Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett apologized to Cam Newton for his comment about the quarterback not being on the front lines of social change, according to Pro Football Talk.
On Saturday, Bennett said that NFL players have lagged behind NBA stars in making their voices heard on issues like the Black Lives Matter movement.
He mentioned players like Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, and said they don’t have to deal with the same issues that black players face.
Bennett then used Newton as his example of a black player who is not using his platform to create social change.
“Our great players are sitting back just taking the dollars, whether it’s Cam Newton, all these guys,” Bennett said at training camp. “They’re not really on the forefront of trying to change what’s going on.”
He reportedly called Newton after that comment to personally apologize.
Bennett has made comments about Newton in the past, calling him a “sore loser” after the Panthers were defeated in Super Bowl 50 by the Denver Broncos.
The Seahawks will play the Panthers on Dec. 4.