“I’ll tell y’all everything one day,” Martellus Bennett tweeted after the Packers waived him on Thursday.
That day came just 24 hours later, when the tight-end ripped his former team on Instagram, criticizing Green Bay for how it dealt with his torn rotator cuff. The Packers had said Bennett failed to disclose a medical condition.
“The packers examined my shoulder on my visit March 10 and cleared it,” Bennett, who was picked up by the Patriots and was at practice Friday, wrote in a series of posts. “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…”
Bennett alleged that the Packers’ team doctor, Dr. Pat McKenzie, didn’t make him “feel safe” about his shoulder and lost trust in the doctor after McKenzie’s assessment of the shoulder made him skeptical.
“I got 3 other opinions from doctors who all I said I need to get it fixed,” Bennett wrote. “So I decided to do that. And they decided to waive me with some bulls–t excuse.”
Bennett added that he asked for a re-examination after the Packers’ bye week, which is when, he said, he and the team found out that his shoulder was “really f–ked up.” Along with his shoulder complications, Bennett said the team was panicking over his possible retirement and was concerned about paying out the remaining $ 13.6 million on Bennett’s contract.
Martellus Bennett goes off on the Packers during an Instastory on Friday.
“This was all about money. All about money. I get it. But don’t lie homie. You knew wtf was up,” Bennett wrote. “I chose my health over the ‘team.’ They chose money over me.”
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson came to Dr. McKenzie’s defense Friday.
“In 10 years of being with the Packers organization and having multiple injuries and surgeries, I have never once felt pressured to play in a game,” Nelson wrote on Twitter. “If anything, I have had to try and convince Dr. McKenzie and the athletic trainers to allow me to practice or play in a game.
“Dr. McKenzie is very cautious about putting players back on the field with an injury and always puts the player’s health before the team.”
The Patriots were quick to pick Bennett up off of waivers shortly after his release, and he reportedly passed his physical and practiced with the team on Friday, despite claiming on Instagram that he wanted to undergo surgery while on the Packers. He is listed as questionable for New England’s matchup against Denver on Sunday.