The Eagles haven’t had defensive end Michael Bennett on their roster all that long after grabbing him from the Seattle Seahawks, but already he’s in some serious hot water off the field.
The defensive end has a warrant out after a grand jury indicted him for the felony charge of injury of the elderly related to an incident at NRG Stadium following this last February’s Super Bowl.
A release from the district attorney’s office states that Bennett was a spectator and in town to watch his brother, Martellus, a player for the New England Patriots, on February 5, 2017. After the game, Bennett allegedly shoved his way on to the field where players were gathering to celebrate, according to the district attorney’s office. NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old paraplegic, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access, but Bennett pushed through them, including the elderly woman who was part of the security team.
The charge, injury to the elderly, includes intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older and carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The woman suffered a sprained shoulder, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo said during a news conference. He noted that authorities are in contact with Bennett’s lawyer.
“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time,” the Eagles said in a statement.
The Eagles got Bennett from the Seahawks back on March 14th.
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