This is a huge Michael Bennett house. In fact, this is a huge Martellus Bennett house. This house is all about the Bennett’s.
How many other guys are going to come on the show to talk about his meals and then crack on Brandon Mebane for his breakfast order the way Michael did back in the day?
Or because he’s pretty much the only guy in the league who’s willing to talk about his policy of no sex on Wednesday nights.
But the reason I’m Team Bennett isn’t just because Michael and Martellus are funny and say what’s on their minds, it’s because they think and they say what’s on their minds.
And what’s on Michael’s mind right now is what is happening in America and the fact that he didn’t stand for the national anthem before the preseason game against the Chargers and does not intend to stand for the national anthem this season. And before you get angry about his actions, listen to the thoughts behind them.
“Charlottesville had a lot to do with it but I think it’s just the journey of who I am as a person. I think everybody has a time where they feel like they need to be who they are and stand up for what they believe in.”
And before you crack on him for sitting and disrespecting the flag and the military, hear him out on that as well.
“First of all, I want people to understand that I love the military. My father’s in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American. But I don’t love segregation. I don’t love riots or oppression. I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve. And I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message of that.”
He knows he’s going to face backlash, but he’s willing to take that on. He’s going into this eyes wide open and knowing what might come from it.
“I’m being vulnerable right now. There’s a whole bunch of people sitting at home judging me, but they will never get to this point where they can be vulnerable. Let people attack me because they don’t believe what I believe in, but at the end of the day, I’m being vulnerable to show every person that no matter [what] you believe in, keep fighting for it. Keep fighting for equality. Keep fighting for oppressed people. And keep trying to change society.”
Bennett has been walking the walk in that department for a while now and he’s going to keep on doing it.
“I hope that I can activate everybody to get off their hands and feet and go out into the communities and push helping each other. Sit down with somebody that’s the opposite sex, sit down with somebody that’s the opposite race, different religion and understand that people are different and go out and join the community and try to change the society, change what you’re a part of. If you don’t like it, keep changing it.”
Colin Kaepernick might not have a gig right now, but the conversation he started continues, whether people like it or not.