Only Five NFL Players Show Up for Israel Trip, After Others Refuse to Be 'Goodwill Ambassadors'

The decision by the other players not to travel to Israel was led by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who expressed resentment at what he saw as a manipulation by Israel’s government.

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What was supposed to be a high-profile image-buffing visit by a delegation of 13 NFL players to Israel ended up failing to draw enough players to field a team.