Michael Bennett: NFL is insincere if owners still support Donald Trump

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One of the NFL’s most vocal players on issues of racial justice and police brutality isn’t ready to accept that the NFL is sincere about supporting the causes most important to him and his fellow players.

Michael Bennett, who is currently a free agent but has been in the NFL for more than a decade with the Seahawks, Buccaneers, Eagles, Patriots and Cowboys, told TheDailyBeast.com that the NFL is still a league run by several owners who have given significant money to Donald Trump, and if those owners are continuing to support Trump he doesn’t believe the league is sincere.

If you’re supporting him, then your letter is really null and void,” Bennett said.

Bennett doesn’t want to see well-crafted messages from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell unless there’s a real commitment to change along with them.

“[Goodell] saying that Black Lives Matter is almost like a slap in the face,” Bennett said. “Black talent has been exploited at a high level in the NFL. He knows Black Lives Matter, because without black players the NFL wouldn’t be as lucrative as it is.”

Bennett wants to know, “Is the intent of the NFL to really make a positive impact or is it not to be seen as if they don’t respect the players?”

Only real action over the months ahead can answer that.

124 responses to “Michael Bennett: NFL is insincere if owners still support Donald Trump

  1. Hard to argue with his points. Impossible to cognitively dissonant supporting both the president and BLM.

    And anyone who wants to argue “keep politics out of sports,” sorry, that rubicon has been crossed. You’re on the wrong side of history.

  2. When did it become proper for a football player to tell me, you or a team owner, who to vote for?

  3. Thanks for being honest Michael. Most of us know you speak the truth.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the “bully” comes after you for speaking the truth,
    or maybe some owners shun you.
    Just know that most of the country supports you.

  4. Anyone who listens to athletes and celebraties that tell them how to vote is a total moron

  5. I find it commical that not one of these so called leaders in the sports world have even tried to get an audience with the President. He is the most accessible President we’ve had and if they just tried to have a conversation with him they would have a solution or a great talking point.

    Request a meeting with Trump and discuss your issues. If he agrees to help then the solution could be just around the corner. If he doesn’t agree to help you can tell the world you tried but Trump failed to listen. However, I guess it’s just easier to bash Trump than potentially solve the problem and give him a win.

  6. Many players just made a video saying they were the NFL. Just as players can support whoever or whatever they want so can owners, coaches and staff. Whether I support the president or not is my choice and my responsibility-good, bad or indifferent. I am not always going to agree with my employer or employee but I/they need to be responsible to fulfill Whatever obligation I have towards others and to discuss and listen how that helps or hurts the relationships I have with others.

  7. Wrong. He obviously is drinking the kool-aid. Anyone that does their research will see Trump’s work for minorities and improving job rates and programs says differently. Bennett probably thinks people are unable to support Colon Kaepernick’s but disagree with the way he does it, which is also false.

  8. This is where we are, you cannot think for yourself any more, you must agree with the bully or else you will be shamed and maybe worse.

  9. It seems like every time Michael Bennett opens his mouth, a torrent of stupidity comes gushing out. This is no exception.

  10. I love how most of the mouths are guys that have made millions upon millions and pretty much their career is over ,so now they can mouth off !

  11. Michael, ask the black super stars around the league why they signed with a team who’s owner supports Trump. Did you ask Richard Sherman why he signed with the 49ers after they blackballed Kaepernick, and Eric Reid? I mean, if it really matters to you, put a list together of the voting habits of every owner, and make sure everyone sees it. Then you can take control of the situation without having to ask anyone else for help. I’m sure that information is public. People should be proud of who they voted for.

  12. It is sick for anyone to try to take political advantage of George Floyd’s murder and to try to hijack the sincere feelings of wanting to make things better in this country and convert them into political gain.

  13. Let me get this straight, you got exposed by the NFL for making 14 million a year to play a game?

  14. Dear Michael. Just play football please. Maybe this is one of the reasons you are looking for your sixth different team.

  15. Michael Bennett should just keep his racist mouth shut. Trump has did more for the black community than Obama even thought about.

  16. You don’t get to dictate someone else’s beliefs. The owners are sincere enough for a quarter of a billion, regardless of who is president. That money will make an impact. This sort of crap shows that while well intentioned, a lot of these athletes mindset is more sinister than just aiming for equality.

  17. The NFL is going to lose millions upon millions of fans and money. Keep it up morons. Michael Bennett has proved himself to be a radical in the past. He’s a dangerous man.

  18. Michael Bennett,AKA as a racist. How can he not be by the statement he made. How can you tell other people that don’t think like you racist and not be a racist yourself.Although I would miss watching my Browns I hope the NFL,NBA and MLB fold up and never return. Pro sports players are just adding to the problem by making stupid statements like the one Bennett just made.

  19. I wish my employer would exploit me to the tune of $52 MILLION over the last 10 years. Smh…

  20. Bennett has prove time and time again he is a racist, liar and massive tool. Please stop giving this uninformed clown a platform. Not even going to get political here, as he is a perfect example of the “tolerant” left.

  21. Gonna go out on a limb here and say Bennett has played for one of those owners who had paid him millions of dollars that supports Trump.

    Very insincere of them.

    When are players going to learn that pro athletes and politics don’t mix because a huge majority of fans just want to see you play. We pay to watch you, and be entertained, not for your political stance

  22. Really sick of jerks like this who think they are the arbiter of everything right. Just cancel the NFL season…most of these players couldn’t even go the length of the last work stoppage without going into massive debt despite making millions.

  23. Ok, lets see where this standard takes us. The players are insincere if they didn’t protest the death of Tony Timpa. Wow, didn’t have to go far.

  24. Oh, and sick of players whining about being exploited while being paid millions to play a game.

  25. Hey Bennett stick to football and keep your political views to yourself after reading the article I realize you can’t fix stupid

  26. Michael Bennett is a coward & liar. Not the example anyone wants for “Black Lives Matter”. He is the Al Sharpton of the NFL.

  27. Bennett’s statement is a little far fetched. I don’t know how anyone could still support this administration, but everyone is entitled to their own political preferences.

  28. Finally, a story that everyone here should be able to agree on! No matter what side of the debate you’re on, it’s self evident (see what I did there) that Donald Trump does not in any way support or believe in the Black Lives Matter movement. And, since BLM is not a fringe, but, tent pole issue, it’s Impossible to be in both camps.

    And, yes, I was kidding that this would be something we could all agree on.

  29. Good words from Michael.

    If you cant see how Trumps presidency has unraveled this country I dont know what to say. Whether you believe Trump has had a direct hand in it or not, his presence as the POTUS has caused unrest and churned the depths of pur country’s barrel.

    Its not even a lib/conservative thing anymore, he’s his presence is just toxic.

  30. Could you imagine walking into your bosses office on Monday morning and telling him/her who they must vote for if they support you as an employee and want to continue the privilege of paying your salary? In Mr Bennett’s case that salary over the course of his career has been over 58 million dollars…I guess he could afford to try that.

  31. Stop. Just stop. There are obvious issues that need to be worked on in our society, but don’t tell people how to vote. Who ever gets elected president will influence many issues. It’s much more complicated than just one issue. Examine all the issues and where each candidate stands. Then vote accordingly without being bullied into group think.

  32. Ahh yes, we must all support an even older white centrist candidate who has LESS of a grasp on reality! That’s how we’ll really change things folks

  33. Do you know what weekend is coming up? It’s the 4th of July weekend, and do you know how many shootings the city of Chicago has had over the last 3 years on the 4th of July weekend? They’ve almost 300 shootings over that one weekend over the last 3 years in the city of Chicago. I didn’t see anyone protesting those shootings, and I didn’t hear any football players demanding change in the city of Chicago, and I didn’t see any stories about the lack of leadership in that city, and I didn’t hear any coaches speaking out about those shootings….and I’m wondering why

  34. Any properly informed voter with two brain cells they can get to spark is voting against the United States best interests when casting a vote for Trump. The evidence of his racism, violence, division and corruption are everywhere right in plain site.

  35. Its always nice to here from Michael Bennett. Maybe he can focus on himself 1st and ask the question what can He do starting today to bring people of all colors together.

  36. jimcross1957 says:
    June 13, 2020 at 5:52 am
    When did it become proper for a football player to tell me, you or a team owner, who to vote for?
    ——————————————
    I missed the part where he told you whom to vote for.
    Is it proper for him to have an opinion, or no?

  37. I’m willing to bet my next paycheck that Michael Bennett couldn’t pass the written test that the U.S. gives to new immigrants that want to become citizens. So why do you and other media outlets give this clown an open forum every time he opens his mouth? I dont give a rats ass what his political agenda is because the guy is totally ignorant and yet the media acts like he’s some political scholar.

  38. Black talent has been exploited at a high level in the NFL.
    —–
    Not sure if he knows what exploited means.

  39. To clarify, these guys play the game because they want to, so to say your exploited, while getting paid millions of dollars, is BS.

  40. It seems like every time Michael Bennett opens his mouth, a torrent of stupidity comes gushing out. This is no exception.
    So what you are saying is his comments put him on equal footing with Trump. Trump needs to stay out of sports like he did with the draft.

  41. he’s asking the owners to support anarchy..looting.. and violence? Those things will never help the social problems in the world.

  42. This is not a political issue, it is an American rights issue. All of these morons that think it is, are the biggest part of the problem. What “homerx” stated above is exactly the approach that needs to take place. If you’re not willing to sit down and discuss the possibilities of how to enact change with the one person that can help the most, than you’re not really looking for a solution to the problem, you’re just looking for a fight. This one topic shouldn’t define your political views and ideas.

  43. This is the guy that lied about the police arresting him in Vegas. Not smart enough to realize the security and body cam footage would prove him to be a liar.

  44. Look at the comment votes on this board. You are in for a beating like you’ve never imagined in November Bennett…… hopefully once that happens you quit the league and never show your racist face again. Bennett has made extremely racist comments before and he’s clearly dumber than dirt.

  45. Sorry, but Michael Bennett is one of the last players I’d listen to for advice on politics and race. He’s only a hair above Antonio Brown in terms of credibility.

  46. There is an example of racism! They not only want to police your actions , but your thoughts and freedoms! Which leads to the belief that they are not looking for tolerance, but obedience!

  47. If “Exploited” is being payed millions of dollars for something that you apparently love to do…. then sign me up.

  48. If you loved your country you wouldn’t kneel during the anthem

    Sounds just as stupid

  49. Every time this idiot opens his mouth, somebody needs to put their fist or foot in it!

  50. People like Bennett close the door on discussion. If you don’t support their views then you’re wrong and you’re a racist. Sorry but that’s not how this country works. Either you’re open to a discussion and prepared to hear the other side or sit down and shut up because you’re making the divide wider.

    If you can’t defend your position in a discussion then you don’t have a position, you’re just parroting what you’ve heard from others.

  51. The idiot president is always interfering in sports and entertainment, which makes sense because he has no idea how to run government. So why is it then bad if spirts and entertainment people don’t like him, as suggested by the dislike of comments supporting Bennett? You people are hypocrites.

  52. Trump 2020!

    Trump has support of 40% of African Americans.

    This is the agenda exposed. To take advantage of a horrid murder of George Floyd to push a political agenda. No one should tell a person who to vote for. That’s what communists do. These folks have overstepped their bounds. From protest to straight rebellion. They will fail. The Almighty will deal with all of them.

  53. Angel Valle says:
    June 13, 2020 at 7:06 am
    As Americans you should support the president and government!

    No as Americans you should support the constitution

  54. Michael Bennett is a certifiable nutjob.

    The sad point is, these fools actually think they know what they are talking about, but in reality they are just ignorant.

    Read the anonymous UC Berkley letter. It clearly lays out what clear headed people have known for a long time, and obliterates the propagandists narratives destroying this country based on idiocy.

    We’re living in idiocracy folks.

  55. Talent “Exploited”… To play a game and earn millions…. Go ahead, get a normal job and earn 5 figures annually then… Nobody is forcing anyone to play a game.

  56. If Bennett wants to really understand exploitation, let him spend his life working at the wages of a typical American worker, instead of being set for life as a mega-millionaire just for playing a stupid game.

    The NFL is the haves vs. the haves, with the have-nots footing the bill.

    I say, let’s defund all of them and let them show how sincere they really are in their causes and beliefs without the incredible privilege that WE give them.

  57. sllib12 says:
    June 13, 2020 at 6:26 am
    Anyone who listens to athletes and celebraties that tell them how to vote is a total moron
    —————————————–

    Anyone who votes for a celebrity is a total moron.

  58. jmc8888 says:
    June 13, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    “Read the anonymous UC Berkley letter.” I did. It’s no wonder they chose anonymity. It’s complete garbage.

  59. It’s ok to kneel during the national anthem, burn the flag, and riot in the streets at night. However, it’s not ok to protest to go back to work in order to pay your bills. That’s not social distancing. It’s also perfectly fine to display BLM shirts and graffiti, but don’t even think about displaying It’s ok to be white or a Trump red hat anywhere you leave your home. That’s against the rules. It’s also never ok to host or attend a funeral right now, unless an individual made it on the news about having a martyr complex. If you want to establish your own country inside this one, skip school, or protest on a highway, that’s fine, but don’t you dare ever wave that Confederate flag. The majority are the ones who need to change…

  60. What a “RACIST” comment by Mr. Bennett.

    He is demonstrating a lack of compassion for the RACE of people who are less emotionally evolved for want of more developed brain neurology, and who simply lack the capacity to stop honoring a malignant narcissist with delusions of dictatorship.

    Next you know, the NFL owners will start discriminating against players from the RACE of people with flat feet and gray eyes.

  61. It’s so funny how many people feel all the worlds problems are due to 1 man, and how eliminating that 1 man will solve all that’s wrong.

    That would be like saying that all of the NFL’s problems are due to Michael Bennett.

  62. Bennett said. “Black talent has been exploited at a high level in the NFL. He knows Black Lives Matter, because without black players the NFL wouldn’t be as lucrative as it is.”

    Exploited?!?!? They get paid quite well for playing a game. How many black players in the NFL have been lifted out of poverty due to their careers in the NFL? How many of those players then turn around and use their fame and finances to help their communities (Warrick Dunn is a fine example)? I would say it is a significant number.

  63. amyisraelchai1 says:
    June 13, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    Trump 2020!

    Trump has support of 40% of African Americans.

    ————————

    I’m African American and I can count the number of people in my community I’ve met over the last 3 years who support Trump on one hand. Try again.

  64. This is the same guy who has been a notoriously awful teammate on just about every team he has been on. And his anti-police sentiment is already pretty clear.

  65. I support the First Amendment right of people like Michael Bennett and Mike Florio to express their views on this topic, even if I vehemently disagree with them. The feedback on the various posts reflects that a significant majority of the readers agree with me and not them.

  66. The trump problem will be gone next january
    —————————–
    I fervently hope that you are wrong about the election’s outcome. But in the terrifying event that you are right, would you please be the one to remind Mr. Biden each day that he is the President?

  67. footballpat says:
    June 13, 2020 at 1:50 pm
    I’m African American and I can count the number of people in my community I’ve met over the last 3 years who support Trump on one hand. Try again.

    ——————————–
    I don’t think most of them will admit it due to peer pressure. Silent majority will win out again.

  68. It’s so funny how many people feel all the worlds problems are due to 1 man, and how eliminating that 1 man will solve all that’s wrong.

    That would be like saying that all of the NFL’s problems are due to Michael Bennett.

    I think what you are missing is that the majority think it would be a great place to start. Bennett needs to remember that the NFL is a business run by businessmen whose only goal is money and the power it gives them they don’t care about anything or anyone else.

  69. Hypocrisy at it’s finest. I would like to know when all music, movies, books, etc that has racial terminology in it is BANNED as racist. You can’t have it both ways. Stop all forms of racism then. Don’t tell me some groups are allowed to use racist terms but some are not. Nobody should. Hypocrites.

  70. Does Bennett suggest who the owners can support? Because the other choice isn’t any better when it comes to issues affecting people of color

  71. Get out your popcorn because this is going to get interesting and might be the perfect storm brewing going into November. This country is already being played like fiddle by the media and with all these controversies and the pandemic being stirred together, it could be the greatest show the Left owned media has ever had the chance to manipulate-stay safe stay home…..unless you are ANTIFA or out protesting for the second week straight-you do whatever you want.

  72. For all of you saying Bennett is a racist & that he’s wrong. I understand your point of view, that is totally your opinion and i agree with your right to it.
    For one full minute consider this, Trump called for the death penalty in a full page ad for what was then called the Central Park 5. Those teenagers were exonerated & proven innocent. So that is the type of person many of you support, someone that makes outrageous baseless claims that can easily result in terrible harm. If you think thats the right person to be president, that your choice and your right.

  73. Vasteelerfan says:
    June 13, 2020 at 2:18 pm
    It’s so funny how many people feel all the worlds problems are due to 1 man, and how eliminating that 1 man will solve all that’s wrong.

    That would be like saying that all of the NFL’s problems are due to Michael Bennett.

    I think what you are missing is that the majority think it would be a great place to start. Bennett needs to remember that the NFL is a business run by businessmen whose only goal is money and the power it gives them they don’t care about anything or anyone else.

    ————————-
    Actually, Im pretty sure all the NFLs problems really are due to Michael Bennett. All of them. Even the ones from before he was born.

  74. Angel Valle says:
    June 13, 2020 at 7:06 am
    As Americans you should support the president and government!

    ______________________________________________________

    As Americans, nobody can make me, or anybody else, support either of those.

  75. If Goodell says nothing he would be roasted, but if he says BLM then it’s a slap in the face? Sounds like he’s setting up a lawsuit, call all the owners racists when he’s a free agent. That way when no one signs him he can claim the NFL colluded to keep him off of a team.

  76. And the “progressive” party chooses an even older white male candidate that has been in political office for almost 50 years. His only race calling card is he was the VP for a black president. I would love to hear Michael Bennett’s reasoning for supporting Biden.

  77. Anyone who doesn’t think this is all about politics yet is an idiot. The inmates want a one rule communist party. The Bennett brothers deserve every bad thing that will helpfully happen to them in the near future.

  78. Speak up Michael! These owners are savvy and can recognize what a train wreck they have in Trump. So if they are goig to be his Toadies they are not without blame! After all 70% of their income is generated by black players.

  79. joetoronto says:
    June 13, 2020 at 7:31 am
    This is where we are, you cannot think for yourself any more, you must agree with the bully or else you will be shamed and maybe worse

    _____________________

    Yup,that’s exactly what Donald Trump does to anyone doesn’t agree with him. Just ask anyone he’s fired and torn apart on Twitter. The list is long.

  80. Michael Bennett, the player that QUIT on his teammates.
    He is making an a** of himself. He’s proof this entire episode of protest is political.
    It’s not about police,… it’s all about their hate for Trump.

  81. The man has a right tp speak. As an American I would fight and die to protect his First Amendment rights. Anyone who says otherwise is entitled to their opinion and I would fight and die to protect their rights as well. THAT is what being an American is all about. Once we have muzzles put in place we are no better than Mother Russia or Red China.

  82. The NFL will also be insincere if it continues to allow the team in Washington to have a racist nickname. That moniker reflects systemic racism leading back to the discovery of the country. You cannot overlook this fact any longer; just like statues and names are being changed across the country given both their direct and indirect racist nature, this overt racist name must be eliminated immediately. How can any player on that team who is advocating for systemic change put on that uniform without feeling that they continue to support the current state of oppression in the country.

  83. This guy apparently lives in a shell somewhere. He knows absolutely zero about politics and what’s happening, yet continues to show his ignorance with every comment.

  84. Everything is about Trump. Everything. There is no one in my lifetime who has been more important. Even his Twitter typos matter more than anything Barack Obama ever said.

  85. Aloha,
    I have to assume this site is plagued by mindless bots or by Russian trolls who wish to screw with the minds of Americans, or by people who can only get attention by vile controversy. Or mindless people who jumble words and then add an exclamation point!
    Lets see: Many black players assert, and an increasing number of white players and coaches now agree, that blacks are obviously discriminated against in America and by the American Justice System.

    But somehow, about 75 % of the commenters on this site say they are crazy, evil, moronic communists?

  86. “I find it comical that not one of these so called leaders in the sports world have even tried to get an audience with the President. ”

    I find it comical that you don’t know that these freemasonic puppets are just puppeting along with the plan for world government. They don’t care about racism. The know america isn’t racist. They just want power. and world government will be the ultimate power. It would already be here if Trump had lost in 2016

  87. So wait…I keep hearing, from the media and the proesters, these protests are about police brutality. It’s not a political issue it’s a human rights issue.

    Now you can’t support Trump and be against police brutality. When did he come out as pro-police brutality?

  88. Bennett is a total hate filled idiot. I’m ashamed that he wore the star on his helmet for a few unproductive games. He should be a man and learn to stand on his own two feet.

  89. I support Donald Trump, standing for the National Anthem, and believe criminals ought to obey the cops when they get caught.

  90. Of course they support Trump, they just have to act like they “care” to protect the brands.

  91. : Many black players assert, and an increasing number of white players and coaches now agree, that blacks are obviously discriminated against in America and by the American Justice System.
    —————
    They assert it, but all the facts point to their assertions being false. Black people have just learned that histrionics and intimidation can guilt stupid whites into going along with whatever grift is prevalent at the moment.

  92. How about this: we have two services before each game. One, for the flag. Two, in support of our fight to remove the causes of racism. This removes the conflict of kneeling. Or any other suggestion that compromises or otherwise allows both sides and the fans to get back to rooting for their team. Have some sociologists explain why human nature requires humans to get self respect by feeling superior to another human being. Only then can racism be eliminated because all things being equal the color of ones skin is the last visible yardstick. Amen and God save the Queen.

  93. the one thing that is so obvious
    if you are black and your are voting Republican
    you must be a total idiot
    watch to much FOX news
    or are brainwashed
    Black is still a second class citizen in America
    and opportunities are few and far between
    So wise up, don’t listen to the racist fools who would still keep you shackled
    Micheal says it all, you just have to listen

  94. Bennett is the one who lied about police brutality. He is the least credible person there is. And like I predicted, this is about the election, not about Floyd. Much of this is orchestrated to emotionally manipulate African Americans to go to the polls to vote against Trump.

  95. Bennett and Kaepernick are among the least oppressed and exploited Americans. We have issues with race that need to be examined, however where else could these fools have gotten a free college education and made more money in a year than most make in a lifetime all for being able to throw a ball or tackle. So sorry you have been held back in life.

  96. Donald Trump never said he was for police brutality or police illegally shooting black people. He had been very outspoken on this issue. He has made many reforms in the criminal justice system that black leaders have been asking for. Trump believes we should respect the flag. We can respect the flag and reform policing and hold bad cops accountable. We can do that.

  97. doug ablitt says:
    June 13, 2020 at 9:40 pm
    the one thing that is so obvious
    if you are black and your are voting Republican
    you must be a total idiot
    watch to much FOX news
    or are brainwashed
    Black is still a second class citizen in America
    and opportunities are few and far between
    So wise up, don’t listen to the racist fools who would still keep you shackled
    Micheal says it all, you just have to listen

    ————————————————————————-

    Democrat party was the party of slavery, Jim Crow, Separate but Equal, started the KKK.

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