Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

NFL's Michael Bennett alleges racial profiling by Las Vegas police

NFL's Michael Bennett alleges racial profiling by Las Vegas police

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bennett posted on social media on Wednesday claiming he was arrested and had a gun held to his head by officers who singled him out for "being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time" as they were investigating reports of a shooter in a Las Vegas nightclub after the fight.

"Michael Bennett represents the best of the National Football League - a leader on his team and in his community".

Bennett, the Seahawks star defensive end, penned a letter on Twitter Wednesday discussing the events that occured following the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight on August 26. The defensive lineman has hired a civil rights attorney and is considering filing a lawsuit against the LVMPD.

Subsequent video obtained by TMZ documents the scene during the incident in question.

"When you see a person that you love, a person that's your friend, a person who anybody honestly that's put in a compromising position the way Michael was - it's a matter of life or death, potentially all those situations that you see a lot of things are happening in our country right now", the Seahawks quarterback told reporters Thursday. "I see no evidence that race played any role in this incident". However, McMahill says investigators are reviewing more than 120 videos of the incident. No, I don't believe that.

While Bennett did come away from the incident unscathed (at least physically), this has potential to be a real hot-button issue for a while.

Police ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and as he lay there, complying with commands not to move, an officer placed a gun near Bennett's head and warned him that if he moved, he would "blow my f***ing head off".

Martellus Bennett said he had to walk out of a team meeting "because I broke down crying just thinking about what could have happened", according to ESPN.

McMahill explained on Wednesday that officers saw Bennett crouching before a gaming machine, which created suspicion that he may have been a suspect.

After being handcuffed, Bennett was taken to a nearby cop auto until police could identify him. McMahill confirmed the two officers who followed Bennett, including the arresting officer, had handguns. "Due to Bennett's actions, and the information the officers had at the time, they believed that Bennett may have been involved in the shooting and they gave chase".

A 31-year-old in his ninth season in the NFL, Bennett told ESPN last month that the violence in Charlottesville, Va., linked to a white nationalist rally persuaded him to sit during the national anthem for the entire 2017 season. "We're hoping more video comes out".

The police union, following the police department's Wednesday press conference documenting its side of the story, minces no words in its criticism of Bennett. "So for me, I'll just be happy to see my brother, because there's a chance I couldn't see him". Kaepernick tweeted that "this violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust".

"I'm very proud of Michael and the way that he handled it", Martellus said. "We recommend that he be terminated and we are moving forward on that", Register said.

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