Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end Michael Bennett has been one of the most prominent players in the preseason to make a statement about the National Anthem. He was the second NFL star, after Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch, to protest the anthem and has now become a martyr for the cause following his arrest and claims of “police brutality” that he alleges almost killed him.
It’s surprising how whiney such big, tough men can be who get paid millions to tackle other men, but when one of them are rightfully arrested they turn into crybabies and act like they were abused. Bennett saw an opportunity to amplify his protest following his arrest in Las Vegas about a week and a half ago. His sob story about
His sob story about what he said happened to him seems to come straight out of the Black Lives Matter playbook. In addition to his seemingly false narrative about the harrowing ordeal that he said he endured, he’s also sought legal counsel as the next step in making his racist point. He’s hoping to explore the possibility of suing the Las Vegas Police Department.
Now, the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, who defended Bennett and all other anti-American protesting players at the start of the season, has just come out with another shocking announcement.
Bennett was in Las Vegas a couple weekends ago for the Connor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight when he got in an altercation with the cops. His victim version of what happened was that for no reason whatsoever, officers held him to the ground with a gun in his face.
Bennett accused one officer of saying he’d “blow my f***ing head off” (which is not heard in the footage) and “forcefully jammed his knee” into his back, making it difficult for Bennett to breathe, the Daily Wire reported.
“The Officers’ excessive use of force was unbearable,” he wrote in his public post on the matter. “I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed.”
Based on police footage of the incident, it appears to be true that Las Vegas police drew their weapons on Bennett. However, that’s where the honesty of what he said happened ends and diverges into a story to add to his anti-cop activism.
Sources connected to the investigation tell TMZ Sports … when cops responded to the club for a possible shooting, they ordered everyone to get down and not move so they could properly search and investigate.
We’re told Bennett did not stay put — instead, he ran — and a cop outside the club stopped him and ordered him down to the ground at gunpoint.
Our sources say Bennett was detained until cops could determine he was not involved in any possible criminal activity … and he was released.
The officers’ approach to the potential shooting situation was completely reasonable based on the available evidence but how Bennett responded was not. The NFL Commissioner disagrees, coming to the defense of his entitled players once again by taking a big stance against law enforcement.
According to Bleacher Report:
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement through league spokesman Brian McCarthy on Wednesday voicing support for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett after he said he was the victim of excessive force used by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 6, 2017
In addition to Goodell, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll released a statement Wednesday in support of Bennett.
“What happened with Michael is a classic illustration of the reality of inequality demonstrated daily,” Carroll wrote.
“May this incident inspire all of us to respond with compassion when inequalities are brought to light, and allow us to have the courage to stand for change.”
Here we go again with the complete avoidance of facts when it comes to cops interacting with a black man. What do the commissioner and coach expect police to do when someone refuses their orders and runs from them, which Bennett reportedly did in this circumstance? Show compassion rather than enforce the law? That’s not how this works and suggesting such a thing is putting countless other people in danger simply to prevent anyone from crying “racism.”
The “race card” shouldn’t give people the license to disobey police orders who are responding to a crime, no matter how prominent a person you are or what sport you play professionally. Bennett is nothing more than a racist activist masquerading as an athlete and is trying to score on a situation where he was clearly in the wrong.
Despite his sob story of saying that he thought he was going to die that night for simply being a black man, Bennett shouldn’t have tried to run from authorities. He got what he wanted out of this incident and it’s a reason to protest more at every game throughout the season.