Michael Bennett is in legal trouble.
A warrant has been issued for Philadelphia Eagles defensive end and former Texas A&M defensive lineman Michael Bennett’s arrest, as announced by Harris County (Texas) District Attorney Kim Ogg on Friday. In the official announcement from Ogg’s office, it was outlined that a Harris County grand jury had indicted Bennett for the felony charge of injury of the elderly for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic who was working at Houston’s NRG Stadium to control access to the field at Super Bowl 51.
Here’s more from the release:
On Feb 5, 2017, Bennett was a spectator and in town to watch his brother, a player for the New England Patriots.
Immediately following the game, Bennett shoved his way on to the field where players were gathering to celebrate.
NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled victim, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access.
Instead, he pushed through them, including the elderly woman who was part of the security team.
The charge, injury to the elderly, includes intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older.
The release went on to mention that the charge carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison with a $10,000 fine. Clearly, this is a serious situation for Bennett, who played for Texas A&M from 2005-08 before beginning his professional career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
Bennett has 293 tackles with 54 sacks in his NFL career. He played for the Bucs from 2009-12 before appearing with the Seattle Seahawks from 2013-17.
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