michael, on his willingness to be blunt: “I’m not gonna go up there and give a Russell Wilson answer.” (Michael’s criticism of Newton implicitly criticized Wilson, since Michael was calling out players who take big dollars but remain silent on social causes.)

Michael, on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: “Worst quarterback in the NFL.”

Martellus, on Cutler: “I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage.”

Martellus, on Giants QB Eli Manning: “He’s like a normal white guy you see at the park trying to teach his kids how to play soccer and you know he can’t really play soccer himself.”

Michael, on the lack of prominent players taking leadership of the union: “In the NBA, LeBron James, Chris Paul . . . they’re at the forefront. There’s no Peyton Manning standing up for the rest of the players. He’s a great player, but what has he done for the league?”

Martellus, on Rams coach Jeff Fisher: “If a QB went 7-9, he’d never be able to find a job.”

Michael, on Fisher: “Make sure he’s in the NFC West.”

Michael, on Commissioner Roger Goodell: “A–hole. Nah, I’m just joking — you can’t say that. Overpaid.”

Martellus, on Texans defensive end J.J. Watt: “Corny. Half of the NFL is corny, though.”

Michael, on Watt: “People love J.J. Watt, but they don’t really like J.J. Watt, know what I’m saying?”

And, lastly, when Michael is asked what he grows in the garden at his house in Hawaii, Marcellus leans in and drops the name of a presidential candidate.

51 responses to “Michael and Martellus Bennett, unplugged and unhinged

  1. I know I’m partial….but I do find these two to be pretty entertaining….and a whole lot better than your standard fare athlete interviews. The article was well written and funny.

  2. Michael, on the lack of prominent players taking leadership of the union: “In the NBA, LeBron James, Chris Paul . . . they’re at the forefront. There’s no Peyton Manning standing up for the rest of the players. He’s a great player, but what has he done for the league?”
    —————–
    Manning has done this: Peyton Manning established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. The PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $10 million of impact to at risk youth through its grants and programs since its inception to Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee. What have YOU 2 done? You racist dorks.

  3. They’re like South Park…they don’t care who gets upset at their comedy. Deal with it.

  4. Martellus , something tells me that assimilation into the Patriots organization will be a long, painful process for you. Good luck.

  5. niners816 says:
    Aug 3, 2016 2:08 PM
    Michael, on the lack of prominent players taking leadership of the union: “In the NBA, LeBron James, Chris Paul . . . they’re at the forefront. There’s no Peyton Manning standing up for the rest of the players. He’s a great player, but what has he done for the league?”
    —————–
    Manning has done this: Peyton Manning established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. The PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $10 million of impact to at risk youth through its grants and programs since its inception to Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee. What have YOU 2 done? You racist dorks.
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    Bennett’s question was what has Peyton done for the league not what has he done for the community. Most popular NFL players have charity foundations and programs including Michael Bennett.

  6. What’s with critiquing these two as racist? I’m the whitest guy I know, pale as a guppy’s belly, and didn’t hear anything in their comments that sounded racist. What, J.J. Watt is corny? He is. Big time. Saying Peyton Manning isn’t socially active enough? They said the same thing about Russell Wilson. And they were likening Manning to LeBron James. That’s a damn high compliment. Folks don’t dislike you because of your skin color. They dislike you because you’re touchier than Donald Trump.

    Oh, yeah, and the Bennett brothers are pretty funny.

  7. Martellus is the dumber………..I see that he is not getting a new contract that he wanted in Chicago in NE. I will bet that one season in NE and he will be off to a new team.

  8. My favorite one was the comment about Jay Cutler and when Martellus Bennett said he would be wide open and Cutler would throw into double coverage. It’s not good for NFL players say that stuff about other players, but it is funny.

  9. So much hate for two really good players, who are intelligent and who bring up real issues about the way players are treated. Why? Because they’re being themselves and haven’t changed over time due to the millions they’ve made? Because they don’t think that it’s fair that teams can just drop players like they’re nothing if they get hurt and because most contracts aren’t guaranteed at all and the player walks away with nothing? They should be praised for their candour, if anything. The NFL and its fans are so boring.

  10. I don’t agree some of the things the Bennett brothers say but I do find them entertaining. I respect the fact that they aren’t afraid to speak their minds. Not walking around speaking like politically correct robots and do not care whether their views are considered racist or absurd. Maybe they should run for President and Vice President. America needs someone that says the first thing that pops into their heads no matter how absurd or racist it may sound. Oh wait never mind someone beat them to it.

  11. Martellus, on Giants QB Eli Manning: “He’s like a normal white guy you see at the park trying to teach his kids how to play soccer and you know he can’t really play soccer himself.”

    Now reverse the races and imagine the media’s hysterical reaction to such a bigoted statement.

  12. You remember that kid in school who was always cracking jokes but no one would listen to him. He was just soooo starved for attention. Well, he has a brother.

  13. niners816 says:
    Aug 3, 2016 2:08 PM
    Michael, on the lack of prominent players taking leadership of the union: “In the NBA, LeBron James, Chris Paul . . . they’re at the forefront. There’s no Peyton Manning standing up for the rest of the players. He’s a great player, but what has he done for the league?”
    —————–
    Manning has done this: Peyton Manning established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. The PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $10 million of impact to at risk youth through its grants and programs since its inception to Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee. What have YOU 2 done? You racist dorks.

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    You misunderstood. They’re not saying high profile athletes haven’t done anything for the community. They’re saying, high profile athletes haven’t done anything for ME.

  14. thechickenexpress says:
    Aug 3, 2016 2:29 PM
    What’s with critiquing these two as racist? I’m the whitest guy I know, pale as a guppy’s belly, and didn’t hear anything in their comments that sounded racist. What, J.J. Watt is corny? He is. Big time. Saying Peyton Manning isn’t socially active enough? They said the same thing about Russell Wilson. And they were likening Manning to LeBron James. That’s a damn high compliment. Folks don’t dislike you because of your skin color. They dislike you because you’re touchier than Donald Trump.

    Oh, yeah, and the Bennett brothers are pretty funny.
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    It’s what racist pft posters do often here. If you’re a black player, and you make a comment in support of racial equality, they label them a racist. Where’s my proof? Observe how often a black player is labeled a racist. I think it’s the new racist strategy. Call them a racist before I’m labeled the same. Their comments are clearly targeting blacks. Lots of jealousy here, with young black men making millions for playing a game.

  15. Jay Cutler – correct
    Roger Goodell – correct
    Eli Manning – correct

    I’m not seeing what’s so controversial

    Hail

  16. Does anyone really disagree with anything they said? Is it news that Eli looks like a goof? No. That jay cutler sucks? That hasn’t been news for a while now. Lol this is all about who is saying it rather than what is being actually said, get out of here. And what did they say that was racist? Explain to me please.

  17. So you hated Jason Witten, a perennial pro-bowler and a soon to be hall of famer when his career is done and a class act on and off the field……..or maybe you hated him because he is a great player and you aren’t!

  18. Is it just me or are the majority of Seattle Seahawks freaking idiots? Jay Cutler isn’t anywhere close to being the worst quarterback in the NFL.

  19. “He’s like a normal white guy you see at the park trying to teach his kids how to play soccer and you know he can’t really play soccer himself.”
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    If any white person in this country started any statement with, “He’s like a normal black guy…” it wouldn’t matter the words followed after it. It would be plastered all over the media and the white guy would be hailed a racist regardless.

  20. The jealousy towards the Pats continues.

    The utter joy of other fans pretending playing in New England for legit, pro players not like Disneyworld for football junkies, is priceless.

    Absolutely priceless.

    Players rave about playing for BB in NE.

    Rave about it.

  21. “Two of the most racist and over-rated players in the league.”

    What????

    I call this masterpiece…

    “People that play the race card but hate when other people play the race card”

    You’re ridiculous dude.

  22. If any white person in this country started any statement with, “He’s like a normal black guy…” it wouldn’t matter the words followed after it. It would be plastered all over the media and the white guy would be hailed a racist regardless.

    Which is one of the problems with this country

  23. mutohasaposse

    “If any white person in this country started any statement with, “He’s like a normal black guy…” it wouldn’t matter the words followed after it. It would be plastered all over the media and the white guy would be hailed a racist regardless.”

    Not if what follows is true and funny. Truth is, a white person would not use those same exact words to describe a black person…ever…and if they did, we would all be shocked.

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    Aug 3, 2016 3:29 PM

    The jealousy towards the Pats continues.

    The utter joy of other fans pretending playing in New England for legit, pro players not like Disneyworld for football junkies, is priceless.

    Absolutely priceless.

    Players rave about playing for BB in NE.

    Rave about it.
    ============================

    Yeah they do! Well, for 1 or 2 seasons anyway. Then they’re thrown out like yesterdays garbage! Not so much raving after that. Hey Wes Welker, how bout them pats?!

  25. The Bennett brothers for President. They will make America great again! Yes they may be rich and never worked a “real” job in their entire lives but they know what’s best for working/middle class families.

  26. Michael Bennett promises that the Denver Broncos will not repeat as Super Bowl Champions. He will personally build a wall to keep Mark Sanchez out of the end zone.

  27. I don’t see the hate for these two. They’re goofy, they’re rich… they sometimes say stuff people disagree with… but isn’t that what this country is about? I mean, who gives a rip what these two guys think or say. It’s entertaining and honest so far as I can tell. Martellus was a guest on Chicago Sports Radio when he played for the Bears. I always thought his segment was entertaining and that he seemed like a genuine human being and not some sort of robot, preprogrammed humanoid like some athletes.

    They seem to be enjoying themselves, they’re not suckling at the tax payer teat, and they’re not hurting anyone. Good for them.

  28. Been a Cowboys fan all my life. Went to college with Novacek. Only Jason Witten is a better TE. When Martellus was in Dallas we had a couple of names for him: “All hat, no cattle.” and “All sizzle, no steak.” Now, even the sizzle is gone.

  29. Many professional athletes, like Hollywood actors think the American public not only listens, but believes their interviews.
    HINT: Millions of us do not listen and think you should shut up and play.
    Why do you think you have a forum.
    Shove that forum you morons with limited intelligence.
    You notice, its usually the defense players running their mouths

  30. They basically picked out a bunch of prominent white players (both mannings, whitten, watt, etc) and said they didn’t like them, and you guys ask what’s racist? It’s not the first racially insensitive remarks they’ve made either.

  31. I’m sure Bb won’t be overly pleased with Martellus & will have a behind the scene chat with him…. How Martellus responds to that discussion will do a good deal as to determine if he gets his contract extended in New England….
    BB could really care less what you think as opposed to say…..hopefully Martellus buys into that concept!!!

  32. They’re both great players. Bennett was the best player on the seahawks in the Super Bowl loss against the Patriots. They couldn’t block him. And yes Dave, the Pats get players like that on the cheap, let them go and let someone else overpay them. That’s the point, and part of why they’re the best franchise of this century. SMH.

  33. He won’t last as a Patriots, he is becoming a distraction. BB isn’t going to tolerate distractions.

  34. trollaikman8 says:
    Aug 3, 2016 4:08 PM

    Can’t wait to see Tammy berate MartyB (Week 5 at the soonest, lol) on the way to the bench after he runs the wrong 4 yard route.

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    Not judging, but I just have seen several individuals on PFT refer to Mr. Tom Brady as “Tammy” and I’m wondering if there is a form of someone being attracted to someone else where a person imagines that a man is a female? And then they go on to make up a pet name for their interest that sounds more feminine. Then the person obsesses over their newfound interest by finding articles about the person so they can use the pet name as often as possible?
    If that’s what is happening then we should all be accepting of it and not judge If it’s a bad typo then it should only happen once.

  35. finfansince68 says:
    Aug 3, 2016 8:47 PM

    the Cheech & Chong of the NFL….what a couple of dopes…just keep your mouth’s shut- play the game & make your millions…
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    Don’t put Cheech and Chong in the same category! UP IN SMOKE!!!

  36. When do we start the conversation about the obscene cultural entitlement of athletes? Nobody in our culture is more systematically over-lavished with status and social opportunity than athletes, primarily males in popular sports. Even fifth and sixth graders who excel at football or basketball, and probably even hockey and baseball, get sent to the front of the line in most social situations. Are automically pardoned for their tactlessness and transgressions. Are rewarded for contributing nothing to society except their own narcissism. The Bennett brothers, to me, believe it all. They are 100% fooled by the whole thing. The arrogance in this interview, to me, comes from decades of athletic exceptionalism and the warped reward system that comes with it. Even the Peyton Mannings and Russell Wilsons have a skewed sense of reality, based on their own lifetimes of athletic successes and the opulant rewards that come along with that. But they have enough intelligence and dignity to recognize it as a very random, fortunate mirage. You get the sense the Bennett’s could never comprehend such a thing, a world in which their athletic talent doesn’t come with a free pass in practically all areas of life. They are just a slightly different version of Johnny Manziel.

  37. davekva72 says:
    Aug 3, 2016 3:48 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Aug 3, 2016 3:29 PM

    The jealousy towards the Pats continues.

    The utter joy of other fans pretending playing in New England for legit, pro players not like Disneyworld for football junkies, is priceless.

    Absolutely priceless.

    Players rave about playing for BB in NE.

    Rave about it.
    ============================

    Yeah they do! Well, for 1 or 2 seasons anyway. Then they’re thrown out like yesterdays garbage! Not so much raving after that. Hey Wes Welker, how bout them pats?!

    17 15

    Welker was a warrior and a great player. He was recognized for that and paid well while here in NE. He wanted more and found it elsewhere, when in truth with his chronic concussion issues he should have hung his cleats up and gone into broadcasting, but that’s not what warriors do.

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