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Veteran defensive end, Super Bowl champ Michael Bennett says he’s retiring – ESPN

Veteran defensive end Michael Bennett, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has 69.5 career sacks and won a Super Bowl ring during his career, is retiring after 11 NFL seasons, he announced on Instagram on Tuesday.

“Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth — the opportunity to reimagine my purpose,” Bennett posted. “I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I’m looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life.

“As the great Toni Morrison said: ‘Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.’

In an article published Tuesday, Bennett told The New Yorker that in addition to spending more time with his family, he wants to help athletes be heard when it comes to social and racial injustice.

Bennett, 34, was traded from the New England Patriots to the Dallas Cowboys last season in exchange for what eventually became a sixth-round pick in 2021. He finished the season with 6.5 sacks and 32 tackles.

In addition to the Cowboys and Patriots, Bennett played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009 to 2012), Seattle Seahawks (2013 to 2017) and Philadelphia Eagles (2018) during his career. He has 359 tackles and 10 forced fumbles.

Bennett was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his final three seasons with Seattle and was a key member of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII championship team.

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Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White after nearly two years – New York Post

June 4, 2020 | 12:38pm | Updated June 4, 2020 | 2:44pm

President Trump announced Thursday that Iran has released US Navy veteran Michael White after detaining him for almost two years.

White, 48, was detained in July 2018 after reportedly visiting a woman in the Iranian city of Mashhad. He received a 10-year sentence for crimes including insulting Iran’s theocratic leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“I am to happy announce that Navy Veteran, Michael White, who has been detained by Iran for 683 days, is on a Swiss plane that just left Iranian Airspace,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

He continued: “We expect him to be home with his family in America very soon. I will never stop working to secure the release of all Americans held hostage overseas! Thank you Switzerland for your great assistance.”

White finished throat cancer treatment shortly before he arrived in Iran and there was significant concern for his health. He reportedly contracted COVID-19 while in prison.

In a statement, White’s mother, Joanne White, wrote that she was “incredibly grateful” to the Trump administration and the State Department, as well as Swiss diplomats who worked on the case.

His mother also thanked former New Mexico’s Democratic former Gov. Bill Richardson for “repeatedly raising Michael’s case with Iranian officials and delivering my personal pleas,” and TV host Montel Williams. White wrote that she was represented for free by attorney Mark Zaid, one of the lawyers for the whistleblower who sparked Trump’s impeachment.

“My prayers are with the Namazi and Tahbaz families and the families of so many other wrongfully detained Americans around the world,” Joanne White wrote, referring to detained US citizens Baquer and Siamak Namazi and Morad Tahbaz.

As president, Trump has focused heavily on winning the freedom of US citizens held overseas by authoritarian governments, including Egypt, North Korea, Turkey and Venezuela. He elevated his administration’s former chief hostage negotiator, Robert O’Brien, to be his national security adviser last year.

Details of negotiations behind White’s release were not immediately clear. On Tuesday the US returned to Iran scientist Sirous Asgari, who was charged with but acquitted of stealing trade secrets in violation of US sanctions.

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