The president of Las Vegas's police union sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday asking the league to "conduct an investigation, and take appropriate action, into Michael Bennett's obvious false allegations against our officers". Goodell said Bennett "represents the best of the NFL" and conceded that the "issues Michael has been raising deserve serious consideration".
This time around, however, the controversial quarterback is voluntarily stepping back into the limelight to voice his support of Bennett, who claims that he was unjustly detained by police in Las Vegas back on August 26.
Bennett said the incident was a "traumatic experience for me and my family" and that he is considering filing a civil rights lawsuit.
Bennett described an alarming encounter with police in Vegas during which he says an officer pointed a gun at Bennett's head and warned he would "blow my (expletive) head off" if Bennett moved.
"When you see a person that you love, a person that's your friend, a person, anybody honestly, that's put in a compromising situation the way Michael was", Wilson said, "It's a matter of life or death potentially. I see no evidence that race played any role in this incident", McMahill said. Though he said the police department has 126 pieces of video to review from the incident. "At any moment, I could've made the wrong decision whether to move, or (if police) felt like I was resisting or doing something wrong, and the Seahawks would be wearing the patch with No. 72 on it", he said, referencing a common way National Football League teams memorialize players they've lost.
Bennett said the incident has strengthened his resolve to be an advocate for people who are oppressed by social injustice. "Bennett was placed in handcuffs and detained while officers determined whether or not he was involved in the incident".
Because he ran, McMahill said, Bennett's actions were considered suspicious. As our uniformed officers entered the casino, they observed Bennett hiding behind a slot machine.
The police union, following the police department's Wednesday press conference documenting its side of the story, minces no words in its criticism of Bennett.
"I have always held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is just simply, the right thing to do".
"It sucks that the country we live in now sometimes you get profiled for the colour of your skin", he told reporters. He accused police of using excessive force and drawing a gun on him.
"This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust".
"I'm very proud of Michael and the way that he handled it", Martellus said. After police explained the situation to Bennett, he told officers he "understood" why the situation occurred.
The Seahawks announced in a succinct tweet: "We "stand in support" of Michael Bennett".
"That's part of what we have to investigate", McMahill said.