NFL’s Michael Bennett Rips Steph Curry For Expensive Kids Camp

Rucuss staffJuly 9, 2016

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is not of fan of Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry.

Bennett, a Houston native who lives in Oahu, Hawaii during the offseason, is hosting his fourth-annual football camp in the city this weekend. The camp is free to all participants. But not all athletes host free camps. Some travel to the tourist destination and charge a fee to participate, and Bennett doesn’t like it.

Over Fourth of July weekend, Curry hosted a basketball camp on the island that cost $2,000 for day campers and $2,250 for those wanting to stay overnight.

That didn’t set well with Bennett, and he said as much on KHON-TV.

“I see a lot of different athletes come through Hawaii whether its Steph Curry or whoever it is,” Bennett said. “They all come here and it makes me mad, because I live in this community and I understand this community — that there’s so many kids who can’t afford to pay such a high amount of money,” he said. “In my mind it’s like, how much money do you need before you start giving back for free? And I think a lot of athletes should start focusing on that.”

Bennett continued, “If you do have a camp and you charge money for it, you need to make sure that money that you take from this community, you give back to the kids that are paying for the camp. These are the kids that live here. When you leave Hawaii and you go back to wherever you’re at, or you come here and you go back from this vacation you leave with a piece of paradise, but these people still live here every day.”

Bennett has given his time and money since moving to Hawaii where his wife was born. He believes that professional athletes should do the same.

“That comes from my mom and dad growing up in the community and always giving back,” Bennett said. “My dad was a part of the school board [in Houston], my mom worked in the district for 20 years, and I just always wanted to give back and always make it free. Growing up, I know I wasn’t able to afford the things like go to to certain camps or do certain things.”

Curry’s camp, which was limited to 200 boys and girls, sold out.

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