Green Bay Packers' Martellus Bennett doesn't care about your fantasy football team

By Alex Butler   |   Sept. 1, 2017 at 4:34 PM
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Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Tight end Martellus Bennett wants the world to know that he doesn't care about your fantasy football team.

The Green Bay Packers newcomer took to Twitter Friday afternoon to discuss the insanely popular game.

Bennett, who joined the Packers in March on a three-year, $21 million pact, says he's a "real life football guy."

"I don't care about your fantasy football team," Bennett tweeted. "Thanks! Sincerely real life football guy."

Yahoo Sports fantasy football writer Liz Loza then questioned Bennett's sentiment, tweeting: "That's low. You're one of the coolest/most savvy brand managers in this business. Gotta recognize how fantasy grows your visibility/reach."

Bennett questioned Loza's response.

"Low? It's the truth," Bennett tweeted. "My truth. Visibility and reach for what? People who play FF I'm already visible to. They're watching the games."

Bleacher Report's Ian Kenyon tweeted: "You could argue not caring about fantasy football is part of the brand."

Bennett replied: "Exactly."

Then ESPN's fantasy football king Matthew Berry got into the conversation.

"Nor should you [care about fantasy football teams]," Berry tweeted. "But considering FF is a big driver of the huge interest that allows you to be paid $$$$ maybe not be a jerk about it either?"

Bennett said he wasn't a jerk.

"Bruh When was [I] a jerk? Why you so emotional," he replied to Berry.

Then Bennett elaborated.

"Football was the most popular sport in the world before FF and will be after FF," he tweeted. "All FF did was cross-pollinate fans."

"Y'all act like FF is responsible for all football fans that are watching the game these days. FF is not the powerful bruh."

"I'm just saying fantasy football is equivalent to checkers, tic tac toe, connect four, and heads up to me."

"Ima start telling y'all about my board game victories. You guys can join my board game league I'm starting. Who's in?"

"I never said fantasy football was bad I just said I don't give a [expletive] about it. I play quidditch in the summers I'm sure y'all don't care."

"That doesn't stop me from playing quidditch."

Berry backed up his point with several responses to the tight end. The ESPN personality said that the game helps players "get paid more" and is the reason there will be "millions of additional Martellus fans" that are not Packers fans.

More than 59 million people are playing fantasy sports in 2017 in the USA and Canada, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

American Express found in 2015 that 74.7 million Americans planned to participate in fantasy football leagues that year, according to the New York Post.

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