Former Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree is calling now-former Packer Martellus Bennett a "liar and a fraud" for suiting up for New England just days after claiming that he needed shoulder surgery while employed by Green Bay.
Crabtree was a role-playing tight end who suited up from 2010 to 2013. He caught a touchdown pass for the Packers in their 2010 wild card game at the Philadelphia Eagles. He retired in 2015 and is now does analysis on ESPN Wisconsin.
The Bennett situation is admittedly quite strange. The Packers released him for failing to disclose what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury. After that,
, claiming that the team knew about his injured shoulder when they signed him in March and refused to allow him to have surgery when he further injured it during the season. Bennett called out the Packers’ team doctor, Patrick McKenzie, by name, saying that McKenzie pressured him to play through his injury.
Those comments led to several current and former Packers rushing to McKenzie’s defense. Aaron Rodgers released a statement in support of McKenzie, as did former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. And now Crabtree went a step further, theorizing that Bennett was playing up the shoulder injury as a way to get out of Green Bay.
As much as Packers fans don't want to hear this, it's more than likely that Bennett does have an injured shoulder, which is likely playing through, argues Deadspin. The fact is, the man probably wants to catch passes from Tom Brady more than Brett Hundley. Or, there's Bennett's response: he wants revenge.