Following the Instagram rant by Martellus Bennett on Friday, Green Bay Packers players took to social media themselves to dispute the account Bennett portrayed of Packers team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie.
In Bennett’s posts, which you can read here, he accused Dr. McKenzie of pushing him to play through an injury when he should not have done so. After that, several Packers responded with strongly-worded statements in support of the physician, and the group weighing in includes several former Packers as well.
The first person to publish comments was, of all people, Jordy Nelson, which is particularly notable as he rarely uses social media. Here are his comments on McKenzie:
November 10, 2017
Several Packers then responded to or retweeted Nelson’s post, expressing their support and agreement with his statements. That group includes current players like Jeff Janis and Damarious Randall, as well as former Packers like JC Tretter and James Jones:
100% true Dr. McKenzie will not let you play with a broken fingernail if you don’t convince him that you’re OK I can never see him forcing somebody to play with an injury ♂️— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) November 11, 2017
Fullback John Kuhn, who last played in Green Bay in 2015, joined in as well:
In 9 years of working with Doc McKenzie he never pressured me to play one time. In fact, I️ would argue that I️ pressured him to let me play at times.— John Kuhn (@kuhnj30) November 10, 2017
Later on Friday evening, quarterback Aaron Rodgers — who is currently on injured reserve with a broken collarbone — also defended the doctor, taking to Instagram with the following post:
In fact, not a single individual has spoken out and indicated any support for Bennett’s stance on Dr. McKenzie, as far as we at APC can find. Expect the Packers to remain steadfast in their support of their team physician moving forward, and the team will presumably pursue repayment of a portion of Bennett’s signing bonus using comments like these to support their arguments.