Ex-NFL player accuses Trump of attacking 'black culture'
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Former NFL player Martellus Bennett slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE for his ongoing criticism of football athletes’ protests during the national anthem.

"It's the easiest way for him to attack the culture of black people," Bennett said in an interview with the Bleacher Report

"He sees the black athlete as someone that black people look up to,” Bennett continued. “So he thinks you can attack black culture by attacking black NFL players.”

"Also, attacking black players helps him with his base. I think, too, maybe there's no rhyme or reason. Maybe he's just an asshole,” added Bennett, who won a Super Bowl and made a Pro Bowl during his time in the NFL.

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Bennett, who was one of the league’s leading social activists during his 10-year stint, captured headlines last year when the former New England Patriots tight end said he wouldn’t be visiting the White House if Trump invited the team to celebrate its Super Bowl victory. 

The nine-year NFL veteran also endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats try to turn now into November The Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump On The Trail: Trump, coronavirus fuel unprecedented voter enthusiasm MORE in the 2016 election and has repeatedly criticized the president. 

His remark comes days after Trump last week attacked the NFL's decision to freeze a new policy of punishing teams for players who protested during the anthem. In a tweet, he took aim at the NFL's commissioner, Roger Goodell.

Trump urged Goodell to impose harsh penalties on athletes who continue protests against police brutality and racism by kneeling during the anthem at games.