Philadelphia Eagles DE Michael Bennett turned himself in today to authorities in Houston after being indicted on Friday for allegedly pushing a 66-year-old paraplegic woman at Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
Bennett posted a $10,000 bond and was released after appearing in front of a judge. Bennett, 32, is charged with injury to the elderly, which is a felony in Texas.
If convicted, Bennett could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Bennett’s next court date is on April 23.
There are many questions to ask about this alleged incident. First, according to Houston PD, there are no videos or photos of the alleged incident, which seems strange considering it’s a Super Bowl. Next, what took so long for Bennett to be charged? Finally, according to Houston PD, the incident was witnessed by a police officer, so why was Bennett not arrested?
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has a big issue with this whole situation.
Here is what he had to say on ESPN’s First Take today:
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:
Not sure what happened, but it is innocent until proven guilty.
The Eagles and Howie Roseman have done it again. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks are trading DE Michael Bennett and seventh-round pick to Eagles for a fifth-round pick and WR Marcus Johnson.
The deal will not be official until next Wednesday when the NFL’s league year opens.
According to Schefter, the Eagles might be looking to trade DE Vinny Curry after this move.
The 32-year-old Bennett, who led the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks last season, will be added to a defensive line that was one of the best in the league in 2017.