New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has called out several other NFL players this fall, but he saved some of his harshest criticism for former Dallas Cowboys teammate — and Tennessee alum — Jason Witten this week.
“Witten didn’t talk to me when I was in Dallas,” Bennett said in an ESPN E:60 interview. “He didn’t help me. Very rarely did we talk. I hated him. I hated Witten.”
The pair were in Dallas together from 2008-2011, during which time Witten caught 348 passes and Bennett caught 81.
Asked multiple times for a rebuttal to Bennett’s remarks on Thursday, Witten did not offer anything nearly as controversial as his former teammate.
“Martellus probably wanted his opportunity and to be able to go play and I get that,” Witten told DallasNews.com. “I don’t know where all that (hatred) really kind of stems from.”
He added: “[Former Cowboys tight end] Dan Campbell didn’t want to give me his job, and he was a great leader. It’s just competition within a team.”
Both Witten, 34, and Bennett, 29, are having strong seasons.
Witten has caught 24 passes from former Mississippi State star Dak Prescott for 232 yards, while Bennett has 21 catches for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns from a trio of New England Patriots quarterbacks.
This past weekend, he caught 3 touchdowns from the newly-reinstated Tom Brady in Cleveland.
He and his brother, Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael, have shared their negative opinions on plenty of other players, too. In the same E:60 interview this week, Martellus trashed all of his ex-teammates and coaches from the Chicago Bears, calling them “b—-es.”
Back in August, Michael told ESPN that Chicago’s Jay Cutler is “the worst quarterback in the NFL.” Martellus said the New York Giants’ Eli Manning “is like a normal white guy you see at the park trying to teach his kids how to play soccer and you know he can’t really play soccer himself.”
Check out both incendiary interviews below: