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Michael Bennett Apologizes To Cam Newton For Brash Accusations

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Cam Newton was very outspoken about the senseless nature of the incident at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston where nine people were shot and killed by a young white man. While he was not exactly thinking about the NFL spread when he visited the families of the victims, he sought to act as the representative of the NFL in North and South Carolina.

The cruel act of violence took center stage during Newton’s 7-0n-7 Football tournament last month. By this time, Newton’s mantra. Every 1 Matters’ had begun to wane in popularity in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement; chief amongst the persons honored during the orientation of the Football tournament was Elijah Aschbrenner, a cancer patient whose block Halloween Party Newton crashed shortly before his death.

Considering the poignant nature of the wristbands that participants in the tournament were asked to wear, it is understandable why the Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett reached out to Newton on Sunday night to apologize.

Bennett made some waves when he accused Newton of not doing enough to bring about social change.

Bennett didn’t really single Newton out, instead attacking the greatest players in sports today, from LeBron James to Chris Paul, accusing them of sitting back and making money hand over fist even as their society crumbled.

Ever since he arrived in the NFL in 2011, Newton has endeavored to use his newfound wealth and status to change lives, his activities going unnoticed because the NFL player’s efforts are rarely publicized.

In fact, if Newberry College Linebacker Rashard Alston hadn’t tweeted about Newton’s encounter with the grief-stricken families of the Charleston victims, Newton’s visit would have gone unreported.

Alston was instrumental in Newton’s visit, helping him reach out to Chris Singleton whose mother was killed during the church massacre. According to Newton, publicizing his visit to Charleston would have been a distraction.

Newton has also continued to make calls for other sports stars to become more socially active, using their resources to change the lives of the downtrodden. Newton imputes his desire to make social change to his parents who taught him to give back to the community. Newton wasn’t as critical of his fellow players, be it in football or basketball, instead encouraging everyone to look inward because all people have the power to bring about social change if they truly wish it.

Carolina Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen hasn’t spoken out against violence, but he agrees with Newton’s efforts and has even commended Bennett for his outspoken attitude. Few people would have the courage to make their thoughts on such matters known, especially when those opinions might antagonize other players in their arena.

However, Olsen has discouraged Bennett against making so many brash statements, painting every major sports star with the same brush and presuming that they are all collectively seating on the sidelines.

Olsen also thought it dangerous for people like Bennett to suggest that all the world’s misfortunes could be solved so easily if only their fellow athletes took a more active role socially.

Olsen has a foundation that seeks to help children that have been impacted by congenital heart diseases and disorders.


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