Michael Bennett Jr. walks on the sideline before Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. That night he was accused of injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman
NFL star and Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted on a felony charge of injury of the elderly, a 66-year-old paraplegic woman, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is currently working with Bennett’s counsel to negotiate his surrender.
The victim allegedly suffered a sprained shoulder according to police.
The incident in question took place immediately following Super Bowl LI in Houston back in February.
Bennett, who was recently traded from Seattle to Philadelphia, was watching his brother Martellus play tight end for the New England Patriots against the Eagles, his new team. After Philadelphia’s win, the 32-year-old Houston native allegedly pushed his way onto the field despite being told to use a different entrance for field access.
The 66-year-old woman was allegedly injured by Bennett as he pushed his way onto the field.
‘Mr. Bennett forcibly opened the locked doors at the southwest corner of the NRG Budweiser tunnels,’ explained Houston police chief Art Acevedo.
‘Mr. Bennett then went up to a 66-year-old black female employee of the NRG, paraplegic, and pushed her,’ Acevedo continued. ‘Mr. Bennett then continued to try to get onto the field.
‘Bennett disregarded [one police officer], said “f*** you,” and walked passed him on the field… “Y’all must know who I am. I could own this mother f*****… I’m going onto the field whether you like it or not.”‘
The 10-year veteran could be subject to a suspension or a fine, regardless of whether or not he is convicted.
The alleged incident took place immediately following Super Bowl LI in Houston back in February. Bennett, who was recently traded from Seattle to Philadelphia, was watching his brother Martellus play tight end for the New England Patriots against the Eagles, his new team. After Philadelphia’s win, the 32-year-old Houston native allegedly pushed his way onto the field despite being told to use a different entrance for field access. It was then that the 66-year-old woman was allegedly injured by Bennett.
The charge of injury to the elderly involves intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older, and carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine in the state of Texas.
Bennett was in the news quite a bit in 2017.
Not only did the outspoken activist continue protesting inequality and police brutality against minorities by refusing to stand during the national anthem, but he also accused the Las Vegas Metro Police of profiling him following the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight in August.
In 2017, as a member of the Seahawks, Bennett continued protesting inequality and police brutality against minorities by refusing to stand during the national anthem
As Bennett explained, he was returning to his hotel from T-Mobile Arena with ‘several hundred’ other people, when everyone heard what sounded like gunshots (the noise ultimately turned out to be a pylon that was knocked over). The pack of people ran for safety, he explained, which is when a nearby police officer ordered him to get to the ground before putting a gun near his head and threatening to kill him.
Another officer allegedly ‘jammed’ his knee to Bennett’s back ‘forcefully,’ limiting his ability to breath. Then, according to Bennett, the officers cinched handcuffs on him so tightly that his fingers ‘went numb.’
In September, Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters that his officers had reasonable suspicion to stop Bennett.
Lombardo added his belief that race was not a factor in the incident, as has been alleged by Bennett.
‘They did what they were trained to do,’ Lombardo said of his officers during a news conference in which bodycam footage of the incident was shown.
The footage shows Bennett being arrested, but it does not show any officer pointing a gun at him.
Bennett claims he was racially profiled as he and a crowd of people ran away from the sound of gunfire in the early hours of August 27 after the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight