Michael Bennett Fires Back at Stephen A. Smith For Criticizing Him For Supporting Kaepernick

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The feud between Michael Bennett and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith took another step on Thursday.

The Seattle Seahawks defensive end stated on Tuesday how Seattle would be the ‘perfect place‘ for Colin Kaepernick to continue his career.

“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett told John Clayton and Gee Scott on 710 ESPN Seattle. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? So I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.

“I think that Kaepernick getting the opportunity to be on our team would be really cool, would really be a good place for him because you have a coach like coach [Pete] Carroll who is up for challenges like that. You have an owner who spends and gives back to the homeless. You’ve got players on your team that give back in the community. You’ve got Russell Wilson, who shows that our team is built around community. So this is a perfect place for him.

On Wednesday’s edition of ESPN’s “First Take,” Smith took issue with Bennett supporting Kaepernick, mainly because even though he took part in the National Anthem protest, he didn’t even bother to vote during the presidential election.

Later that day, Bennett fired back at Smith with a series of tweets.

Stephen A. wasn’t fazed by Bennett’s comments and refused to apologize for comments about the situation during Thursday’s edition of ‘First Take’:

Bennett then posted a lengthy reply to Stephen A. following that First Take segment:

Despite your words, I want this interaction to be positive. We can agree on one thing, voting is important, and I never said it wasn’t. But, it’s so easy to talk on television and not get your hands dirty actually doing the real work. It’s so easy to divide people by playing on fears and lies instead of trying to highlight the hard work that athletes do in the community. I know by responding to you I’m just making your job easier by giving you something else to yell about tomorrow, but you are spreading so much ignorance that it’s hard to be silent. You tell us we don’t know anything, but we stand alongside people who have dedicated their lives to try and make change. We’re stepping out on our platform to make a real, substantial impact, while you play the clown. You say we don’t know anything, yet we are the ones sitting down and talking with Angela Davis, John Carlos and community activists you don’t even know. These are people whose respect we care about a great deal more than someone who gets paid for just being loud. I have spent countless hours in minority communities from orphanages in Haiti to juvenile detention centers in this country, building community gardens so our young people living in “food deserts” without anywhere to buy food other than a corner store, have better nutrition. Please be a better person- other than someone who is just all talk and no action. I encourage you to join me, in person and checkbook, and help build up our communities.

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