Houston, TX – The Harris County district attorney has issued a warrant for the arrest of Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, KAGS-TV reported.
The National Football League (NFL) player, who was traded to Philadelphia by the Seattle Seahawks less than a month ago, was wanted on felony charges for injuring an elderly handicapped person at Super Bowl LI in Houston.
Police said that on Feb. 5, 2017, Bennett traveled to Houston to cheer for his brother, Marcellus Bennett, who played for the New England Patriots.
After the Patriots won the game, fans attempted to swarm the field, and were held back by NRG Stadium’s security team. Bennett was told to use a different entrance for access to the field.
But Bennett shoved his way through security and onto the field, KHOU reported.
In the process of pushing his way through security, he injured a 66-year-old paraplegic woman working with the team.
The indictment charges Bennett with injury to the elderly. He was accused of intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older, KHOU reported.
The charge carries a penalty of up a fine of up to $10,000, and 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors said they were working with Bennett’s attorney to negotiate his surrender, according to KAGS.
This was just the latest in a long string of legal woes for the NFL player.
In September of 2017, Bennett was in trouble with Las Vegas Metro PD after he lied about what happened when he was detained for about 10 minutes during an active-shooter situation.
Shortly after the incident, Bennett released a statement complaining that he had been racially profiled.
He accused the Las Vegas Metro officers of pointing their guns at him for “doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
He claimed that the officers’ excessive force had been “unbearable,” and wrote that he thought he was going to die during the incident.
“My life flashed before my eyes as thought of my girls. Would ever play with them again? Or watch them have kids? Or be able to kiss my wife again and tell her love her?” his dramatic statement read.
He announced that he had hired civil rights attorney John Burris, who represented Rodney King against Los Angeles, to explore legal remedies for what he called “civil rights violations.”
Shortly thereafter, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department clapped back, and announced they had bodycam video and information which made it clear that Bennett was fabricating much of his story.
The Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking for an investigation into Bennett’s false accusations.
“We believe that a fair investigation will establish that our officers responded to one of the most dangerous calls a law enforcement officer can be assigned- an active shooter firing rounds in a crowded casino,” the letter said.
Then the letter went on to explain what had brought Bennett to the officers’ attention in the middle of an active-shooter situation.
“As our uniformed officers entered the casino, they observed Bennett hiding behind a slot machine. When officers turned towards Bennett, he bolted out of the casino, leaped over four (4) foot barrier wall, and hid from officers as he crouched close to the wall on the sidewalk,” the letter informed the NFL boss.
“I am sure that your attorney will tell you, our officers had reasonable suspicion, which is the constitutional standard, to detain Bennett until they could determine whether he was involved in the shooting,” the letter said. “Our officers, who are both minorities, had the legal right, and obligation, to detain Bennett based upon the nature of the call and Bennett’s unusual and suspicious actions. Our officers did not detain Bennett because he was, ‘a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.’”
The letter said that Michael Bennett’s claim that the officers were racists was false and offensive, and asked the football league to take action against the player.
The Seattle Seahawks and NFL backed Bennett despite proof that much of his story was false.
Police reviewed surveillance footage from more than 120 cameras and determined the officers had behaved appropriately.