Michael Bennett was indicted by a grand jury in Texas on Friday 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.
The Philadelphia Eagles have responded with a statement.
The Eagles stated that they “are aware of the situation” and “are in the process of gathering more information,” as relayed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday afternoon. The team announced that it will have no further comment on the matter.
Philadelphia Eagles Statement on Michael Bennett:
“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.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2018
The charge facing Bennett, as outlined in the Harris County District Attorney’s release, carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison with a $10,000 fine. Bennett 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.