- The Washington Times
Thursday, March 14, 2019

After being traded to the New England Patriots, defensive end Michael Bennett told ESPN that he’s looking forward to playing with quarterback Tom Brady and being coached by Bill Belichick

But he also wants to talk to them about their political views.

Brady and Belichick are both believed to be supporters of President Trump. Brady once had a “Make America Great Again” in his locker and Trump read off a letter from Belichick at a political rally. 

“I think it’s important not to run away from those conversations, or not hear their ideas about why they think the way they do,” Bennett told ESPN.

“I think it’s an opportunity for growth to have those conversations,” he added. “If we don’t allow ourselves to have those conversations, we’re stunting our growth.”

Bennett is heavily involved in social justice activism and co-authored a book last year called “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.”

The 11-year NFL veteran also recently said he plans to remain in the locker room for the playing of the national anthem. He has Michael“>consistently supported Colin Kaepernick and sat during the national anthem in 2017. 

Despite his political differences, Bennett said he was “excited” to join the Patriots.

From a football perspective there’s a respect for Belichick,” Bennett said. “I consider him the Yoda of football when it comes to the ins and outs of what’s happening around how to prepare for a game.”

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