Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett complained about his contract for a couple years, with some fans calling him “greedy” despite the fact that he never held out or badmouthed the organization. To those people I say: For shame.
On Thursday, with dozens of NFL players signing deals worth millions and millions of dollars, news broke that Bennett will be donating all of his endorsement money in 2017 to rebuild minority communities.
As far as which communities he will be donating to and how that money will be spent, we don’t know yet, but this is not out of the norm for Bennett. His charity The Bennett Foundation focuses on fighting childhood obesity. He regularly hosts charity events and last year spoke out against sports stars like Steph Curry for charging hundreds and thousands of dollars to families for their camps rather than giving back to communities for free. On Wednesday, he penned an article for The Players Tribune speaking in support for women’s rights.
Bennett signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension in December. Hopefully Thursday’s announcement means that brands all over the world are lining up to have Bennett endorse their product. I’d buy it.