Eagles DE Michael Bennett indicted for injuring an elderly paraplegic worker at Super Bowl LI


Michael Bennett has been indicted for injuring a 66-year old paraplegic staff member of NRG stadium during Super Bowl LI. According to khou.com the incident occurred after the game where Bennett attempted to get on the field to celebrate with his brother.

Immediately following the game, Bennett shoved his way on to the field where players were gathering to celebrate.

NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled woman, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access.

Instead, he pushed through them, including the 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. It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

There are several things to note here. Firstly, that this is obviously shocking and it isn’t the first time that Bennett has had controversy off the field either. While he does a tremendous amount of community work and is a leader inside the locker room, there have been several incidents that have drawn red flags with this easily being the most outrageous.

Secondly, this could carry huge implications for the Eagles. If it is discovered that Seattle personnel were aware of this incident and the legal procedure prior to the trade, the Eagles have every right to void the trade. Should they do so, they would not be at a severe disadvantage after deciding to part ways with Vinny Curry.

Thirdly, the timing of the release is very bizarre. Nearly 14 months after Super Bowl LI, the details have come to light with Bennett being indicted. It’s a little strange for something this damaging to take so long and it’s difficult to believe that in today’s world that there isn’t a video available with evidence or something of that nature.

Something doesn’t feel right about this and after an entire calendar year without a single off-the-field controversy, the Eagles now have a very tender legal case to react to.


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