Michael Bennett and Stephen A. Smith both are very outspoken and opinionated, so it should come as no surprise that a disagreement between the two has devolved into a full-fledged beef.
Bennett said recently that he thought his team, the Seattle Seahawks, would be a perfect fit for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who’s been a very polarizing figure over the last year because of his decision to sit during the national anthem as a way to protest social inequality. Smith was critical of Bennett’s stance, pointing out on Wednesday’s episode of ESPN’s “First Take” that Kaepernick didn’t vote during the 2016 election despite his protests and social work.
Smith’s criticism didn’t sit well with Bennett, who fired back on Twitter.
The back-and-forth drew national attention, with Smith doubling down by saying he didn’t feel like he said anything disrespectful toward Bennett. That prompted the Seahawks defensive end to release the following statement Thursday on Twitter:
It’s hard to imagine either Smith or Bennett backing down, so this could wind up being a classic case of two boisterous individuals having to agree to disagree.
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