Michael Bennett’s lawyer: Case will be exposed as “ludicrous”

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The lawyer for Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett says the accusation that he pushed and injured an elderly, disabled woman at last year’s Super Bowl will be exposed in due time as nonsense.

“There was no fighting, there was no pushing,” attorney Rusty Hardin told NJ.com. “The entire thing is ludicrous. That’s what I think we’ll find when it’s all over.”

The charge Bennett is facing is serious: It’s injury to the elderly, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Bennett is accused of pushing his way onto the field in Houston to celebrate after his brother, then-Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, and his team won the Super Bowl. In the process, the authorities allege, Bennett injured an elderly paraplegic woman who was working on the event staff at the game.

But Hardin said Bennett is not overly concerned because he knows he’s innocent and believes that when all the evidence comes to light, the charges will be shown to be trumped up.

“He knows he didn’t do this,” Hardin said. “He’s assuming the system will ultimately conclude that once they get all the information. But it’s obviously a very embarrassing and humiliating thing to go through, walking out of a court room with a bunch of TV cameras and in handcuffs, particularly for something you didn’t even do.”

Bennett was a player for the Seahawks at the time of the incident in question but was traded this offseason to the Eagles.

93 responses to “Michael Bennett’s lawyer: Case will be exposed as “ludicrous”

  1. It really depends if they have film or not. And even if they do, 10 years would be an assualt where somene was pounded viciously into the ground. I can aee this more being a heavy community service thing. Have him smile and make a bunch of goid showings in childrens hospitals and such. Helping disabled. His time would do more good for people that way than parked in a hail sell.

  2. You don’t have to like Bennet ,you don’t have to like the iggles but let’s be real here this is your classic definition of a money grab !

  3. Michael Bennett’s lawyer: Case will be exposed as “ludicrous”

    That’s funny Charles Manson’s lawyer said the same exact thing…..

  4. I doubt there’s evidence proving or disproving the allegations. If the Police don’t arrest somebody for an alleged crime and it gets referred to the Prosecutor and the Prosecutor then puts it through a Grand Jury, it’s usually a sign of a lack of evidence. That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, there just might be a lack of evidence showing what happened that night. Bennett feels falsely accused and is embarrassed about these things being said. I would like to refer him to Webster’s Dictionary and have him look up two words: irony and karma.

  5. I have not seen or heard any evidence…and yet I think he’s probably guilty of something. His past actions and continual bad attitude lead me to this conclusion. I might be wrong and if I am I’ll stand down….but honestly will anyone be surprised if he’s charged with some sort of wrongdoing?

  6. If video shows he was on the field for post game celebration he pushed his way past someone to get there…

  7. Michael Bennett should receive the same punishment that you or I would receive if we did the same thing. Celebrities should not receive preferential treatment, nor should they have tougher penalties.

  8. Everything about this charge smells funny. And if Jared Goff was the one being charge, there would be zero downvotes on the above comments.

  9. And Kaep’s lawyer assured us last October that his client would be signed by a team before November….

  10. If it comes down to an old lady in a wheelchair saying that’s the guy vs Bennett saying no I didn’t, I don’t like his chances.

  11. The only eye witness to the alleged crime was a …….Houston COP, who did nothing. Because there was nothing to charge him for.

  12. I mean…it is a lawyers job to say things like this regardless of the facts. A defense lawyer says the same to defend child molesters and murderers.

  13. Wonder if the real life Boss Hogg who owns the Texans also has as much influence on the local police as the fictional Boss Hogg did. LOL

  14. Three eye witnesses, one a LEO, and one injured, disabled, elderly woman in a wheel chair….

    If I’m the prosecutor, I want a jury trial!

  15. Ludicrous like his allegations of police brutality. The victim mentality never fades.

  16. When his sister sent in video that showed nothing of Michael before the incident and then
    after on the field it looks bad as the key time is not on the video. She releases a video without any part of what happened or didn’t with the worker on the field. Bennett is a major tool. He has the mentality that rules simply don’t apply to him whether in Las Vegas or right after the Super Bowl against Atlanta. Spoiled NFL player who makes a difference in his own mind.

  17. Will someone tell moodyponders that this incident happened during the prior super bowl… try and keep up

  18. It was the super bowl….. not one pic or video? This doesn’t go to trial, and he isn’t even paying a fine. However the DA and that sheriff won’t be re-elected.

    A cop stood there and witnessed it and did NOTHING! If anybody thinks that’s a good thing, you’re a dope. The defense doesn’t have to do anything, there’s literally NO evidence that this took place. And if it was that jammed up with people that he had to force his way through, only 3 people (including) the woman in the wheelchair witnessed this?

    I don’t like him, and I don’tike that he’s on my team. But some of you people are what’s wrong with the world. And I’m a white guy for the record.

  19. LV police released video of Micheal handcuffed after his being assaulted and no one can tell these are after videos, what is blinding?

  20. right and if it turns out that the case is actually not ludicrous than ole rusty will jump right to the cops are racist defense. It could never be possible that bennet is just being exposed for being a clueless bully

  21. ZEKE HAD THE LAW ON HIS SIDE AND HIS ACCUSER WAS A PROVEN GOLD DIGGING LIAR TRYING TO FRAME ZEKE WITH HER FRIEND TO ASTORT MONEY! AND THERE WAS PROOF OF THIS. AND NO PFOOF OF ZEKE EVER TOUCHING HER AT ALL!

    YET ZEKE GETS 10 GAMES!

    GOODELL DONT CARE ABOUT THE LAW! HE IS THE LAW! BENNETT = ONE YEARS SUSPENSION!

  22. Why is the stadium/nfl not being sued for putting an elderly handicapped woman in a position where she would be forced to contend with a celebratory crowd at the largest sporting event in all of professional sports?

    That’s my question. Perhaps Bennett was part of a throng if people who rushed the field and this poor woman got knocked down. Why was she in that position in the first place? Surely there was a safer place for her to be working rather than serving as on field security???

    Where the common sense anymore.

  23. I don’t understand this. The article makes it sound like, even if it did happen, it wasn’t intentional. The standard of the crime includes intent. This sounds like an accident in a mob of celebrating people? A civil suit -maybe-even but not a crime. Believe me, there are people who do very intentional abuse and harassment and they deserve their punishment when they are just rotten people and have no legitimate purpose for being a rotten person to someone. But that doesn’t seem to be what happened here.

  24. This is a tough one. Bennett has proven himself to be such a good guy in the past……….
    He’s been one to show that he’s credible when he makes claims and accusations………….

    I tried to do that with a straight face, I really did.

  25. rusty hardin is clemens’s lawyer who advised him to pull a peyton manning and used his wife to hide behind hippa to lie about using
    PEDs, so it does not matter what hardin says.

  26. The key to the trial is the jury. Conviction is extremely unlikely if there is just a single African American in the jury. George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murderng Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, because there was not one single African American in the jury.

  27. mudachains says:
    April 7, 2018 at 8:10 am
    Ludicrous that Bennett selfishly shoved an elderly lady and injured her? We agree! Prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.
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    Wow. Glad you believe in innocent till proven guilty. But it is freaking ludicrous.

    If the VICTIM is as described an elderly paraplegic security guard how in the world did she get in front of a 6 ft plus 260+ pro athlete? A parapeligic??? Come on.

  28. George is not white?? He is a minority too. But all through the case and still he’s considered white? And it then became a race thing???

  29. windham9 says:

    he’ll be lucky if he avoids jail. Texas doesn’t play, at minimum he gets probation.
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    Well, we are talking about Houston. Houston doesn’t really resemble Texas anymore.

  30. omeimontis says:

    The key to the trial is the jury. Conviction is extremely unlikely if there is just a single African American in the jury. George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murderng Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, because there was not one single African American in the jury.
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    So basically you’re saying everyone, black and white, are racist and will base their judgement on the accused’s skin color.

  31. IDK if they have film or not. Without film IDK who to believe. There is room to doubt either side. One observation I will make though is that after seeing may of these things it usually turns out that whoever was working harder to argue their case in the press ahead of time is the one that turns out to gave the weaker case come the court date.

  32. badboysgetspanked says:
    April 7, 2018 at 11:53 am
    Not defending Bennett, but why the hell is an elderly, paraplegic woman working security at a NFL football game????

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    She was an usher which is classified as a security position. If you have ever been to a major sporting event (not just football) you will notice that they have tried to give the usher jobs to elderly and disabled as much as possible. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s a nice thing to do.

  33. uncommon1 says:
    April 7, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I doubt there’s evidence proving or disproving the allegations.
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    There is definitely evidence on both sides – even without a video. Testimony of witnesses is evidence. You get into the probative value of the evidence. If one side has two witnesses without a clear recollection of all the events, and another side has 25 witnesses with a very clear and consistent recollection, even when sequestered and testifying separately, that constitutes strong rebuttal evidence. So nobody chiming in from the peanut gallery is in a position to determine whether there is evidence or not.

  34. ShouldBuffaloStay says:
    April 7, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I don’t understand this. The article makes it sound like, even if it did happen, it wasn’t intentional. The standard of the crime includes intent. This sounds like an accident in a mob of celebrating people? A civil suit -maybe-even but not a crime. Believe me, there are people who do very intentional abuse and harassment and they deserve their punishment when they are just rotten people and have no legitimate purpose for being a rotten person to someone. But that doesn’t seem to be what happened here.

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    You need to read the statute. I believe there is a reckless element, which would vitiate the intent requirement.

  35. Lets not kid ourselves, this is bogus. You’re telling me that at the Superbowl (the biggest national event of the year where security is everywhere) where cameras caught someone stealing Tom Brady’s jersey in a hallway that a 6’4″ 275 lb man pushed a paraplegic woman and it wasn’t caught on camera? Not only that but this huge identifiable man who was standing on the field on camera afterwards did that and they didn’t arrest him? Further a police office saw him do it, but didn’t arrest him? If all of these things are true, than a lawsuit should be brought against Houston police department for negligence first and foremost.

  36. omeimontis says:
    April 7, 2018 at 11:05 am
    The key to the trial is the jury. Conviction is extremely unlikely if there is just a single African American in the jury. George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murderng Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, because there was not one single African American in the jury.
    ——————————————

    The prosecution should be to blame for trying to go for murder. They could have probably got him if they went for man slaughter. The real facts of that case along with Florida’s stand your ground law there was little chance for a murder conviction. Unless facts don’t matter to you then I can’t help you.

  37. It all depends on credibility, and if there are any potential eyewitnesses, including paramedics. and we all know that Bennet has none. It’s sad that this took place in an area where people with cameras wouldn’t have much interest.

  38. I’m shocked at how few people in the comments believe in innocent until proven guilty.
    Okay not that shocked, but it’s dissapointing nonetheless.

  39. mm556,

    I’m not shocked. We saw this same reaction when cops in Philly tried to frame Lesean McCoy for assault. So many posters jumped on the Philly cops side….and then their story started falling apart under more scrutiny.

    Same thing with the Texans owner Bob McNair claiming Duane Brown essentially lied when he said McNair came to the team and expressed disappointment when Obama won in 2008. So many on here were quick to believe McNair until another former teammate collaborated Brown’s account of that moment. It seems for most posters on here if you’re black going up against the word of someone white then you’re guilty until proven innocent.

  40. Posters doubting his innocence are not all racists as some are saying. That’s coming from past issues that were public knowledge.

    Opinions formed about someone’s past behavior is not racist, it’s simple science that behavior patterns often repeat.

    Personally I have much respect for him as a player, but he certainly doesn’t seem like a guy I’d want my wife/kids around.

  41. This whole thing is absurd. Who employs a quadriplegic to work on field security, my mistake an elderly quadriplegic. He is innocent and not like innocent until proven guilty. Men of the darker skin pigmentation, especially high profile ones don’t get to commit a crime and then don’t get charge for a long time. If this had happened, the cops would have made sure to arrest him that night.

  42. I will certainly wait for the facts before forming an opinion as to Bennett’s guilt on this charge; however, this will not alter my opinion that the guy is an entitled, attention-seeking blowhard.

  43. Hard lessons will continue to be taught until these savages learn how to behave in civilized society.

  44. For those saying this is a money grab, you need to learn the difference between criminal and civil law. As to it being ludicrous, ludicrous charges usually don’t get past a grand jury.

  45. I doubt there’s evidence proving or disproving the allegations.
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    There is definitely evidence on both sides – even without a video. Testimony of witnesses is evidence. You get into the probative value of the evidence. If one side has two witnesses without a clear recollection of all the events, and another side has 25 witnesses with a very clear and consistent recollection, even when sequestered and testifying separately, that constitutes strong rebuttal evidence. So nobody chiming in from the peanut gallery is in a position to determine whether there is evidence or not
    ***********
    Thanks for the lesson but you overlooked the operative words. I said I doubt there is evidence “proving” or “disproving”. I didn’t say there isn’t evidence at all. Witness statements aren’t viewed as hardened fact.

  46. Bennett has serious mental problems and anger issues. Just look at Bennett being angry and out of control, can’t control his rage and starts fighting with everyone when the game is over while the other players are shaking hands and showing each other respect. Bennett is a psychopath and a danger to society. He’s definitely guilty of the charges against him. No doubt about it. Hes has many priors of his crazy bully behavior. It’s nothing new nor shocking. I hope he gets atleast a few months in jail. That will teach him to stop acting like a drunk lunatic and become more civilized.

  47. ronnyw222 says:
    April 7, 2018 at 7:54 am
    It really depends if they have film or not. And even if they do, 10 years would be an assualt where somene was pounded viciously into the ground. I can aee this more being a heavy community service thing.

    You need to learn the difference between assaulting someone on the street and committing elder abuse.

  48. Here you are, one of the protestors against our great country. Be careful who you follow kids!

  49. It’s sad how many comments are victim blaming with the whole “why was she security” attitude. These are the same wannabe frat boys that think “she was asking for it” to justify their moral emptiness.

  50. mike is a sweet kid who wouldn’t hurt a fly. he goes to church every sunday and respects his elders. why he is so shy you wouldn’t even know he was around. never gets in trouble, and is a pillar of his community. his mother.

  51. tollisonsmith says:
    April 7, 2018 at 2:50 pm
    This whole thing is absurd. Who employs a quadriplegic to work on field security, my mistake an elderly quadriplegic. He is innocent and not like innocent until proven guilty. Men of the darker skin pigmentation, especially high profile ones don’t get to commit a crime and then don’t get charge for a long time. If this had happened, the cops would have made sure to arrest him that night

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    “Men of the darker skin pigmentation”
    Did I miss something, a white man is called white, a black man is called black. Or is that not politically correct?

  52. You guys have to help me think this through. The victim is a quadriplegic which is a paralysis of all 4 limbs. So what would Bennett have to do to injure this lady? She could not stick her arms or legs out and try to stop Bennett from passing by because of her condition. He would have to make contact with the lady within the confines of her wheelchair. Why would Bennett reach out and make contact with this lady in such a way that would injure her? More importantly, why would a police officer witnessing this alleged abuse not make an immediate arrest?

    So, I am asked to believe that a 6ft, 7in, 280 lb. black man deliberately abused an elderly quadriplegic lady sitting in a wheelchair and the primary witness is a police officer. This police officer after witnessing this abuse on an elderly quadriplegic sitting in a wheelchair does not make an arrest that very same night.

    I think ludicrous is an accurate term to describe this allegation.

  53. steelcitywhitty says:
    April 8, 2018 at 2:06 am
    You guys have to help me think this through. The victim is a quadriplegic which is a paralysis of all 4 limbs. So what would Bennett have to do to injure this lady? She could not stick her arms or legs out and try to stop Bennett from passing by because of her condition. He would have to make contact with the lady within the confines of her wheelchair. Why would Bennett reach out and make contact with this lady in such a way that would injure her? More importantly, why would a police officer witnessing this alleged abuse not make an immediate arrest?

    So, I am asked to believe that a 6ft, 7in, 280 lb. black man deliberately abused an elderly quadriplegic lady sitting in a wheelchair and the primary witness is a police officer. This police officer after witnessing this abuse on an elderly quadriplegic sitting in a wheelchair does not make an arrest that very same night.

    I think ludicrous is an accurate term to describe this allegation.

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    Wow…..Bennett has somehow grown from 6’4″ to 6’7″ right here in this thread. And he put on a few pounds as well. The man is amazing!

  54. Noah Webb says:
    April 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm
    America is one big racist cesspool. Face it! You can’t out live your past.

    ———–

    So leave then…..you won’t be missed

  55. So the story is he was trying to force his way onto the field, was stopped by security which for some reason included a 60 year old paraplegic woman as an access tunnel guard for the freaking Super Bowl, then Bennett shoved this elderly “security guard” to the ground and took off to the field, all while a police officer was standing within sight to witness all this yet did NOTHING on the spot and said NOTHING about it for 13 months? Then suddenly recalled all this over a year later and decided to arrest him for it? And there was no word from the supposed victim, the supposed victims family, nothing. Someone’s paraplegic grandmother was shoved down by a 290 lb football player and they didn’t do or say anything about it to anyone. Not until this random police officer had a random sudden memory of these horrific events, and while giving his statement even conceded that nobody was actually harmed. And there’s also the fact that Bennett was fully credentialed and therefore had no reason to be stopped by anyone in the first place.

    Yeah, this TOTALLY makes all the sense in the world. Nothing fishy here at all huh?

    Stinks worse than Bennett’s LVPD story.

  56. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    April 7, 2018 at 8:00 am
    You don’t have to like Bennet ,you don’t have to like the iggles but let’s be real here this is your classic definition of a money grab !
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    Criminal charges =/= ‘money grab’.
    Did this woman have connections in the Houston DA’s office, convince them to charge Bennett so she could file a civil case? Is that your assertion?

    So stupid.

  57. Funny, “ludicrous”was the first word that came to kind when Bennett went after the cops in Vegas.

    One can doubt the alleged facts in this case, but anyone who says “Bennett wouldn’t do such a thing” is just being disingenuous. He’s a total jackwagon.

  58. halfcentaur says:
    April 8, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    So the story is he was trying to force his way onto the field, was stopped by security which for some reason included a 60 year old paraplegic woman as an access tunnel guard for the freaking Super Bowl, then Bennett shoved this elderly “security guard” to the ground and took off to the field, all while a police officer was standing within sight to witness all this yet did NOTHING on the spot and said NOTHING about it for 13 months? Then suddenly recalled all this over a year later and decided to arrest him for it? And there was no word from the supposed victim, the supposed victims family, nothing. Someone’s paraplegic grandmother was shoved down by a 290 lb football player and they didn’t do or say anything about it to anyone. Not until this random police officer had a random sudden memory of these horrific events, and while giving his statement even conceded that nobody was actually harmed. And there’s also the fact that Bennett was fully credentialed and therefore had no reason to be stopped by anyone in the first place.

    Yeah, this TOTALLY makes all the sense in the world. Nothing fishy here at all huh?

    Stinks worse than Bennett’s LVPD story.
    ———————-

    Doesn’t matter if anyone was harmed, buddy. If a scumbag shoots at someone and misses, they’re still on the hook for attempted murder. Assault and battery is a serious felony, bub.

  59. Noah Webb says:
    April 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm
    America is one big racist cesspool. Face it! You can’t out live your past.
    —————

    Then why bother trying, right? I think i’ll Just embrace it at this point, since there’s simply no way to get past it, according to the perpetually-oppressed classes. Thanks for helping me set myself free!

  60. Noah Webb says:
    April 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm
    America is one big racist cesspool. Face it! You can’t out live your past.

    _________

    you must be a joy to be around.

  61. @moodyponders says:

    Why single out this loser? The whole city of Philly was pushing everyone around after the game. How can winners be such losers.
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    You do realize this happened after the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston. Has nothing to do with Philly fans.

  62. He is just a hater looking for any excuse to bash Eagles Fans. Typical internet troll.

    J will says:

    April 8, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    @moodyponders says:

    Why single out this loser? The whole city of Philly was pushing everyone around after the game. How can winners be such losers.
    ======================================================
    You do realize this happened after the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston. Has nothing to do with Philly fans.

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