Michael Bennett is considering filing a civil rights lawsuit.
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has accused Las Vegas police officers of pointing their guns at him and using excessive force during an incident which took place last month.
According to a message posted on Bennett's official twitter account, the ordeal took place in the early hours of August 27th shortly after the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 31-year old defensive end claimed that officers pointed guns at him "for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time" and that they threatened to "blow my fucking head off" if he moved.
Bennett said he was placed in a police car until officers confirmed his identity and released him "without any legitimate justification for the Officers' abusive conduct." According to ESPN, Bennett has since hired civil rights defense attorney John Burris who released a statement today saying that his client was "was unarmed, sober and not involved in any altercations or dispute at the time the police officers arrested and threatened to use deadly force against him."
Michael Bennett was one of the NFL players who chose to sit during the national anthem for all four preseason games this off-season and has already said that he plans on continuing his protest throughout the regular season in hopes that he can "activate everybody to get off their hands and feet and go out into the communities and push helping each other."
After he released a statement regarding his experience with police officers in Las Vegas, Colin Kaepernick shared his words and added, "This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust. I stand with Michael and I stand with the people."
Check out Michael Bennett's full description of the events below, as well as some video footage of the arrest, courtesy of TMZ.