Martellus Bennett continues to ruffle feathers in pro football.
The Chicago Bears tight end, who once starred for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, took a shot at Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III recently for taking to social media to address criticism following a disappointing 3-13 season.
“Redskins QB Robert Griffin III issued a statement through Facebook to his fans and critics, lame,” Bennett said on his Twitter account. “Who still has Facebook anyways? I’m going to release a statement on my MySpace Music Page.”
Bennett, 26, is a Texas native who came to the Cayman Islands in 2009 as part of a youth flag football camp staged by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association and One Tree Four Five (then called One 345 Designs). Bennett has not changed much because back then, after signing with New York following a 9-7, non-playoff season with Dallas, he said he didn’t care about other teams and had “ill feelings” towards the Cowboys and hated “everybody, honestly, in the National Football League.”
Griffin’s post addressed a number of issues, from his individuality and decision to wear certain playing equipment to the level of media exposure he attracts.
“You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead of green yesterday? Well I don’t,” Griffin wrote on Facebook. “All the press conferences and talking to the media? Mandated by the league to have a press conference every week during the season and during team activities during the off-season. Oh wait, you must be talking about the commercials? Right? Oh, ok, so what was the deal with those in 2012? We won the division.
“So in 2013 when WE get knocked down and finish last, it’s because of the commercials? If that is your reasoning, I have nothing more to say.”
Griffin has been at the center of controversy this past season for a seemingly icy relationship with former head coach Mike Shanahan and for regressing on the field in his attempt to play following major surgery last year. Shanahan was fired this month and replaced by Jay Gruden.