Martellus Bennett FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 18: Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

With Donald Trump’s win in the U.S. presidential election Tuesday night, the whole country seems to have been tipped on its side, and plenty of reactions have been spreading. Athletes like Martellus Bennett are no exception to this.

The list of those involved in sports reacting goes on and on. One of those athletes making their thoughts known is Bennett, the New England Patriots’ tight end. He did so via a letter to his young daughter that he posted on Instagram.

“Daddy how will this effect my future?” Jett, I’m not totally sure my love. You’ll be 7 in four years, you’ll be in the 2nd grade. Your mom and I have a lot of work to do. We will continue to teach you How to love, accept others for who they are, think for yourself, help others in need, achieve what the world deem impossible. It’s ok for you to color outside of the lines. I will continue to encourage other kids as well because they’ll impact your future directly. The world will one day be all of yours, no time to wait training starts now. So unfold your arms and reach for the stars because if anyone can touch them it’s you. Don’t be afraid of your tomorrows, make the most of your todays. Training starts today. So stand up you’re a GIANT!! You deserve a world full of color, wonder and dreams. Let’s color the world together, your dreams are my dreams. Together we can be the change we wish to see in the universe. We have a lot of work to do, but I think we will have help. I am very proud of you! This is a huge weight to put on your shoulders but don’t worry about that I’ll always be here to spot you. Training starts today. I love you. Now Let’s go! #theimaginationagency

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While there are not any direct mentions of Trump or the election, this seems like a very pointed post, and one made in direct reaction to that. There are plenty of people of color who have expressed fear and dismay over Trump’s soon-to-be presidency.

Both Martellus and his brother have quickly made themselves into one of the NFL’s most outspoken figures. And whether or not you agree with Bennett’s specific comments here, this generally seems like a quality way to respond to his daughter’s question about what’s happening in the world. It seems like many can get behind this sort of message, and some others may follow in the tight end’s footsteps.


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