Eagles DE Michael Bennett Turns Himself In To Texas Police After Felony ‘Injury To The Elderly’ Charge
Michael Bennett Felony Charge news
The 32-year-old player turned himself in to Harris County (Texas) court Monday afternoon on a felony charge of injury to the elderly relating to an incident from Super Bowl LI in Houston.
The judge reportedly set bail at $10,000. Bennett will be allowed to travel between his home in the Honolulu area and Houston for court appearances.
Bennett’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, voiced concern over the rhetoric used to describe his client in the case.
“My initial reaction is that everyone needs to calm down a little bit,” Hardin said. “He’s a professional football player who is very respected for his work on social issues. I’m going to take my time to find out what occurred.”
The defensive lineman is accused of injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium during Super Bowl LI. He faces a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
“We treat everyone the same in this court,” Judge Robert Johnson told Bennett, according to KHOU.com.
According to the District Attorney’s statement Bennett — who attended high school in the Houston area — was in town for Super Bowl LI to watch his brother Martellus, then a New England Patriots player, face the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, 2017.
The statement went on to say that “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 Eagles and the Seahawks — Bennett’s former team — were both reportedly unaware of the investigation into the players’ actions prior to his trade to Philadelphia on March 7.