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WATCH: Fight! Martellus Bennett slams Kyle Fuller in Bears camp
BOURBONNAIS — It was the Bears’ first offense against their first defense in a goal-line situation. Tight end Martellus Bennett raced into the right flat, catching a pass from quarterback Jay Cutler. Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller quickly broke on Bennett from the outside, latched on and spun him to the ground.
And then Bennett struck back.
Bennett grabbed Fuller’s jersey, picked him up and slammed him. Linebackers Shea McClellin and Jon Bostic restrained Bennett as he stood over Fuller, the Bears’ first-round draft pick.
Moments later, receiver Brandon Marshall had some words for Bennett, who was pulled away from the team by running back Matt Forte and defensive end Lamarr Houston.
Coach Marc Trestman then promptly ended Monday’s practice.
“I felt it was time to stop,” Trestman said at Olivet Nazarene University. “There were a lot of people involved that care a lot about this team. I felt we got enough done today and it was time for the team to move forward, finish the walk-throughs and move on to our meetings this afternoon.”
Can Bennett be subject to discipline?
“We can make a lot more out of this than we want to and we’re not going to do that here,” Trestman said. “We’ll make a decision about what’s best for our football team in any situation that relates to discipline . That will be inherent in the team and in the locker room.”
Bennett’s response suggested that Fuller may have grabbed him by the facemask or his collar. But replays showed that Fuller’s hand was on the football or Bennett’s hands, confirming Fuller’s own assertion that he grabbed only the ball. Bennett was holding the ball high against his chest.
“Just a football play,” Fuller said. “Stuff like that happens.”
Bennett did walk over to Fuller to make amends and shake hands during the walk-throughs.
“Family, you get in fights like that, but at the end of the day, you’re all good,” Fuller said.
Bennett described himself as “one of the most violent people on the field.”
“I come to training camp to one reason and that’s to prepare to win a championship,” Bennett said. “Every single play I’m scratching and fighting for it. The same way I play every single day. I play hard, go hard every single day.”
What did Bennett say to Fuller afterward?
“I just said, ‘Hey man, keep working,’ ” he said. “That’s just what it is. When I did whatever it was I did to him, I just told him, ‘Hey, don’t do it no more.’ And that was it.
“Afterwards, I just told him, ‘Keep working, keep playing.’ If that’s the way you play, that’s the way you play. But at the end of the day, this is what it’s about: he plays hard, I play hard and everybody should be trying to play the way we’re playing out there.”
Is Bennett worried he’ll get fined or disciplined by Trestman?
“I can afford it,” Bennett said. “I don’t see what he can fine me for on that.”