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NFL star Michael Bennett Indicted on Felony Charge of Injury of the Elderly

NFL star Michael Bennett Indicted on Felony Charge of Injury of the Elderly

Allegedly injured a 66-year-old paraplegic woman.

A Harris County grand jury indicted Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett on a federal charge of injury of the elderly at the 2017 Super Bowl that took place at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

Bennett allegedly forced his way through security to get on the field to celebrate with his brother and the New England Patriots. He allegedly injured a 66-year-old paraplegic woman on the security team.

From The Houston Chronicle:

Photos from the day show Michael Bennett with a Super Bowl credential around his neck before the game. He also was on the field during the Patriots’ pregame warmups. In a video of an interview he did on the field postgame, it does not appear that Michael Bennett has a credential around his neck.

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said Bennett, after the Patriots’ win, “forcibly opened locked doors” in the tunnels of the stadium, then ignored security and pushed several security personnel to get to the field. Acevedo also said Bennett told security, “Y’all must know who I am, and I can own this (expletive). I’m going on the field whether you like it or not.”

Acevedo said there is no video of the incident, but that it was witnessed by a police officer, who checked on the health of the security personnel instead of attempting to detain Michael Bennett on the spot.

The 66-year-old woman sought medical treatment and was diagnosed with a strained back.

Bennett could receive up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

During a press conference, Acevedo described Bennett as “morally bankrupt” and found it “pathetic” that someone would put their “hands on a 66-year-old paraplegic and just act like they don’t exist and treat them this way.”

Bennett turned himself in and appeared before a judge on Monday. He received a $10,000 bond and can travel between his home in Hawaii and Houston for his court appearances.

Last September, Bennett accused Las Vegas officers of racially profiling and excessive force after the Mayweather-Mcgregor fight in August. The police answered a call of a possible shooter around Drai’s nightclub in the Cromwell casino:

After clearing the casino, a team of officer’s started heading toward Drai’s nightclub, and while they were on the way there, they located Bennett.

“As they moved toward the nightclub, an individual later identified as Bennett was seen crouched down behind a gaming machine as the officers approached,” McMahill sald. “Once Bennett was in the officer’s view, he quickly ran out the south doors, jumped over a wall onto Flamingo Road East of Las Vegas Boulevard into traffic.”

According to McMahill, the officers viewed Bennett’s actions as suspicious, which is why he was handcuffed.

“Due to Bennett’s actions, and the information the officer’s had at the time, they believed that Bennett may have been involved in the shooting and they gave chase,” McMahill said. “Bennett was placed in handcuffs and detained while officers determined whether or not he was involved in the incident.”

Bennett claimed that the police singled him out and one even threatened to “blow his head off.” The NFL backed Bennett’s story, but the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) has strongly come out and denied all of Bennett’s claim. The two arresting officers are Hispanic males.

Undersheriff of the LVMPD even said that at the scene Bennett told the officers he understood what happened after the officers explained the situation.

A few weeks later, Fuzzy blogged about how additional body cam footage and security camera footage showed that the officers did not racially profile him.

In February 2017, Bennett boycotted a trip to Israel and voiced his support for the BDS movement. He changed his mind about the trip after reading an Israeli paper “where a Israel’s Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Gilad Erdan was quoted as saying: ‘The ministry which I lead is spearheading an intensive fight against the delegitimization and BDS campaigns against Israel, and part of this struggle includes hosting influencers and opinion-formers of international standing in different fields, including sport.'”

Bennett claimed he would not be “used” that way.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills tweeted that he agreed with Bennett and said that was in with him. Another player didn’t go due to his pregnant wife.


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Micheal Bennett is an idiot and all that, but I do have to ask: why is a 66 year old paraplegic woman doing security work?
“Security” might be being used in a very broad way in this instance, but I think every adjective that describes that woman is a red flag when it comes to effective security work.

    pst314 in reply to Dr. Ransom. | March 27, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    This might just be careless reporting and we will learn that the paraplegic woman was merely there by coincidence.

    CountMontyC in reply to Dr. Ransom. | March 27, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    She was probably someone whose sole job was to let people knw they needed a pass or give directions. She may have had an official title of security to give her some authority.

    EEllis in reply to Dr. Ransom. | March 27, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Because of the licencing requirements anyone in a staffing position that regularly performs actions that are considered part of a security function is supposed to be licensed security in Texas. So even if the woman is just standing at a gate and telling people not to walk thru she can be considered security. Also when venues hire event staffing they do not hire separate security and other staffing. They hire a security company which provides security, ushers, ticket takers, etc. This is usually separate company from the uniform security that is also there.

4th armored div | March 27, 2018 at 11:31 am

that was my first thought – paraplegic doing ‘security’ – don’t think so.

Bennett is an anti Semitic idiot –
but if that’s a reason to arrest ……

Injury of the elderly for a 66 year old security guard with a strained back? Overcharge?

Guess he can take a knee now?

Not to lessen his crime (allegedly) but what in the hell is a sixty six year old paraplegic woman doing on a security team?

I was touched to read of the 66 year old paraplegic woman on the stadium’s security detail. They seemed to have placed her with other security personnel, including a police officer, and obviously no one thought she would get hurt. That’s because normal human beings would be careful of someone in a wheel chair – the wheel chair is a clear signal of frailty. Michael Bennett is a self-absorbed egotist. If he weren’t an NFL player, he wouldn’t be anything at all. Prosecute him.

    forksdad in reply to CincyJan. | March 27, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    She’s in a wheelchair on a security detail. Look, I am all for providing access to the handicapped. My brother lived the last fifteen years of his life as a quadriplegic. But put him on a security team? That is madness. If you are on the firing line, even ‘next to a cop’ you are in danger. You are now doubling the danger for someone who also has to watch you.

    No, I do not care why they thought it was a good idea to put a woman old enough to be a great grandmother in a wheelchair on a security detail. It’s like putting her in infantry unit. A really dumb gesture. If they want her on the field don’t put her where she might be in danger.

    This is what you get when you assume ‘normal people’ only means people like you and I. Normal people is a spectrum and God help us most people are idiots.

    Arminius in reply to CincyJan. | March 28, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Putting a 66 y.o. paraplegic woman with security and a police officer at a security gate is an incredibly bad idea. The whole reason security is there is because if there’s going to be trouble, it’s going to be with drunk fans trying to force there way into a place they don’t belong.

I was touched to read of the 66 year old paraplegic woman on the stadium’s security detail. They seemed to have placed her with other security personnel, including a police officer, and obviously no one thought she would get hurt. That’s because normal human beings would be careful of someone in a wheel chair – the wheel chair is a clear signal of frailty. Michael Bennett is a self-absorbed egotist. If he weren’t an NFL player, he wouldn’t be anything at all. Prosecute him.

Another useful “celebrity” idiot swallowing the Left’s fallacious narrative of alleged “Palestinian” victimization.

A dime a dozen, these days, it would seem.

She was basically a ticket checker. She was not hired to physically restrain a football player. That she was a paraplegic enhances his thuggishness rather than excusing it. He should end up where thugs belong … in prison.

    Paul in reply to lawdoc. | March 27, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Exactly. He said he was going to “own it”… looks like he’s going to after all.

    rdmdawg in reply to lawdoc. | March 27, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    It would seem to me that a basic qualification for a Ticket Checker would be the ability to get into it physically if the need arises, or at least take a little punishment, but I guess that’s a bit old fashioned. In 2018, we have security people who can’t run to get to an emergency quickly, and deputies who refuse to engage active shooters because they’re cowards.

Couldn’t happen to a better thug…
I don’t know why Philadelphia brought him on, he’s a cancer

“Guess he can take a knee now?”

Thread winner. whenever I see a virtue signaler, I wonder what horrible things they are compensating for.

Ten years in prison for general boorishness and maybe spraining someone’s back might just possibly be a tad extravagant.

    Haverwilde in reply to tom_swift. | March 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Perhaps ten years is a bit much, but, $10,000 fine is nothing to an NFL player, so, there needs to be some punishment(assuming all facts are reported accurately). A ten year sentence with nine years suspended unless he acts like an asshole again, would be nice to see.

      mrzee in reply to Haverwilde. | March 28, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      The $10,000 fine may not be much to him now but there’s always the saving grace than within 10 years of retirement, he’s likely to be broke.

    forksdad in reply to tom_swift. | March 27, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    He knew he wasn’t supposed to be there. He knew the rules applied to him. He knew he might knock someone down or otherwise assault someone while breaking the rules maybe laws depending on the situation.

    Even if it was an accident not intentional he still owns the crime. That’s the max for that crime. I guess the lesson is don’t be dumb, reckless, and a danger to others.

I agree that 10 years is out of proportion. But the NFL is dead to me and I can’t find the will to muster any sympathy. I know that makes me a bad person, I just don’t care.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith (a racist himself) claims this is racism, even though the 66 year old woman is black and Houston is about as liberal as you can get (electing a lesbian mayor).

Smith doesn’t want Loyola moving on – too many white players and Sister Jean is white.

Everyone is thinking that 10 years is too much for deliberately knocking down an elderly person in a wheelchair. Excuse me – but this wasn’t an accident, he deliberately pushed her aside. His action was deliberate. You are pooh-poohing the sprained back injury. Do we know how seriously her back was sprained? Do we know whether it will make her wheelchair bound life any more difficult? All this just so that this animal could prance around on the field with his brother. Give me a break.

People, it’s possible for both this guy to be a scumbag deserving of justice AND it be a monumentally stupid idea to have a 66 year old paraplegic woman serving as security to a high value target area at an NFL game. NFL fans are some of the rowdiest, drunkest, craziest fanatics in sports (non-US soccer fans are worse, though).

Houston should think a little more about logistics instead of feel-good BS that could compromise security. Michael Bennett should think more about the kind of man he ought to be and less about virtue signaling whilst manhandling frail old people.

I find it curious how so many are demanding women as firefighters, women in combat positions in the Army, transsexuals in the Army and so forth. The common overriding thought is that anyone can do any job and should they be denied then it is bigotry, racism, misogyny, ageism, or whatever. It has become a common cry to allow anyone into any job and those who come out against this idea are pilloried.
Now we have a 66 year old paraplegic woman on the security staff being injured so people are asking why there should be this women in this position and stating how wrong it was having her there. While we do not know what her role or position was or any other details of her situation, people are still wondering and even critical about the wisdom of having her in the position she was occupying Curious.

Nope, the virtue-signaling is thick enough to cut with a chainsaw, but I still don’t see it. A ten year sentence isn’t justice, it’s perversion.

Like it or not, an American has a right to be a jerk; and jail is for criminals, not jerks.

A condition for Law to be respected is that it be respectable. And this isn’t.

    lawdoc in reply to tom_swift. | March 28, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Your right to be a jerk ends at the tip of my nose. Purposely knocking a paraplegic out of her wheelchair is not being a jerk. It is a battery. BTW, I don’t know many able bodied security officers who could stop an NFL lineman determined to go past him.

      Marco100 in reply to lawdoc. | March 28, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      I haven’t seen any published news reports claiming Bennett knocked her out of her wheel chair. He “pushed through security.” That’s it.

    healthguyfsu in reply to tom_swift. | March 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Ten years may not be justice, that’s just the max sentence he faces. Considering the injury doesn’t seem extremely severe (sprained shoulder from what I read), I doubt he will get that much time.

The sad part of this is that he likely still doesn’t see what he did wrong. Entitlement and arrogance are effective blinders when someone wants to separate themselves from the responsibilities of being “a person.”

I was riding the bus yesterday in PDX and at a stop, the driver asked the people outside to wait so that the current passengers could embark. An elderly black man ignored this and got on the bus, which then created a bottleneck, and then he became angry that people were shoving him trying to get through the bottleneck that he created. The driver then said, “this is why I asked you to wait,” whereupon the black man said “you are a racist.” So there we have it, asking someone to act like a member of the human race is now racist. A white woman then tried to explain to him that it wasn’t racism, but he apparently already had the narrative written out in his head, and he called her a racist too. So once again, I am caught up between whether Portland, OR or Oberlin College causes me more embarrassment by association.

The security firm likely was responding to a hiring directive where they needed to check a certain number of boxes. I know that a number of firms will stipulate a requirement of being able to lift xx pounds (in order to move barricades, etc.) in order to only have employees suitable for the task. Perhaps having her in this position was akin to the ACLU pat and frisk request, wherein a “good intention” ultimately puts more people at risk. Had she been killed during an event like a “Who Concert” I am certain that her relatives would have been suing immediately for having her in a vulnerable position.

At least she wasn’t doing brain surgery, yet.

    CincyJan in reply to MajorWood. | March 28, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    You are definitely from my part of the country! And I appreciated your example of the bus rider who figured he always get to go first, regardless of letting others get off first. I see this on elevators a lot. People march in as the doors open, without even checking if others are trying to get out.

How does “he pushed through security” translate to felonious assault on this particular 66 year old person? There are NO details provided which even remotely rise to an indictable offense. Total B.S. I’m not excusing his conduct by the way. I would wager this 66 year old got the “security job” because of some sort of political or family connection which may even involve local Houston law enforcement and this is just a case of these insiders wanting to help “grandma” get a nice little retirement cushion with a lawsuit or personal injury settlement.

    Arminius in reply to Marco100. | March 28, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    The self refuting Marco100. First complain that we haven’t been provided with any details that would make this an indictable offense. Then engage in wild fact-free, baseless speculation about how the elderly paraplegic only got the job because of her political or family connections.

    We have more details that support the notion this is an indictable offense than you have for your wild fantasy alternative.

    Arminius in reply to Marco100. | March 28, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    “…I’m not excusing his conduct by the way…”

    What conduct is there not to excuse, if you also claim that “[t]here are NO details provided which even remotely rise to an indictable offense.”

    Again, this is self refuting. Obviously there are some details if you feel compelled to say you’re not excusing his conduct. Do you imagine that just because the government hasn’t provided all the details about Bennett’s conduct that they believe meets the elements of the crime, then those additional details don’t exist? The Sheriff says he’s confident the prosecution can make their case against Bennett. You admit his conduct was inexcusable. So we’ll see if Bennett’s inexcusable conduct meets the elements of the crime, and if the prosecution can make their case.

    On the other hand you have NO details to support your contention that “this is just a case of these insiders wanting to help “grandma” get a nice little retirement cushion with a lawsuit or personal injury settlement.”

      CincyJan in reply to Arminius. | March 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      No one builds up a retirement fund from part time work like this. Ten home games a year. The upside is being able to watch the game for free, and a few (very few) extra bucks.