Thursday, January 29, 2009
Report: Bennett fined for profane video
ESPN.com news services
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have fined tight end Martellus Bennett $22,000 for his role in a YouTube video that contained profanity and used derogatory language towards blacks and gays, The (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram reported, citing two sources.
The team fined Bennett under a contract clause for conduct detrimental to the team, and the $22,000 equates to one game check, a source said, according to the report.
In the video -- which has since been pulled from YouTube -- Bennett and a friend, Dessie Brown, rapped freestyle to the song "Get Money" and referenced teammates Tony Romo and Jason Witten and team owner Jerry Jones, according to the report. Bennett was seen wearing an autographed Cowboys helmet and drinking in the clip.
Bennett has since released an apology video on his YouTube channel, in which he expresses his regrets and blames the media for blowing the first video out of proportion.
Bennett, a second-round pick from Texas A&M in the 2008 NFL draft, caught 20 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season.