Earlier this week the Packers, who have confirmed the commonly held belief that they fucking suck without Aaron Rodgers, released tight end Martellus Bennett after saying that he failed to disclose that he had a torn rotator cuff. By doing this Green Bay has set up a grievance to get back two-thirds of Bennett's signing bonus (worth $4.2 million) from the three-year deal he signed this past March.
Though he was claimed off waivers by New England just a day after being let go, Bennett still harbors some ill will towards his ex-team, and he aired that out in public on Friday via his Instagram story. Here's everything that he said on the matter (which has to do with either electing to have surgery or trying to play through his injury) as captured by BroBible:
“The Packers examined my shoulder March 10 and cleared it. They even gave me an x-ray as well. It got worse during the season, specifically against the Cowboys so I asked to have it checked and we checked it. After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery. Now here we are. They tried to f— over me. Dr. McKenzie trying to cover his own ass. After trying to persuade me to play [through] a major injury and me choosing to get surgery.
“They have access to all my medical records. My shoulder wasn’t where it is now at the beginning of the season. I fucked it up playing for the [Packers]. Dr. McKenzie didn’t make [me] feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird. Not that he was trying to get me to play [through] it, but the way he was saying things. I didn’t trust him. So I got 3 other opinions from doctors who all said I need to get it fixed. So I decided to do that. And they decided to waive me with some bulls— excuse. Failure disclose.
“Every week we do a body evaluation sheet in the weight [room] and pretty much every week I circled my shoulder. I just kept playing but it got worse. During the bye week I got off anti inflammatories to clean my system and could really feel the pain. So I asked to examine it first day back in. And that’s when we found out it was really fucked up. They knew.
“They panicked. Thinking that I was trying to go on IR and be on their books next year. When I mentioned that I would possibly retire. So they tried to fuck me before they thought I would f— them. This was all about money. All about money. I get it. But don’t lie homie. You knew wtf was up. C.R.E.A.M. [cash rules everything around me].
In addition to his IG story, Bennett also tossed up these tweets on Thursday night where he said he'll reveal the whole story some day (which might be this? It's hard to tell):
A number of now ex-teammates have suggested that Bennett quit on the team after Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone in Week 6 against the Vikings. And, while the Packers didn't officially comment on their former tight end's claims, wide receiver Jordy Nelson did offer up a defense of the team doctor that Bennett called out by name in his version of the events:
Like we said Bennett was picked up by the Patriots on Thursday. Somewhat confusingly (given his claims) he passed their physical, participated in limited practice on Friday, and is listed as questionable for their game this Sunday against the Broncos.