Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett posted a letter to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon detailing an encounter he had with the Las Vegas Police last month. Bennett and others around him heard what sounded like gun shots and ran for safety, when police singled him out.
He says they loaded him into the back of a police auto, where he sat "until they apparently realized I was not a thug, a common criminal or ordinary black man but Michael Bennett a famous professional football player".
According to Bennett, one officer placed a gun near his head and warned him if he moved his would "blow his ******* head off".
Another officer then "forcefully jammed" his knee to Bennett's back, limiting his ability to breath, before they both "cinching" handcuffs on him so tightly that his fingers went numb.
"My life flashed before my eyes as I thought of my girls", Bennett said.
Bennett posted a letter on Twitter on Wednesday saying police officers targeted him and used excessive force during a chaotic situation on August 26.
Many football players in the National Football League (NFL) have chosen not to stand during renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" - the American national anthem which is sung before most professional sports games in the USA - in protest of police brutality and racial profiling. Martellus joined Patriots teammate Devin McCourty last season in raising his fist after the national anthem before a game last season and Michael sat for the anthem during the preseason this year, a practice he plans to continue through the season.
Bennett is one of many NFL players who choose not to stand when the United States national anthem is sung because in his words "standing up for justice is just simply the right thing to do".
His open letter is now going viral, and Mr Bennett is now looking into the possibility of taking legal action over the incident.
FOX5 reached out to Metro police, but the department has not responded. "'What if I ever see them again?'"
Bennett has also retained civil rights attorney John Burris and is exploring his legal options with regard to the incident.
As he explores his legal options, there was already a movement led by the NAACP's Atlanta chapter for fans to boycott - or "blackout" - the National Football League season until Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback most recently with the San Francisco 49ers, is hired by an National Football League team.
"This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust", he tweeted.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour", Kaepernick explained in a 2016 interview.