Michael Bennett: Police encounter “changed me, spiritually”

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It’s been a week since Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett disclosed that he had an encounter with Las Vegas police on August 26. On Wednesday, Bennett appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the situation.

Bennett said the incident, which he contends included having a gun pointed at his head, “changed me, spiritually.”

“Every time I see my wife, I try to kiss her like it’s the first time we ever met,” Bennett added. “Every time I play with my daughters I try to hold them like they were just born. Because I don’t know. And the situation right there just made it a reality for me that . . . it could happen at any moment.”

Bennett feared being shot by police, after Bennett ran from the sound of shots being fired.

“I’m terrified,” Bennett said. “I’m literally just, like, worried if I make the wrong decision . . . if I move too fast, if I twitch, and somebody says I’m resisting . . . because I’m a big guy, you know what I’m saying?”

Bennett continues to explain his belief that the decision to not stand for the national anthem isn’t un-American.

“I think it’s un-American what happened to me, having guns drawn on me,” Bennett said. “I say it’s un-American what happened to Eric Garner. It’s un-American, what happened to Trayvon Martin. It’s un-American that there’s . . . no equality for people. . . . What I’m doing is . . . it’s the most American thing that you could do, is fight for equality for everybody, and have a unity for the country.”

As people continue to take issue with players using the anthem as a platform for bringing attention to causes they find meaningful, fans continue to disrespect the anthem without any real purpose for doing so.

“This past game we heard guys even in the moment of silence for the hurricane victims . . . I heard people shouting and being to me disrespectful,” Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said on Wednesday’s PFT Live. “But again everybody has their own opinion. They have their own beliefs. It is what it is. For me personally the reason why I stated that and why I thought it was important is because as athletes we have a platform. We have an opportunity to speak up about social issues that we feel dearly about. And I know that some fans could say that you’re being paid to put on this product. And I agree with them wholeheartedly. They’re not being paid to stand in the stands. They’re actually paying to come to the games. They don’t necessarily have a platform in that particular instance to make a social topic relevant. So why is it difficult for fans to understand that and also to just follow suit as well to stand for the national anthem if they feel so strongly about that? There’s a broader topic here, a broader conversation. My point is we’re all imperfect human beings. Why can’t we just inject some more empathy and understanding instead of just pointing the finger all the time?”

Empathy and understanding. What a concept. It’s apparently a concept that, for many, has become way too elusive.

63 responses to “Michael Bennett: Police encounter “changed me, spiritually”

  1. Bennett lied. Nobody threatened to blow his head off. But perhaps he should have jumped a wall and tried to run from them. I’m sick of all these people lying and exaggerating about their encounters with police officers. Most of these officers would pull them out of a burning car. It’s shameful the way the left is treating them, but it’s just another reason Trump is president.

  2. Don’t run from the cops. Don’t try to steal a cop’s gun. Don’t be a criminal. Don’t beat up people, putting them in fear for their life.

    Trayvon Martin, really?

  3. Everyone in that casino potentially could have had guns in their face. But they didn’t because they listened to the cops when they were casing the floor looking the “active shooting suspect”.

    But innocent victim you decides to do the exact thing the suspect they were looking for would do, not listen and run. Congrats, now whatever political statement you say from here on out will be disregarded and your race card forever revoked. Call the wambalance and FO.

  4. He won’t run from the police anymore when they have guns drawn because they are on an active shooter call or does he mean he will lie about a different confrontation that he can manufacture with less scrutiny?

  5. He didn’t “run from the shots being fired.” He hid behind a slot machine while the police cleared the casino looking for an active shooter. Then when the police approached him, he ran like a bandit and was subdued, questioned and released. Don’t act like a criminal in a dangerous situation and you won’t get treated like one.

  6. Funny we haven’t seen a quality video of what really happened. I’ve been to Vegas and they have cameras about every 10 feet in and around casinos. But that might screw up the media narrative so they quit looking for it.

  7. What Michael???? You mean you will listen to police commands from now on???? You were so mistreated weren’t you???? Follow directions & that stuff won’t happen anymore….

  8. it’s not “empathy and understanding” that’s the problem. I empathize completely with the LVPD officers that detained Bennett and I understand whole heartedly why they did it but on this site that makes me nothing more than a racist fool.

  9. I imagine he’s been around friends and family that have died or are suffering from serious illnesses or economic hardship, yet he’s suddenly had a spiritual awakening and now appreciates life after getting placed on the ground and handcuffed because he ran from the cops following a shooting? Sheesh, that’s an interesting perspective.

  10. “I think it’s un-American what happened to me, having guns drawn on me,” Bennett said. “I say it’s un-American what happened to Eric Garner. It’s un-American, what happened to Trayvon Martin.
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    In the first two cases the suspects ran from the police. Bennett was hiding behind a slot machine when the police spotted him and told him to step forward (remember they are looking for an active shooter). Instead of complying – he runs. Garner was resisting arrest. In case you didn’t know both of those situations are against the law.

    In Trayvon Martin’s case, he was assaulting a man and had him pinned to the ground and would not stop beating him. In every case, the law was followed. In every case, the “victim” was breaking the law.

  11. Can we PLEASE STOP putting what happened to Trayvon Martin in the same conversation with Eric Garner, Philando Castillo, Alton Sterling, etc. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a fellow citizen, not a POLICE OFFICER.

    Yes, when having a discussion about young black men being shot, what happened to Trayvon Martin should be in the discussion. But when talking about whether or not police are targeting innocent young black men in ‘Muricah, Trayvon Martin SHOULD NOT BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION.

    If NFL players are protesting injustice in black community, then they need to expand the discussion from just police brutality and hassling innocent citizens. Living in the NW suburbs of Chicago, I read/hear about young black men being killed at the hands of young black men every Monday morning. If they truly want to make an impact, when asked why they continue to protest, they need to bring that into the discussion.

    And for the record, I’m all for ending the ridiculous practice of having fans, players, and stadium employees stand for a “national anthem” before a sporting event other than the Olympics where you are representing your country in the games. It’s what they did in communist countries and countries led by dictators and not what I would say a “free people” would chose to do.

  12. In Trayvon Martin’s case, he was assaulting a man and had him pinned to the ground and would not stop beating him. In every case, the law was followed by the system. In every case, the “victim” was breaking the law.

  13. Bennett set the LVPD up to promote his agenda. He acted very deliberately and suspiciously to draw their attention. I’m tired of the race card. I hope the LVPD sues him for slander.

  14. Oh stop the poor me act. You bully people for a living. You just thought you could get away from the Hispanic cops because you didn’t think they were looking.

  15. Sure it did, just like it changed Kap and just like it changed Jemele Hill from ESPN. She actually should be fired, if she was white and made statement about former President Obama should would of been, hands down. But Curt Shilling gets fired lol. ESPN is a joke.

  16. It would serve the cause of equality for all if these stories were carefully vetted and each side was presented. Facing the end of a gun is a traumatic experience. For law enforcement it is also part of their job.

  17. Bennett shows absolutely no introspection or contrition in the role he played in the police suspecting him as the criminal they were searching for. Had Bennett not hid and run from the police then the police would not had to escalate the encounter to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.

    It’s also ridiculous for Bennett to suggest that the police pose the greatest risk to his life. All the statistics show that other men who look like Bennett pose the greatest risk to Bennett’s life, and by a significant margin.

    Bennett’s completely one-sided perspective is more of what we’ve come to expect on this topic.

  18. I think people’s failure to comprehend the magnitude of the situations Bennett is speaking on and Kap is kneeling for is a result of a lack of education. The NBA’s fan base is a younger, slightly more educated and much more progressive crowd, and the social awareness of the league reflects that. For many African American males encounters with the police feel like life or death situations and that shouldn’t be ignored. We are told the police is here to serve/protect us, not harras/intimidate or harm us. As my mom is nervous for me whenever I’m stopped speeding or a minor traffic infraction, I am concerned for my children because as African America’s they will be stereotyped, profiled and will have to deal with the ignorance that runs rampant in our beloved country. If you don’t see an issue in this country, you are part of the problem.

  19. Always funny to see a bunch of privileged white dudes, who have likely never had the cops pull them over or question them, lecturing people on how to handle unreasonable demands from the police.

  20. Much like how police officers are changed when they encounter the same belligerence and lack of regard for anybody’s life in certain neighborhoods. How some people can get behind this whole one sided movement I’ll never understand

  21. Video proves that the dude is LYING! Yet none of the mainstream sports media has the courage to report against their narrative.

  22. davejsepdx says:

    Always funny to see a bunch of privileged white dudes, who have likely never had the cops pull them over or question them, lecturing people on how to handle unreasonable demands from the police.
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    Who are the ‘privileged white dudes’ of whom you speak?

  23. Oh, whatever, a huge load of BS. It’s already been established that this was completely staged and paid for by someone, most likely that nut libtard George Soros.

  24. How about the fact that he waited 10 days to complain then it turned out his story was crap. He thinks he is the second coming of Malcolm x and all he is an over-paid player who hates cops. I find it amazing how Mike Florio always defends the players and never waits for the whole story. Next time Bennet opens his mouth against the police and calls it racism he might what to look at the race of officers involved..both Hispanic. Maybe Florio should stick to football and stay away from so-called social justice.

  25. “Every time I see my wife, I try to kiss her like it’s the first time we ever met,” Bennett added. “Every time I play with my daughters I try to hold them like they were just born. Because I don’t know. And the situation right there just made it a reality for me that . . . it could happen at any moment.”

    Stay home, purchase the PPV and invite a few friends over. (Vegas is overrated)

  26. I wonder if he thinks it’s un-American what’s happening to hundreds of African-American teens being murdered in Chicago every year by other African-American teens.

  27. “Don’t act like a criminal in a dangerous situation and you won’t get treated like one.”

    He was black. They just assumed he was a criminal.

  28. davejsepdx says:
    September 13, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    “Always funny to see a bunch of privileged white dudes, who have likely never had the cops pull them over or question them, lecturing people on how to handle unreasonable demands from the police.”

    Unreasonable demands? Seriously? When you run from the police, who tell you to stop,that is NOT an unreasonable demand. Anything you do after that is and should be considered dangerous.
    “Privileged white dudes”. Sounds pretty racist to me.

  29. Changed you spiritually? I see no where in this post that Bennett has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. THAT is how you get changed spiritually!

  30. Did the LVPD detain every black person their or just detain the one that was hiding and running from them? The answer to that question may give you some clarity on what prompted the police to detain MB in the first place.

  31. The boy who cried wolf. Give up the lies already, Bennett. Nobody’s buying your BS anymore. Your victim story has been proven to be a lie. Just stop. Oh, and quit jumping offsides. Got caught twice last week again.

  32. Equality…… as long as its the way you see it right Bennett.
    I believe your an idiot and its my right to say so.

  33. DerekCarrsGoldenArm says:

    And for the record, I’m all for ending the ridiculous practice of having fans, players, and stadium employees stand for a “national anthem” before a sporting event other than the Olympics where you are representing your country in the games. It’s what they did in communist countries and countries led by dictators and not what I would say a “free people” would chose to do.
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    Probably every country in the world plays their national anthem before sporting events.

  34. juice08 says:

    He was black. They just assumed he was a criminal.
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    Was there a white person who ran and the police chose not to pursue them? No. Why didn’t they detain every black person and let every white person go free? Please explain this.

  35. America is such a mess right now. This story is quiet because the lib media can’t find a crack in the story. Bennett gave a statement 10 days after the incident once video was coming out. He was the reason why he was cuffed and kneed in the back. I wish the Seahawks would trade him for an Olineman and not Jimmy.

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