Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman, who made headlines disrespecting the National Anthem at games last season, has been indicted for injuring a 66 year-old paraplegic woman.
The woman was working security at Super Bowl LI and, when she told Bennett to use a different entrance, he got physical with her, KHOU reports:
“A Harris County grand jury Friday indicted Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett for the felony charge of injury of the elderly for allegedly injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic who was working at NRG Stadium to control access to the field at Super Bowl LI, prosecutors said.”
“NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled woman, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access.
“Instead, he pushed through them, including the woman who was part of the security team.”
“During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible and called Bennett ‘morally bankrupt.’”
“Bennett, 32, is being charged with ‘injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older.’
“The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.”
Houston police say that, if they encounter Bennett before he turns himself in, he will be arrested. The Philadelphia Eagles, who traded for Bennett in a deal with the Seattle Seahawks in the off-season, say they're aware of the arrest, but have no comment.
While with the Seahawks last season, Bennett repeatedly protested during the National Anthem by refusing to stand when the song was played to honor the country prior to games.