Jermichael Finley tells athletes to “leave personal opinions about race and politics alone”

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Jermichael Finley pitted himself against Michael and Martellus Bennett on Monday with a since-deleted tweet about Michael Bennett’s anthem protest.

“Athletes are looked up to & serve as roll [sic] models, leave personal opinions about race and politics alone. Do what you get paid to do & play!” Finley tweeted, not mentioning Bennett by name.

Michael Bennett, a Seahawks defensive end, sat during the national anthem over the weekend and said he plans a season-long protest. Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch also sat during the anthem.

Finley and Martellus Bennett played on the same AAU basketball team in Houston. Bennett was a five-star football recruit out of high school, ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 1 tight end and No. 8 best player in the 2005 prospect class, while Finley was a four-star recruit in the same class.

Finley, who played at the University of Texas, is a former Packers tight end. Michael and Martellus Bennett played at Texas A&M, and Martellus Bennett is the current Packers tight end.

Martellus Bennett’s response to Finley wasn’t exactly friendly: “What role are you modeling?”

Finley tweeted twice more after deleting the initial tweet. “But is it for selfish reason (marketing). Or is it FOR REAL that they care,” Finley tweeted before making light of the “roll” in his initial tweet by adding, “‘Role Model’ for all u smart people.”

Packers defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joined the Twitter fight, replying to Martellus Bennett about Finley, “Don’t waste your time bra bra. Might roll over his head.”

36 responses to “Jermichael Finley tells athletes to “leave personal opinions about race and politics alone”

  1. It’s not somehow that these protests ‘spoil’ football or sports in general. It’s that by willfully bringing them into sports, the refuges from the race and politics arguments get far smaller by taking this one too.

    Especially when one side argues points that have no statistical support. Period. End. They argue ‘feelings’ which are subjective and unable to be used to form a consensus.

  2. And this is the one thing that pro-Anthem protesters fail to understand: just like having the freedom to protest the issues that our country currently face, one also has the right to say that doing so is fundamentally wrong. Ask any current or former NFL coach, player, executive: Do you want distractions on your team? Do you want an individual bringing a plethora of non-football attention to your team and to your organization?

    If NFL players truly want to make a difference for society, to help positively change our country for the better, it is truly in their best interest to stick to football and play their hearts out every Sunday. Frankly, our country needs a good distraction from all the awful political manuevering on both sides.

  3. It takes a lot of courage to do what Bennet, Kap, and Lynch are doing. I wouldn’t imagine all would like or support it.. It’s easy to say just keep your opinions to yourself, play ball.. do what you get paid to do etc. I think sports can sometimes in a good or bad way distract us from real issues.

  4. People who understand history know that you have to stand up and stop hatred before it gets out of control. Unless, of course you’re on the wrong side of hate. Read about the early days of Hitler before he got too powerful. Don’t be afraid to learn something. Hitler wasn’t back in the olden days. Just as the last of the World War II veterans are dying off, here we go again. We’re all too young to remember, but that’s what history books are for. Finley is too young to remember, and obviously isn’t a reader.

  5. What a conundrum
    Nation is divided in the middle
    Athletes protest about the topic, half the nation hates them
    Nfl execs hate the protest as they think the part of the nation that hates the protestors will stop watching nfl.
    Athletes who do advocate not protesting, the other half of the nation hates them for saying that.
    Nfl execs hate this as they think the other half will not watch nfl

  6. Ridiculous. The country is full of uber wealthy influence peddlers that mostly keep in the background yet because an athlete, actor or other entertainer has a high level of success a lot of people expect them to keep their mouths shut. Which goes entirely against the flag, constitution and the rights a lot of people suggesting they shutup profess to have a lot of respect for. If you’re telling them to shutup and keep their opinions to themselves then you actually have no respect for this country.

  7. Hundreds of NFL players think the protesting is disgusting. They can’t say anything because vicious evil people will destroy them for having a valid opinion.

    No one hates freedom of speech more than Democrats if that speech is directed against them.

  8. There should be a minimum IQ requirement for anyone who wants to discuss political issues. 95% of those who currently do would be silenced.

    Are you a football player or an activist? Be an activist on your time, not our time.

  9. rdb2022 says:
    What a conundrum
    Nation is divided in the middle
    Athletes protest about the topic, half the nation hates them
    ———–
    12% of the country is not half. Sorry.

  10. People post their opinions on political matters all the time. Why shouldn’t athletes? Don’t like it/don’t agree? The answer is easy: don’t read about it. Skip the article.

    Instead, you read it, get mad, and comment. Meanwhile, they don’t care if you like it or not. LOL

  11. Luncj is being brave how? Last I checked he was stuffing his ugly face with a banana during the anthem. You ask him why/ what he’s protesting it’s not like he would/could articulate a reason.

    If these guys want to protest fine but I would really like the media to expose most of these frauds with some hardball questions why/what they are protesting. You ask them and they talk in generalities and cliches which tells me they are full of $h!t and its just an attention grab.

    If you are going to interrupt our escape from the absurd political reporting being shoved down our throats in our day off, you can at least enlighten us as to why you have chosen to annoy us.

  12. I think every person is entitled to their opinion. However, I think an employer is fully entitled to regulate how a person voices that opinion while on company time. That’s how it works in the corporate world, and that’s how it should work in the NFL, as far as I’m concerned.

    If and NFL owner wants to allow their employee to voice political opinion while on the job, so be it, but I believe they also should have the power to tell their employees to leave their opinions silent until they are on their own time.

  13. If only Cassius Clay had opted not to protest and just kept to boxing….he might never have changed his name to Muhammad Ali. And probably would never have given up the prime years of his boxing career to protest a minor thing like the Viet Nam War.

  14. I generally have zero interest in Green Bay or their players, but I’m in 100% agreement here. I do not respect the notion that pro athletes use their ‘platform’ for social issues. Like many, sports is a getaway from that stuff, and especially now. Are you listening Florio?

  15. I’d like a poll conducted at the next packer game for season ticket holders from the Lombardi years if they even know what twitter is or have ever even tweeted a thing.

  16. Florio, you got a mention in a very common sense article on Breitbart regarding the supposed blackballing of Kaepernick. I doubt that you will read it though, much less link to it.

  17. I say if Lynch, & who ever else does not want to participate in the National Anthem, let them sit/kneel whatever, in the locker room with no camera’s on them at all until it is over…

    Last year the media focus on this every game to see who was going to kneel. Then, they made sure to show it 3 or 4 times during the game. I am tired of the media’s agenda.

  18. hexy27 says:
    August 14, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    Hundreds of NFL players think the protesting is disgusting. They can’t say anything because vicious evil people will destroy them for having a valid opinion.

    No one hates freedom of speech more than Democrats if that speech is directed against them.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you can yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater.

  19. knowledgeoverpower says:

    It takes a lot of courage to do what Bennet, Kap, and Lynch are doing. I wouldn’t imagine all would like or support it.. It’s easy to say just keep your opinions to yourself, play ball.. do what you get paid to do etc. I think sports can sometimes in a good or bad way distract us from real issues.

    ^^^^

    I don’t think it takes any courage at all to do what “Bennet, Kap and Lynch” are doing.

    I would respect them if they actually did something positive for what they believe. Maybe like go out and actually do something away from the TV cameras to try and change the world.

    Or maybe take some of their wealth and put it towards programs that might help eliminate the problems of the world.

    But that would take real courage to do. These guys are all “Paper Lions”.

  20. I don’t think it takes any courage at all to do what “Bennet, Kap and Lynch” are doing.

    I would respect them if they actually did something positive for what they believe. Maybe like go out and actually do something away from the TV cameras to try and change the world.

    Or maybe take some of their wealth and put it towards programs that might help eliminate the problems of the world.

    But that would take real courage to do. These guys are all “Paper Lions”.
    ————————

    Lol, you mean like the multiple charitable contributions they have made? Research some of the things Marshawn has done in his community with his wealth then tell me again how he doesn’t do positive things.

  21. The Bennett Brothers are a cancer.
    =====

    Michael Bennett is EXACTLY what these Packers are missing.

    Physically and mentally tough, abundantly productive, no nonesense leader.

  22. I don’t think it takes any courage at all to do what “Bennet, Kap and Lynch” are doing.

    I would respect them if they actually did something positive for what they believe. Maybe like go out and actually do something away from the TV cameras to try and change the world.

    Or maybe take some of their wealth and put it towards programs that might help eliminate the problems of the world.

    But that would take real courage to do. These guys are all “Paper Lions”.
    =====

    Worst post I’ve read in quite awhile.

    Educate yourself.

    Here is a peice the Seahawks did on Lynch;

    http://www.seahawks.com/news/2015/07/15/marshawn-lynchs-legacy-will-be-linked-oakland-area-youth-they-love-him-they-love-him

    And an NFL Net peice on Bennett;

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000795113/article/michael-bennett-donating-his-2017-endorsement-money-to-charity

    Paper lions my @ss.

  23. What a conundrum
    Nation is divided in the middle
    Athletes protest about the topic, half the nation hates them
    Nfl execs hate the protest as they think the part of the nation that hates the protestors will stop watching nfl.
    Athletes who do advocate not protesting, the other half of the nation hates them for saying that.
    Nfl execs hate this as they think the other half will not watch nfl
    =====

    Well said.

    Thats the best summation I’ve read about all of this.

  24. Why do we get all wound up one way or another in the first place?

    I honestly don’t care what they say. They play a kids game and make ridiculous bank all while having virtually no life skills at this point in their life other than how to play said professional sport. I really don’t see how any normal person takes their Twitter posts or rants for anything more than more entertainment.

    In my opinion,

    When your done playing, go out and do something worthwhile and support a cause. Or support a cause without having to showcase it on the playing field like most athletes do. I wouldn’t know or care who you are if you weren’t good at a sport so why do you as a player think I will base my life decisions around your opinion?

    At least then I don’t have to wonder why you break out a “cause” to make waves while your football skills are diminishing or you’re sitting the bench. I do respect the young rookie player that does charitable events without having to make a big scene about it.

    The flag sit is more “look at me” than “look at the issue”.

  25. “beerbratscheese says:
    August 14, 2017 at 10:12 pm
    I think every person is entitled to their opinion. However, I think an employer is fully entitled to regulate how a person voices that opinion while on company time. That’s how it works in the corporate world, and that’s how it should work in the NFL, as far as I’m concerned.

    If and NFL owner wants to allow their employee to voice political opinion while on the job, so be it, but I believe they also should have the power to tell their employees to leave their opinions silent until they are on their own time.”
    _____________________________
    1) When your employer starts bringing in live entertainers everyday to perform the national anthem before you start work, and makes you stand up from your $14.00 double-shot latte and $15.00 designer-cinnamon bun to participate, you might have a valid comparison. Until then, you don’t!

    2) You say “I believe they also should have the power to tell their employees to leave their opinions silent until they are on their own time.”

    You can’t win a valid point when you start with a faulty premise. Think about your comment: NFL owners own (OWN) their players and hold all the power contained within their contracts – contracts that can be torn up any time on an owners’ whim. So the owners DO in fact have that power. But they only ever exercise that power on “fringe” players, because they would never do anything to harm their teams’ chances. The fact that that makes them hypocrites doesn’t enter into this argument.

  26. “Packers defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joined the Twitter fight, replying to Martellus Bennett about Finley, “Don’t waste your time bra bra.”

    “Bra bra”! Is that shorthand for “tit-head”?

  27. Lol gotta loves these people who say “I’d support it more if they did something positive for the community and did things like this away from the camera”. Lynch and Bennett are two players who run two different free camps to teach kids football, give shoes and lunched for kids that can’t afford it. Ym

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