In the immediate aftermath of the incident that happened in Las Vegas, Martellus Bennett was the first to get a phone call from his brother Michael telling him the altercation he had just had with police where he had a gun pointed at his head and was told he would get it blown off if he moved.
The Green Bay Packers tight end saw the video of the incident involving his sibling for the first time on Wednesday, just like everybody else, and it was just too much for him to handle. He reportedly had to excuse himself from a meeting room at Lambeau Field as the team get set to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
“I didn’t even know there was a video,” Martellus said. “I had to walk out of meetings because I broke down crying, just thinking about what could have happened, what could have been. It was just so close. You never know these days.”
Martellus spoke at length about the incident and halfway through, his emotions got the best of him and he broke down crying.
“Sometimes, a hug is the best thing you can give,” Martellus said as his voice cracked. “I mean, I don’t really know, really — you know what I’m saying? I don’t really have the answers. You just think, ‘What if?’ You know? Two seconds this way, two seconds that way, the whole thing is different. So for me, I’ll just be happy to see my brother, because there’s a chance I couldn’t see him.”
“I’m very proud of Michael and the way that he handled it,” Martellus said. “There’s a lot of guys who told him not to say anything. It may be a distraction. You don’t need to say anything. You’re alive, you lived through it, why tell anyone your story? For me, I think that’s the wrong way to go about it. I think his letter, it was eloquent. You had to empathize with the side of the story that he was telling, what happened to him.”
Michael Bennett, himself, couldn’t contain his emotions when speaking about the incident to reporters on Wednesday, but made it clear that people who questioned why he was protesting the National Anthem got their answer today.