Every year players in the NFL are charged with domestic violence. Over the last several years the rate in which these incidents have occurred has seemly increased as more excuses are made these entitled players to act as disrespectful as they want and expect to get away with it.
On Friday, one of the first pro players to protest the national anthem of the 2017-2018 NFL season, picking up the trend that unemployable Colin Kaepernick began, was Seattle Seahawks’ star, Michael Bennet. The player has since been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles who are a recent Super Bowl winning team. However, his dreams seem to have just come crashing down around him after deciding to practically tackle an elderly female paraplegic who was in his way as he headed out onto the field.
Last week, Micheal Bennett was charged with assault on an elderly person, which carries a 10,000 dollar fine and 10 years in prison. The former Seattle Seahawk who became one the NFL’s most notorious protesters was outspoken about his disdain for the president throughout the season. He had an altercation with law enforcement where he said that they beat him up, but video disproved his statement.
Today, a warrant was issued for his arrest, bringing his criminal debacle to a head and making the ramifications a reality.
According to ESPN, A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett after a grand jury indicted him on a felony charge of injury to the elderly related to an incident at NRG Stadium following Super Bowl LI, according to the office of the district attorney of Harris County, Texas.
A release from the district attorney’s office states that Bennett was a spectator and in town to watch his brother, Martellus, a player for the New England Patriots, on Feb. 5, 2017. After the game, Bennett allegedly shoved his way on to the field, where players were gathering to celebrate, according to the district attorney’s office. NRG security personnel, including a 66-year-old paraplegic woman, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access, but Bennett pushed through them, including the woman.
The charge, injury to the elderly, includes intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older and carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The woman suffered a sprained shoulder, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo said during a news conference. He noted that authorities are in contact with Bennett’s lawyer.
“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time,” the Eagles said in a statement.
Bennett was traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Eagles along with a seventh-round pick on March 14 for a fifth-round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson.
In August, Bennett was detained outside a nightclub after the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight as police searched for what they believed at the time was an active shooter. Bennett accused police officers of racial profiling, saying they pointed guns at him and used excessive force.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said its internal investigation found “no evidence” that officers used excessive force and that they had reasonable suspicion to detain Bennett.
“It’s not hard to believe that Bennett is in trouble again, in fact to some, it might be karma that the Trump hating football player is facing up to 10 years in prison. Players like Bennett have ruined the game of football, it odd that they think fans care about their political views. It’s time for players to play the game, if they have something they want to support, great but don’t do it on the field.”
Today, according to K5news, Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Michael Bennett will turn himself in to authorities Monday afternoon to face an assault charge that stemmed from an altercation in February 2017 at Super Bowl LI, Bennett’s lawyer told USA TODAY Sports. Bennett allegedly assaulted a 66-year-old paraplegic security staff worker.
He will surrender at 1 p.m. CT at the Harris County District Court in Houston, Rusty Hardin, Bennett’s attorney, said in a text message.
Hardin previously told USA TODAY Sports that Bennett was out of the country when the Harris County District Attorney announced Bennett’s indictment on a single felony charge of injury to the elderly on Friday.
He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Bennett, who was at Super Bowl LI in Houston to watch his brother (tight end Martellus Bennett) play for the New England Patriots, allegedly shoved a female security staffer who had asked him to use a different entrance for field access, according to a news release issued by prosecutors.
Bennett, 32, has been selected to three Pro Bowls in his nine-year NFL career, which included stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and, most recently, Seattle Seahawks. Bennett was traded from the Seahawks to Philadelphia earlier this month.
Let’s hope that this is the year of change for the NFL. It’s time Roger Goodell set strict player policies so that they think twice before harming another human being.