Michael Bennett Cancels Israel Visit After Minister Announces Intention To Use Them

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 02/15/17 02:12AM EST

Michael Bennett backed out of a scheduled week-long trip to Israel sponsored by the Israeli government. Rumors claim that the government minister announced its intention to use him and other players to influence and improve the country's image in the international arena.

Michael Bennett Backs Out Of Sponsored Israel Trip

According to The Nation, Michael Bennett's decision has set off a media frenzy and appears to have inspired at least one other player to walk away from the tour as well. The move is not surprising, considering Michael Bennett's commitment to social justice and black empowerment. He said: "I'll be done playing football someday, but I'll be black forever."

In the interview with Zirin, a columnist from the The National, Bennett said about the importance of leaving a legacy beyond sports. He said: "I feel like if I die and the only thing that people talk about is the Pro Bowls the Super Bowl championship, I feel that people are discrediting me as a person because, at the end of the day, I want my legacy to be what I did in the community. What did people see? Was he a man of his word? Was he the type of man that when he said he did something, he'd go out and do it? That's the kind of person I want to be remembered as. To me, records are going to be broken, but the legacy you leave, it can't be broken because it's the truth, it's the foundation, it's me."

SB Nation reported that Bennett, who was playing for the Seattle Seahawks, expressed his support for Palestinians and said he was unaware when he agreed to the trip that that was the Israeli government's expectation. Bennett insisted he will not be used in such a manner.

Bennett posted on tweeter: "When I do go to Israel - and I do plan to go - it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives."

According to Fox Sports, Michael Bennett isn't afraid to open his eyes and his mouth to say something real to all of us. What they say, what they wear, and what they do during the National Anthem matters more now than ever before.

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