Martellus Bennett has never been shy about sharing his thoughts and opinions on a variety of subjects, whether you like it or not.
ESPN the Magazine captured that in a piece during which the writer, Mina Kimes, spent the day with both Martellus and his brother, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael. The very first quote from the new Patriots tight end that appeared in the article might have been an eye opener for some.
Martellus asked, "Do you know what the NFL stands for?" One might immediately assume he was referring to the most common acronym for the NFL: "Not For Long." But Bennett said it means "N----- For Lease.”
After giving a very lengthy, informative and entertaining press conference following Wednesday’s practice, I caught Martellus on his way out to ask him about that comment. He had yet to see the piece, so I informed him of the quote and it’s placement in the story. The 29-year old didn’t back down.
"It’s just what it says," he said, "Not For Long."
But, I reminded him, that’s not the way he choose to describe it. Bennett doubled down on the "lease" metaphor.
"Yeah, it’s just like a car," he explained, "running the miles up and then you turn it in."
Based on his word selection, I asked if Bennett was specifically talking about African-American players or if "that goes for everybody?"
"That goes for everybody," he said.
Based on our interactions with Bennett thus far, and his quote today -- "No one asked me to be anybody else besides myself, and I think that’s one of the biggest things, the freedom to be who I am." -- he'll be a sought-after player for other off-the-field topics down the road.
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