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Michael Bennett indicted for felony charge of injury of the elderly at Super Bowl 51

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Bennett was trying to get on the field, where his brother Martellus had just won a Super Bowl.

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted for a felony charge of injury of the elderly in Houston’s Harris County, and a warrant is out for his arrest. He would show up to a Houston courtroom on Monday, where his bail was set at $10,000, according to NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt.

Bennett allegedly injured a 66-year-old paraplegic who was working at NRG Stadium during Super Bowl LI. The employee was controlling access to the field for the game.

The incident allegedly happened after the game, when the Patriots had completed their comeback and won the Super Bowl. Bennett’s brother, Martellus, was a tight end for the Patriots in the game.

From the Harris County office of the district attorney:

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 Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo released a statement on Bennett:

Acevedo said during a press conference Friday that Bennett also pushed a woman and a man before pushing the paraplegic woman, who was in a motorized wheelchair. She suffered a sprained shoulder, per Acevedo.

Acevedo also said that Bennett said “fuck you” to a police officer who confronted him and was working security. The officer recognized Bennett, and didn’t feel that he posed a threat, so he tended to the paraplegic woman.

The officer took an incident report that night, but no photos or videos from the incident exist. It was explained that it took so long because of resources and priorities, and had more serious crimes to focus on first.

Acevedo also said, “We believe he might have been drinking that day.” He added it didn’t excuse his actions.

Bennett has not told his side of the story yet, but his lawyer made it clear that they refute the officer’s account:

The Philadelphia Eagles also released a statement on the matter:

According to the Harris County release, prosecutors were working with Bennett’s counsel regarding his surrender. One of Bennett’s attorneys, Rusty Hardin, told Zach Berman of Philly.com that Bennett would surrender when he was back in the continental United States. According to Hardin, that would occur on Monday, reports USA Today — and it did.

Monday, Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman chimed in on the situation:

Bennett was traded from the Seahawks to the Eagles this offseason after spending the past five seasons of his career in Seattle.