Here is what Michael Bennett claimed happened in Las Vegas on August 26, 2017:
Sounds pretty shitty. Sounds like the kind of occurrence that Bennett, Kaepernick, and the rest of the NFL protesters are trying to eliminate altogether. Sounds like a bunch of racist cops singled out the biggest and baddest looking dude at the scene of a crime and used excessive force with drawn weapons.
Except, well, he lied.
If you don’t want to click the link, this guy sums up the recent events as a neutral third party:
It is absolutely clear that Michael Bennett was not racially profiled, there was no gun to his head, and there was no excessive force used. Michael Bennett is listed at 6’4″ and 274 lbs. He is an All-Pro Defensive End. He’s going to need a knee to the back to keep him down if he resists arrest (which he did). Almost every single sentence from Michael Bennett’s statement was disproven with LVPD’s videos and police reports. In fact, the only real truthful thing was that he was in Las Vegas on August 26th of 2017.
“Like many of the people in the area I ran away from the sound….LVPD singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Many people did run away from the reported gunshots inside the casino (it ended up just being stanchions holding up ropes to set up lines that were knocked on tiled floor). Officers at the scene repeatedly yelled for everybody to get down. There are videos inside the casino of hundreds of people obliging to the officers by laying on the ground. Believe it or not, those people didn’t end up with a knee in their back and in handcuffs in the back of a police car.
I get that this was a potential active shooter situation and you don’t know how you’re going to act until you find yourself in a situation like that. But normally when the police arrive, the gunman either surrenders, is shot, or hides and stops shooting. Luckily there was no shooting that night. But that leads me to my next point. When there’s an active shooter situation, it’s standard procedure for police officers to have their weapons drawn. So the fact that a gun was drawn in front of Michael Bennett, who at the time of the incident was a suspect should have us applauding the officer for a job well done. What if Bennett was the shooter, but the officer said “Oh hey sorry Sir I noticed that you’re acting suspiciously at the scene of a crime and not following our orders. I also noticed that you’re a black male so I definitely wouldn’t want to act in any way that makes you feel even temporarily unsafe or uncomfortable.” Bennett would laugh and smack the cop across the face. In a situation like that an officer’s mind is going a million miles an hour and anybody that doesn’t follow directions is viewed as a suspect. There were two other suspects detained in response to this, but Michael Bennett doesn’t want you to know that.
Michael Bennett failed to mention that the officers he encountered were all minorities as well. Two were Hispanic and the third is African American. The language Bennett used in his statement gave the allusion that a bunch of old racist white cops decided to pick on him because he was a black thug. That’s called race-baiting.
“…as I laid on the ground, complying with his demands not to move, he placed his gun near my head….said he would ‘blow my fucking head off.’…second officer jammed his knee into my back…they clinched the handcuffs on my wrists so tight that my fingers went numb.”
All you hear is a lot of “I didn’t do nothing.” I’m sure getting handcuffed isn’t the most comfortable feeling, but Bennett kept moving around both on the ground making it difficult to get cuffed, but also getting into the back of the car later on. As for the officer placing his gun near Bennett’s head….standard but somewhat problematic. Bennett painted a picture that the cop basically had a gun pressed to the back of his head execution style. He had a gun near his head because it wasn’t decided if Bennett was either A) armed, B) the shooter, or C) an innocent bystander. Regarding the threat of blowing his fucking head off, LVPD Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said, “We have not been able to confirm that statement.” So believe who you want to believe. Given Bennett’s track record thus far, I’m leaning with the LVPD. Anyways, while cop #1 had his weapon drawn with Bennett on the ground, cop #2 came to apply the cuffs. Michael Bennett is an abnormally large human being. He gets double teamed by offensive linemen and sometimes even that isn’t enough. So yeah good call getting a 2nd officer to slap on the cuffs. And the officers loosened the handcuffs once they stood him up and brought him over to the patrol car. Sorry cop #2 didn’t bring his fluffy sex handcuffs that day while you disobeyed police orders and tried squirming away from the officers.
“The officers’ excessive use of force was unbearable. All I could think of was ‘I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat.”
Michael Bennett is 6’4″ 274 lbs. If he wanted to, he probably could’ve ripped both officers off of him and punted them halfway to the Bellagio. Knowing that, the LVPD doubled down during the detainment for their own safety. Lets not forget that at the time, this was a potential active shooter situation. There was no excessive force whatsoever. His life was not in danger. And if it was it would be because cops had to focus on him for 10 minutes while the real shooter could have still been at large.
“I kept asking the officers ‘what did I do?’ ….they took me to the back of a nearby police car where I sat for what felt like an eternity….I was ultimately released without any legitimate justification for the officers’ abusive conduct.”
Michael Bennett was in the police car for 7 minutes. Not an eternity. 7 minutes. 420 seconds. Roughly the same amount of time as the Opening Credits of Game of Thrones.
But wait, here’s the kicker. After realizing that Bennett was not the shooter, and that there was no shooting, an officer told Bennett, “Everyone’s down and you’re running. You know how that looks, right?”
Michael Bennett replied, “Yeah.”
The officers apologized for the inconvenience, and they SHOOK HANDS. This is some petty high school shit from Michael Bennett, but on a much larger scale and on a much more serious issue. Shake a man’s hand then continue to talk shit afterwards. Obviously Bennett wasn’t pleased but he put himself in a compromising situation. Like I said, none of the people that listened to the officers at the very beginning in the casino were detained.
“….I sit during the national anthem because equality doesn’t live in this country and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have, or how much you give, when you are seen as a N*****, you will be treated that way.”
Racism exists. It always has, and unfortunately it probably always will. Just like there are still murderers and rapists. You can teach people to not murder, rape, or be a racist piece of shit, but a small percentage will always slip through the cracks. It’s unfortunate that some of those racist pieces of shit slipped all the way into a police uniform with a badge and a gun. With an increased emphasis on background investigations and psych evaluations for prospective police officers, it’s possible and probable that only truly qualified people will be able to join the force from here on out.
We all know my stance on kneeling/sitting for the anthem. I don’t like it but I get it. Viva la Constitution. For every veteran that says they fought for your right to do whatever you want to do during the National Anthem, there’s another that thinks punching their grandmother in the face would be less offensive. Also Colin Kapernick is an idiot and it’s a shame that he is the face of this entire movement.
I still think that if an athlete truly wants to make a difference in the community, they should run for office with a strong campaign for criminal justice reform. They already have a strong following from being a professional athlete, and can fund their own campaigns with the millions of dollars that they have earned playing games. Some players have been donating portions of their salary to charities, foundations, schools, etc. Awesome. More of that.
I think Bennett’s last statement about why he sits for the anthem is asinine. Some of this country’s brightest, strongest, and most powerful individuals are black men and women. You get out what you put in in this country. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Michael Bennett was not targeted because he was a black man at the scene of a crime. The suspect was a large black male. Bennett fit the description and was running and jumping over railings while the majority of people obeyed the cops and went down on the floor. He wasn’t viewed as an n-word by three minority police officers. He was viewed as a suspicious person at the scene of an active shooting that fit the description they were given.
So Michael Bennett decided to write that outrageous false claim that he was racially profiled when it is clear as day that he was not. None of his rights were infringed. He’d have you think otherwise because he knows his rights.Sometimes it’s tough being so right all the time:
Michael Bennett could’ve made this night a distant memory that ended in an apology and a handshake. Instead, he had to make it into a whole production to help further his cause to sit during the National Anthem. I guess he forgot that there are literally cameras everywhere in Las Vegas and that the truth would get out eventually. As a leader in the NFL’s protesting movement, he’s doing a disservice to himself, the credibility of his cause, and the NFL as a whole. Bennett could’ve taken this moment and focused on the handshake. He could’ve made a statement saying that “there was a misunderstanding during what I thought was an active shooting scene and I was afraid so I ran away despite the police’s orders. I was temporarily detained by three officers and after a few minutes I was released. We shook hands at the end of the misunderstanding and I hope to build on this relationship and destroy this fake notion that black men and police officers cannot coexist.”
But no, everybody is racist towards Michael Bennett. That’s it. His credibility is forever tarnished after this.