If it seems like Seahawk defender Michael Bennett has a habit of finding himself in situations which do not become a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner, that’s because he does.
As the captioned tweet says, here’s Seattle’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee, delivering a decidedly unsportsmanlike knee to the mid-section of a Jacksonville offensive lineman:
— Adam Clanton (@adamclanton) December 11, 2017
In this sequence, Bennett clearly tackles the player to the ground for no reason and then gives him a knee. That move resulted in Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette coming up and retaliating against Bennett, which led to a slew of ejections and penalties.
Not that Bennett was the only Seahawk social justice warrior involved in the fray. Even Seahawks head coach and noted 9/11 “Truther” Pete Carroll drew an unsportsmanlike penalty, after Carroll ran out onto the field to during one of the fights.
Carroll, notably, offered unqualified support to Bennett in a letter he posted on Twitter, after Bennett accused the Las Vegas police of racial profiling. In that same letter, Carroll took a shot at the police by accusing them of illustrating the “reality of inequality demonstrated daily;
May this incident inspire all of us to respond with compassion and courage pic.twitter.com/vtsaB8BWi5
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) September 6, 2017
However, Bennett’s side of this given that he has been nominated by the Seahawks for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, is far more interesting. Bennett, who is writing a book titled, “How to Make White People Uncomfortable,” has been one of the most outspoken anthem-protesters in the league.
Though, perhaps Bennett is best known as the player who made a completely unsubstantiated claim that the Las Vegas Police Department had racially profiled him, after he was cuffed and detained during an active-shooter investigation in Las Vegas.
Bennett alleged that the Las Vegas Police Department had singled him out, detained him, and pointed their guns at him, for no other reason than “simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Bennett also accused the LVMPD of threatening to “blow my f*ck*ng head off.”
The only problem with all this, is that Bennett’s version of events was a version other than the truth. Bennett was not detained for “simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” As video released by the LVMPD shows, Bennett was detained for acting in an extremely suspicious manner during an active shooter investigation.
Nor, according to the video, is there any evidence that anyone ever said they’d blow his f*ck*ng head off. The video also disputes several other of Bennett’s claims, such as the amount of time Bennett was detained.
Yet, despite these lies and distortions, the Seahawks still nominated Bennett for an award that is given to a player who exhibits “outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field.”
So, given the protests and the cop-smearing, add that on to the trashy cheap shots taken for no reason other than his team lost a football game, and it’s hard to see what exactly why this guy qualifies for anything other than a suspension.