Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett becomes the first example of the teams' new get-tough on players behaving badly. The team has fined Bennett $22,000 for a profanity-laced rap released early this week on You Tube—quickly pulled off after 23,000 views—where he made derogatory jokes about blacks, gays and getting owner Jerry Jones’ "money."
Bennett hit all the stereotypical notes of ghetto fabulous culture in the amateurish freestyle rap to the song "Get Money." Wearing an autographed Cowboys helmet in the video and displaying a bottle of alcohol, the professional football player used excessive used profanity, regularly invoked the N-word, and, reports Outsports, "in rhyming something with quarterback Tony Romo, he came up with, 'Never been broke, I ain’t never been a homo.' "
The 21-year-old player released a "non-apology apology"—another silly attempt after the jump—on his YouTube channel. Bennett blames the media for blowing it out of proportion and says it was "just a song." Transcript via Outsports.
I wasn’t using guns, it was all in fun
I mean come on dog, it was just a song
The one crazy verse, it could have been worse
I mean I did curse, but I didn’t see a hearse.
Even stars burst.
I mean, I’m 21, which is no excuse
It did make the news, but the way they spoke
Man it wasn’t true
Now they talkin bad about my attitude.
"Among non-apology apologies, this was a classic," notes Outsports' Cyd Zeigler. "He’s sorry if anyone was hurt by it, but if you were hurt by it, you just took it wrong and it’s your fault that he’s getting into trouble."
The tight end's video antics cap an embarrassing season for the football team once known as "America's team." Bennett has a solid season on the field—he caught 20 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns—but his laissez faire attituide, not-so-smart mouth, and, refusal to own up to his mistakes continue to be a problem. Sure, Martellus Bennett is only 21-years-old...but if he's old enough to wear the team helmet and cash millions of dollars in checks, he's old enough to take some responsibility.
After the jump, Martellus Bennett's rap "apology".