Philadelphia Eagles DE Michael Bennett was indicted today for allegedly pushing a 66-year-old paraplegic woman at Super Bowl LI in Houston.
According to Harris County(Texas) DA Kim Ogg, here is what allegedly happened:
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. It carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest.
Bennett, 32, was traded by the Seahawks to the Eagles this offseason.
Here’s a statement from the Eagles on Bennett’s indictment:
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.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 23, 2018
Not sure what happened, but it is innocent until proven guilty.