Martellus Bennett goes on massive Instagram rant about Packers’ doctor

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett during today's walk through practice inside the Patriots indoor training facility. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

After teasing an untold story Thursday night…

…Martellus Bennett let his words be heard Friday afternoon via Instagram.

The newly claimed Patriots tight end unleashed a tirade against his former team for its response to his concerns about a shoulder injury. Bennett was released by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday for “failure to disclose a physical condition.”

“The Packers examined my shoulder on my visit March 10 and cleared it,” he wrote on his Instagram story. “They even gave me an x-ray as well. It got worse during the season, specifically against the Cowboys [on Nov. 8], so I asked to have it checked and we checked it. After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery. Now here we are…”


“They tried to f— over me,” he continued. “Dr. [Patrick] McKenzie trying to cover his own ass. After trying to persuade me to play thru a major injury and me choosing to get surgery. They have access to all my medical records. My shoulder wasn’t where it is now at the beginning of the season. I f—– it up playing for the Packers.”

“Dr. McKenzie didn’t make [me] feel safe and was pushing [me] to play, which I thought was weird. Not that he was trying to get me play thru it but the way he was saying things. I didn’t trust him. So I got three other opinions from doctors, who all said I need to get it fixed. So I decided to do that. And they decided to waive me with some bullshit excuse. Failure disclose.”

“Every week we do a body evaluation sheet in the weight and pretty much every week I circled my shoulder. I just kept playing, but it got worse. During the bye week, I got off anti-inflammatories to clean my system and could really feel the pain. So I asked to examine it [the] first day back in. And that’s when we found out it was really f—– up.”


“They knew.”

“They panicked. Thinking that I was trying to go on the IR and be on their books next year. When I mentioned that I would possibly retire. So they tried to f— me before they thought I would f— them. This was all about the money. All about the money. I get it. But don’t lie, homie. You know wtf was up.”

Bennett then referenced Wu Tang Clan’s song, “C.R.E.A.M.,” which stands for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me” before concluding his remarks.

“I had intentions of playing all eight games, as I mentioned in the post during the bye week, but found out it was worse than I felt after getting it checked out. Now I’m like f— it. I chose my health over the ‘team.’ They chose money over me.”

In the Patriots’ latest injury report, Bennett was ruled as “questionable” for Sunday’s contest against the Broncos.