Authorities issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett Authentic Taylor Hall Jersey , who is accused of injuring a paraplegic woman as he tried get onto the field at last year’s Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother.
The Harris County district attorney’s office said a grand jury indicted the 32-year-old Bennett, acquired earlier this month by the Philadelphia Eagles, on a felony count of injury to the elderly.
Bennett was a spectator at the game at NRG Stadium in Houston in February 2017 when he tried to get onto the field immediately afterward to see his brother, Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Patriots at the time. Prosecutors allege he pushed through security personnel, including a 66-year-old woman in a wheelchair who was a stadium employee and who had told him to use a different entrance to access the field. Bennett is also accused of pushing two other people Authentic Oscar Lindberg Jersey , including another woman, and ignoring a request by a police officer to stop as he made his way onto the field.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Bennett allegedly told the people he had pushed, ”You all must know who I am and I can own this (expletive). I’m going down to the field, whether you like it or not.”
Acevedo called Bennett ”morally bankrupt” for pushing the two women. Police said the disabled woman suffered a sprained shoulder when she was allegedly pushed by Bennett, hitting the back of her 800-pound, motorized wheelchair.
”Mr. Bennett may think that because he’s an NFL player and some time passed … he may have thought that Jacob Markstrom Jersey , number one, rules don’t apply to him, number two, he doesn’t have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman who’s trying to earn a living,” Acevedo said at a news conference.
Acevedo said a detective did not actively start working the case until September because the police department had prioritized more serious cases.
The charge of injury to the elderly can be filed if a person intentionally or knowingly causes injury to a person 65 or older. It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. County authorities say they’re talking with Bennett’s legal team about surrendering on the charge.
The Eagles acquired Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks Authentic Teuvo Teravainen Jersey , where he became one of the dominant defensive linemen in the game. Bennett had 8 sacks last season and has 54 in his nine-year career. Bennett has three years remaining on his contract, with a base salary of just $1.65 million in 2018. That number jumps to $6 million in 2019 and $7.5 million in 2020.
”We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Eagles said. ”Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
Bennett’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, did not respond to a message seeking comment Friday.
Lions coach Matt Patricia will have a familiar face joining the defense in Detroit.
According to multiple reports Youth Alejandro Villanueva Jersey , linebacker Marquis Flowers will sign with the Lions. Flowers was cut by the Patriots, who employed Patricia as defensive coordinator until he was hired by the Lions, over the weekend.
Flowers was a Bengals sixth-round pick in 2014 and was traded to the Patriots before last season. He played just over a quarter of the defensive snaps and was a regular on special teams while appearing in every game. Flowers finished the regular season with 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
The Lions currently have six linebackers on their 53-man roster and Flowers will join defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois as 2017 Patriots defenders who have made the move to Detroit this offseason.
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