Report: Michael Bennett to turn himself in Monday

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A warrant was issued for Michael Bennett’s arrest, but the Eagles defensive end has been out of the country.

His attorney, Rusty Hardin, told USA Today that Bennett plans to surrender Monday.

A Houston grand jury indicted Bennett on a felony charge of injury of the elderly, stemming from an incident at last year’s Super Bowl. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hardin told USA Today he was “concerned about the rhetoric” conveyed by police after Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo criticized Bennett during a press conference Friday.

“My initial reaction is that everyone needs to calm down a little bit,” Hardin said. “He’s a professional football player who is very respected for his work on social issues. I’m going to take my time to find out what occurred.”

77 responses to “Report: Michael Bennett to turn himself in Monday

  1. The league needs to do the defending champions a solid and rescind the trade. The Seahawks like any sleazy used car salesman unloaded a lemon on the Eagles! Especially if the NFL is going to suspend Bennett. We want our 5th round pick and receiver back Seattle!

  2. Yeah that police cheifs presser opened the door for a nice long legal exercise. Even the lawyer in the article said he’d take his time figuring out what happened.

    Bennett will offer some plea and community service and some payment, but his lawyer will be making 10x that off him in the next 5 months.

  3. Only in today’s society can a 67 year old woman in a wheelchair be part of the security detail during the Super Bowl.

  4. I also thought there was some unusually strong language from the Houston PD, but I don’t know any of the facts of this case. If the allegations are true then I can understand the Chief’s language.

    But dang it’d be nice if SOMEONE could keep a level head in a sensitive situation…

    I DO know I don’t like it when any case finally goes to trial after a lengthy period of (what looks like) nothingness… it just automatically looks weak to start with.

  5. Very respected by whom?

    Bennett makes up lies about the police and assaulted an elderly handicapped woman.

    Watch all the but but but apologists making excuses in 5 4 3 2…..

  6. Mr. Hardin, remind me what social issues Bennett was working on in Vegas when he fraudulently claimed he was a victim of police brutality…

    Your client doesn’t have a reputation for honesty or being worthy of respect.

  7. well respected for his work on social issues? what exactly has michael bennett ever done? also why did the media just completely sweep that vegas incident under the rug?

  8. If i’m the captain at the station i order everyone there to turn on body cameras and don’t shut them off until entire process has been completed. Don’t leave this liar one second to make something up

  9. I’m no fan of Michael Bennett. I think he’s a racist POS and I wasn’t happy the Eagles traded for him, regardless of past production. Having said that, in his defense I find it very odd (1) it took more than 13 months for them to decide to address this in any way (2) there’s no video footage…at the SuperBowl (3) a police officer witnessed the event and did nothing about it (4) the Seahawks really didn’t know anything about this and lastly, (6) IF true, wouldn’t he have had to disclose this to both his former team at the time, and the Birds?

    The whole thing just doesn’t add up.

  10. He’s a professional football player who is very respected for his work on social issues” …

    Yeah, lead with that, totally outweighs assaulting a handicapped old lady.

  11. They’re trying to make an example out of him. I knew it as soon as they held a live press conference acting like it was some sort of nationwide manhunt for this man.

  12. Rusty Hardin is slimy but he always wins. Bennett will get off with a slap on the wrist.

  13. I love that these Bennett brothers cry racial injustice and yet every time they get in actual trouble with the law society gives them a massive helping hand to erase wrongdoings of their own personal volition.

  14. Hardin said. “He’s a professional football player who is very respected for his work on social issues. Rusty, Rusty, Rusty….that sentence is spinning so fast I can barely read it.

  15. I find it very suspicious that it took 14 months before we ever heard about this. You can’t wait that long to decide he did something illegal. Also I dislike Bennett.

  16. I was going to say something about him being respected. But by judging all the above comments, I don’t have to.

  17. Respected? Quite the opposite. My own take is that this is not somethimg that warrants any large punishment DESPITE the disdain he has earned. If she had any mecical bills Bennett should pay them. Other than that the court should drop it and the league can warn him if they want but I dont think this is where Bennett has earned any real punishment.

  18. “He’s a professional football player who is very respected for his work on social issues.”

    Did the attorney actually keep a straight face when he said that? I’m laughing and I only read the sentence.

  19. The only eyewitness to the alleged crime was a…….HOUSTON COP……who did nothing at the time.

  20. Perhaps Texas will do what the NFL has failed to do and that would be to hold Bennett accountable for his actions

  21. I get that Michael Bennett presents himself as a self-centered, immature, for himself, lying, douche bag. However, I think a lot of the thumb downs are emotional and not logical. If I did what he did, and we didn’t even see it, I would not be indicted by a grand jury and have the chief of police talking about me. I am not sticking up for Bennett one bit. I think it is very reasonable to wonder why it took 13 months. Probably, she was trying to settle it quietly and asking for way too much money. Now, since he won’t willingly be extorted for a ridiculous amount of money, there is outrage and the lady wants to press charges. Cops may be retaliating because of what he did. But reality is, because of the time that has passed, something is going on here, and we are missing the pieces to the puzzle for sure. If she went and reported this incident to the police immediately, why is the media getting their hands on it just now?

  22. Rusty, that was truly the most idiotic thing a lawyer could have said in his defense. He’s guilty as hell. Maybe some jail time in county general pop will hold him accountable for assaulting a handicapped female…!

  23. viciousjay says:
    March 25, 2018 at 9:47 pm
    In the words of Red Foreman… DUMB@SS!

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    Now theres a flash from the past

  24. He likely be out Tuesday. Hopefully when he is taken in for his 1st hearing to be formally charged they set no bail until his next hearing, let him sit and stew for a little bit. If I can have a no bail warrant for fines at one time a few years ago, surely they can hold Bennett on no bail for beating an old lady.

  25. So it took 13 months to bring this up…then the police chief was outraged…after 13 months. I look at it this way, if a stadium hires a 66 year old wheelchair bound paraplegic for a security detail during the Super Bowl and then expect louts and drunkards to suddenly be respectful and honor bound to listen, there are some issues to be discussed in Texas. The cops said they had more pressing cases to handle because bruising the shoulder of someone who was put in a ridiculous position obviously wasn’t important at the time. How can you even justify applying this law because someone that age was hired to perform a task that may require a physical confrontation? Good people, there are multiple articles out about this incident. He didn’t DDT a 800 lbs wheelchair nor did he beat an old woman. Check the story out.

  26. I am not a Bennett fan, but man some of you are willing to hang anyone based solely on a charge. You are INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty. Not for anything, the way these charges came about are very fishy to me. Now I am sure this guy Bennett is an arrogant athlete who feels he can do what he wants, but my issue is if what he did was an arrestable offense, then why didn’t the cop arrest him on the spot? Especially if he hurt someone! Not for anything, but cops lie as much as anyone and I have seen it with my own eyes. Everyone should relax before getting a rope and stringing this guy up. One big problem is they are lacking evidence in this case. Cops have motives to go after this guy for his foolishness in Las Vegas, so I am not defending his character in anyway, but man from everything I heard so far from this case it sounds like a bunch of BS just to get back at this guy.

  27. gtodriver says:

    Mr. Hardin, remind me what social issues Bennett was working on in Vegas when he fraudulently claimed he was a victim of police brutality…
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    He was “bringing awareness”. Or something.

  28. Wellman says:
    March 25, 2018 at 11:22 pm
    Respected? Quite the opposite. My own take is that this is not somethimg that warrants any large punishment DESPITE the disdain he has earned. If she had any mecical bills Bennett should pay them. Other than that the court should drop it and the league can warn him if they want but I dont think this is where Bennett has earned any real punishment.

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    To those that downvoted note that all I did was suggest the outcome should be the same as if it was not MB, like it would be for any arrogant lout at the game that got into it with the ushers. I dont like the guy and think he will get into trouble at some point but this isnt it yet. When guys act out like this they generally get ejected from the park and slapped with a trespass charge, that the court usually tosses the first time and only presses if the person sets a pattern of doing it over and over. The lawyer can make it go away by covering medical bills and tossing her a few Im sorry bucks. Bennetts biggest punishment will be the money his lawyer bleeds him for and that actually sounds like it wont be shy. The reason I dont want to see Bennett punished any more than any other guy acting like a tool and getting into it with the ushers is because if he does get singled out for extra it gives creedence to his arguments about being persecuted.

    Of course, banning him from stadiums would be in line with what happens to others. Not ban him from the field that would be punishing the team more than MB. But he can be shut out from coming as a spectator to things he isnt playing at.

  29. I was super disappointed the day of the trade. Didn’t want him on the Eagles then, definitely don’t want him on the Eagles now.

    Looks to me like I may not have anything to worry about. If the law is actually upheld, he will either be suspended or in jail. Or both.

    But, Im ticked off if anyone in the NFL knew about this, and it wasn’t shared with the Eagles FO beforehand. Very suspicious that it comes out a week after he is traded. We basically threw away a 5th rounder in a year that we have extremely few picks as it is.

  30. Respected on his social issues? No he is not. The guy is a liar and a racist. This will not end well for him.

  31. This is a low class guy.
    His past actions and attitude make me think he is.
    If guilty, I hope they throw the book at him.

    If not, I’d be surprised.
    We should let it play out and see.

  32. The press conference, the 13 MONTH timeframe where NOBODY heard about this, no arrest at the Super Bowl, no video, the teams didn’t know, the NFL didn’t know….

    None of that seems a bit odd? When we live in a day that Adam Schefter tweets that a player sneezed 2 minutes before they actually do??

  33. His sister was taking video at the end of the Super Bowl. Google it if you don’t believe me. I watched the video from the last whistle of the game until he was running across the playing field. At NO time did anyone try to stop him from going on the field. At NO time was there ever a person in a wheelchair in the picture. At NO time did he speak to anyone on his way to meet up with his brother. I think he’s a loud mouth and an oddball, but I don’t think he did what they’re alleging. He’s not a Seahawk anymore so I’m not some homey trying to defend his actions. The video doesn’t lie, but it looks like the cop did.

  34. so much for innocent until proven guilty. i dislike bennett as much as anyone in the league, but in todays society and in the court of public opinion it is very clear that you are guilty until proven innocent.

  35. Why did it take 14 months to bring charges? Why is there no video evidence when there must have been a thousand security cameras at the venue? Why is a frail 67 year old women part of a security detail? The whole thing just doesn’t sound right.

  36. NOT a Bennett fan..Not the Person or player..But why did it take almost 15 month’s for this ? Something Isn’t right.Seems like a good old fashion Witch-hunt ..The Super Bowl is one of the Most Filmed, Televised,Watched events in the world every year..And This Wasn’t reported when it happened???? And done by a High Profiled Athlete !..I smell some “crap” …someone didn’t get paid now someone wants revenge ..SOMETHING ISN’T RIGHT !!!

  37. “He is a professional football player who is very respected for his work on social issues”
    Very respected? he Lied about the night club issue!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wealth does not mean respected!!

  38. Bennet probably has a target on his back from the PD department since he accused the Vegas cops. The houston chief was probably excited he got something on the fool which is why he went all wild in his press conference.

  39. NOT a Bennett fan..Not the Person or player..But why did it take almost 15 month’s for this ? Something Isn’t right.Seems like a good old fashion Witch-hunt

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    David, there is such a back log they are done in the order of importance and/or public safety.

    It’s not unusual in a major city.

  40. Respected for his work on social issues??? Everything he does makes it harder for people that are truly being discriminated against get the justice they deserve. This is the guy that people point to when they when they defend racist.

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