Roger Goodell issues statement supporting Michael Bennett

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he’s behind Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett after his allegation of mistreatment from the Las Vegas police.

In a statement released by the league, Goodell praised Bennett for his leadership.

“Michael Bennett represents the best of the NFL — a leader on his team and in his community,” Goodell said. “Our foremost concern is the welfare of Michael and his family. While we understand the Las Vegas police department will address this later this evening, the issues Michael has been raising deserve serious attention from all of our leaders in every community. We will support Michael and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under the law.”

Video has surfaced showing Bennett face-down on the ground, being handcuffed. The Las Vegas police have said they are investigating Bennett’s claim that an officer pointed a gun at Bennett’s head and threatened to blow his head off, which is not shown in the video.

45 responses to “Roger Goodell issues statement supporting Michael Bennett

  1. It’s virtue signaling moments like these that makes me completely unsympathetic to the sjw crusade against Goodell. O back to running a sports league and worry less about bathroom genders or whatever is the cause of the day

  2. The defining feature of a real patriot isn’t flag waving and cheerleading televised invasions, but a tireless commitment to the civil liberties expressed in our Constitution. There aren’t many things in life worth dying for, but that’s one of them. If we can’t agree that these core civil liberties represent a fundamental part of the American experiment, then America no longer exists. People of color are the canaries in the coal mine when it comes to injustice, police brutality and militarization of a rogue police state. We can have wonderful, brave officers and military personnel and we can have police brutality, excessive force and injustice. They are not mutually exclusive events. Attempts to delegitimize these claims every step of the way only hurts all of us when the state turns on the most privileged including all of us.

  3. Again, a board of denial and the use of anger and ugly comments because it doesn’t negatively affect you or your loved ones.

  4. Roger, you are screwing up the game. You are sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong. You are causing the NFL to lose fans like me. You might not need my blessing, but The NFL needs our money… PS: 6 games for Ezekiel Elliot? Wow, you have power

  5. Vegas PD was looking for an active shooter. Video from the casino corroborate this. Bennett was found crouching behind a machine. Then when told to get down he fled. He’s lucky his own stupidity didn’t get him killed.

  6. jsrdc says:
    September 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm
    So, his getting arrested is NOT conduct detrimental to the league?


    He didn’t get arrested.

  7. Ya support the guy who fled, was pursued, detained, and then debriefed by a field supervisor at which point he said “No problem, officers”, turns around 2 weeks later and claims he was terrorized merely for the color of his skin… Ya know, I’ll watch the Packers, but no other games, no Redzone, no NFL Network, eff the NFL for trying to put this on lawmen who were just doing their jobs.

  8. Reading some comments here and other websites convinces me how moronic this society truly is. Suppose why Trump is Pres but c’mon dude was mistreated in one way or another so quit throwing shade back on him like it’s his fault. Actually starting to understand why Kaep is doing what he is doing. I am a 37 year old white guy but sure some automatically would assume I am black, which contributes to our problem

  9. Looking at the comments section of this site you see just how divisive and ignorant people are. What’s disturbing but not surprising is that when it comes to comments on people being treated respectfully and equally in the community there is a majority of thumbs down and negative responses. It is indicative of the country we live in. Imagine if players refused to block or throw he ball to each other because of their race or politics. The team would lose all the time. America will never be great again if we don’t work together. That is why America has been losing its place as the worlds number one nation. People want to point fingers at each other without taking responsibility for their own actions and cultural biases as the reason for the country’s demise. If you think that the country’s new nationalist course will make America great again take a look at the last time a nation took that course and how it worked out. World War 2! At least that time America was on the “Good” side of the fight.

  10. What a bunch of crap. Goodell is doing what O’Bama always did — throwing the cops under the bus before the facts are even known.

  11. Aught oh. Roger backing one of his players? This will really confuse the fanboys because they think everything, including Hurricane Harvey and their own self-unemployment, is Roger’s fault.

  12. I was present somewhere where a serious situation erupted and the cops came in having to sort it out. They arrived not knowing who is the threat and who is not. They told everyone to get down and stay where they were. Stupid me thinks since I had nothing to do with it I dont have to listen to them. I got handled a whole lot more roughly than he did. This was years ago, I have thankfully sprouted a brain since then. And also figured out that it was my own fault that I got myself handled so roughly.

  13. football players never do anything wrong.. they just always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and get mistreated…. right!!!

  14. If Bennett took off after being told to stay where he was then he’s lucky what happened to him wasn’t worse.
    The question I have, (I have not seen the video), was anyone else fleeing the scene?

  15. buckyhamm says:
    September 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm
    Cops can do whatever they want … no story here.

    I was a cop in Newark NJ for 22 years (retired in 2015)….you couldnt possibly be more wrong.

  16. So unless there is video proof of police acting inappropriately then it didn’t happen? Nothing wrong with wanting to get all the facts but there’s a lot of “until it’s proven otherwise, he deserved it “going on. The time I was next to an active shooting I ran my butt off and I wouldn’t have heard anyone barking orders in the panic. There are a lot of great cops out there but there are also a lo of cops that want that job because they want power over people and it shouldn’t come as a shock when they abuse it. Case in point, nurse in Utah. Fortunately for her there were cameras rolling the entire time. Something tells me if that’s wasn’t the case we’d be hearing lots of, ” she got in the way of a police investigation”

  17. The public demands body cameras. This rogue officer turned his off.
    He should be immediately fired.

    Maybe the next cop will keep the camera on and not profile, demean, and threaten someone just because that officer has rage issues.

    You are guilty until proven innocent if your camera is off.

  18. Goodell just sold out the law and order crowd of NFL fans. I hope the NFL finally suffers the ratings plunge that it blamed on the 2016 election last season. I cancelled my Sunday Ticket, and will now look upon Sundays merely as a social event with friends and family rather than a fanatical ritual. It will be a gradual withdrawal from the NFL with more emphasis on college football Saturday. You don’t see college football throwing soldiers and cops under the bus!

  19. They told everyone to freeze and he ran. That’s the story that is not being reported.

    I hear what sounds like gun shots and I am thinking run.

  20. Active shooter. Guy runs after told to stay down. Why run if your not guilty. I had a gun drawn to me by a cop twice. Both while driving the wrong color car at the time. Once while i was working wearing my car dealers uniform the other leaving a buds house. Both in broad daylight. Mistaken identity. I answered their questions and left. Its simple people. Btw im a white guy. Why i got pulled over. Brown van green sedan seen leaving robberies.

  21. Yes I Roger Goodell support Michael Bennett in his time of need.
    If Michael is charged, I pray the fact finder relies on acceptable
    legal standards that enables he or she to make a fair and balanced
    I also hope that if Mr. Bennet is found in some way wrong that the
    appellate review can review the underlying evidence to determine if the
    evidence is legally sufficient. I also pray Mr. Bennet be afforded the basic
    right of an independent appeal, where the appellate hearing officer can
    actually review the testimony of the victim and actually review the medical
    opinions in a fair and unbiased manner. In short the appellate review that is
    conducted is de novo. Where the an indepndant arbitrator can actually
    be free to examine the evidence fully not to be limited to the determining
    if some type of process occurred.
    Fans have to understand that any decision Goodell makes is NOT
    subject to any type of fair review. So if Goodell determines that
    when he heard testimony from Whitey Bulger and that he found that
    Whiteys testimony was credible …no one, no arbitrator can overturn that
    finding. Henderson, the appellate officer’s sole power was to determine
    if Goodell took testimony from Whitey. If Goodell did and ruled that he
    believed Whitey to be credible ..that’s it.!!!
    Elliot in a sense can’t say …hey Roger do you think Whitey may be
    lying? After all he tried to be get his friend to lie to the police for
    me. He also threatened me. He also stated he would try to blackmail
    Sorry Zeke ..even though Whitey tried to get a friend to make up
    a story to the cops …and made threats ..I think Whitey is telling
    the truth.
    Then the arbitrator …my decision is based upon the fact that
    Roger held a hearing and found Whitey to be the truth …that’s
    all I can review.

  22. Its amazing how incredibly unsympathetic the commenters on this site are. Not everyone of them of course but most of them are. If it doesn’t directly affect they’re blind to the reasoning or logic. smh

  23. “Michael Bennett represents the best of the NFL……..We will support Michael and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under the law.”
    Respect the law ???!!!!

    …….Hey Roger, I bet your conduct policy and resultant punishments wouldn’t stand up for two minutes in most courts of law. Its only the ridiculous CBA that keeps you in your job.

    I bet there were plenty of people up in New England who smiled reading this…(the bit about fair and equal treatment under the law)……

  24. hexy27 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 9:04 pm
    The public demands body cameras. This rogue officer turned his off.
    He should be immediately fired.

    Maybe the next cop will keep the camera on and not profile, demean, and threaten someone just because that officer has rage issues.

    You are guilty until proven innocent if your camera is off.

    Lynch mob mentality on display.

  25. arwiv says:
    September 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm
    Can someone build a time-machine and take us back to the 80’s NFL? Please?


    Do you mean pre media?

  26. I’m glad we live in country where all cops are perfect. Everyone here already seems to know what happened in this case, Bennet ran. But when it’s numerous videos of unarmed black men not running and not aggressive being shot, it’s wait until we get all the information first. In either case, the black man loses. Along with perfect cops, we have no racist white people either…wow, I’m so blessed being black in America.

  27. With Bennett’s story collapsing – his “blow your head off” claim disproven by video evidence, the timing of his claim of racial targeting ten days after the incident being insincere (and overlooked by almost everyone), and now evidence he in fact was acting in suspicious manner and conducting himself in a manner that can legitimately be called resisting arrest – for Goodell or anyone else to support him shows he’s playing everyone for suckers.

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