The former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett has attacked football in a series of Twitter posts in which he described the sport as “some really dangerous shit” and coaches as “small dick heroes”.
Bennett’s comments were prompted by a TMZ story that said retired NFL player Brandon Marshall wants to fight former world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, a man with 41 career knockouts.
“Honestly football made me such an angry person, everything bothered me,” wrote Bennett. “Football is interesting. Psychologically it’s some really dangerous shit. To really play the game of football you have to some fucked up wiring in your head.
“It’s chaotic. It takes years and years of brainwashing to go along with a lot of the shit. Lol. It starts at peewee [junior football]. That’s why you gotta watch who is coaching your kids and what they’re teaching them beyond the game. We were groomed from a young age to care a little less about humans.”
Bennett, who retired after the 2017 season, won a Super Bowl under Bill Belichick, one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time. However, he does not appear to have much time for the men who coach NFL.
“Most of these coaches aren’t good men,” he wrote. “Most of them are egotistical small dick heroes. They love the spotlight just as much as the players.”
Bennett, who played alongside several future hall of famers during a career that took in teams such as the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers added that “most of your favorite players aren’t good people.” However, he did have praise for one player, Jon Kitna, who spent much of his career as a back-up quarterback.
“There are some good dudes tho,” Bennett reflected. “Jon Kitna it’s probably one of the best people I’ve ever met. He’s up there with Tom Hanks.”
Bennett said that many players struggle adjusting to life after retirement and the “institutionalization of sports”.
“Integrating back into everyday society after a career continues to be a struggle for a lot of guys. The PTSD. The Identity Crisis. The pain,” he wrote. “The constant reminder of who you used to be by fans and trophies and highlights and family as you’re trying to transition into the new you really slows down the process.”
Bennett has given frank thoughts on the NFL before. In a 2016 ESPN interview, alongside his brother and fellow league veteran Michael, he said the NFL stands for “niggers for lease”. He also described then New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning as “like a normal white guy you see at the park trying to teach his kids how to play soccer and you know he can’t really play soccer himself.”