Earlier this week, Packers released TE Martellus Bennett after he failed to “disclose a medical condition.”
Bennett then found himself resigning with the Patriots but before moving on from Green Bay, Bennett gave his side of the story about his time with the Packers with a ‘NSFW’ rant on Instagram.
Here’s the full transcript via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky
The packers examined my shoulder on my visit March 10 and cleared it. They even gave me an xray 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 fuck over me. Dr. McKenzie trying to cover his own ass. After trying to persuade me to play thru 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 feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird. Not that he was trying to get me to play thru 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 bullshit excuse. Failure disclose.
Every week we do a body evaluation sheet in the weight 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 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 fuck them. This was all about money.
All about money. I get it. But don’t lie homie. You knew wtf was up.
I had intentions of playing all 8 games as I mentioned in the post during the bye week, but found out it was worse than I felt after getting it checked out.
Now I’m like fuck it.
I chose my health over the “team”. They chose money over me.
Bennett has participated in practice with the Patriots since signing and is listed as questionable to play this weekend.
Immediately following Bennett’s claim, Packers WR Jordy Nelson took to Twitter to dispute what the now former Packers TE was saying:
— Jordy Nelson (@JordyRNelson) November 10, 2017
But he wasn’t the only one to come out in support of the Packers’ medical team:
In 9 years of working with Doc McKenzie he never pressured me to play one time. In fact, I️ would argue that I️ pressured him to let me play at times.
— John Kuhn (@kuhnj30) November 10, 2017