Ja’Whaun Bentley says Boston Pray event was ‘great opportunity’

Andy Hart
June 18, 2020 - 8:31 am
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Last Sunday, former Patriots tight end Ben Watson helped organize an event on the Boston Common called Boston Pray.

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One of those in attendance at the community event was current New England linebacker and former Watson teammate Ja’Whuan Bentley.

When asked about taking part in the Boston Pray event, Bentley explained it was a way to “rejuvenate” in the midst of the current efforts to fight against social injustice, racism and police brutality that have erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer last month.

“Obviously, through the times that we’re experiencing right now dealing with trying to address police brutality as well as systemic racism that’s going on, a lot of people are working hard, whether it’s donating, protesting, a lot of different ways they want to make an impact,” Bentley said on a Wednesday afternoon WebEx call with the local New England media. “I felt like Ben’s event was the perfect way to kind of rejuvenate yourself as well as continue to use your platform to make an impact to create awareness. So, a lot of times, you begin to kind of wear down with the constant talk and the constant creating awareness, and you need to kind of regroup and try to fill your tank up, so to speak, in a way to continue to create awareness. I thought that was a great opportunity to do so.”

Though Bentley expressed uncertainty as to where exactly the current movement will take the world, he certainly seemed to be positively affected by Watson’s Boston Pray event.

“I would say only time will tell whether or not everything we’re doing will have a huge effect,” Bentley said. “But me personally, seeing everybody there just allows you to see how much everybody wants to be a part of change, be a part of history and address the many moments that we’ve been exposed to within the past few weeks, as well as trying to address things that have been going on for hundreds of years. So, that was an opportunity for a lot of people to express themselves and also create awareness.”

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