According to a release from Harris County (Texas) District Attorney Kim Ogg, a Harris County Grand Jury indicted Bennett Friday as the result of an alleged incident that occurred Feb, 5, 2017, at Houston's NRG Stadium.
The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. Bennett was there to watch his brother, Martellus Bennett, then a tight end with the New England Patriots, play against Atlanta.
Bennett, after the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight in 2017, accused Las Vegas police of using excessive force after they detained him when shots were fired. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo's excuse for the long delay in pursuing the case is that the department needed to prioritize other investigations. He also said, "I think it's pretty pathetic that you'd put your hands on a 66-year-old paraplegic and treat them like they don't exist".
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Acevedo called Michael Bennett "morally bankrupt". He was Seattle's nominee for last season's Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, with the team citing Bennett's work fighting obesity, promoting public health, supporting education for minority communities and women of color, and working with troubled youth. It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
"Mr. Bennett may think that because he's an National Football League player and some time passed ... he may have thought that, number one, rules don't apply to him, number two, he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman who's trying to earn a living", Acevedo said at the news conference.
'They did what they were trained to do, ' Lombardo said of his officers during a news conference in which bodycam footage of the incident was shown.
Acevedo said it took so long for the indictment to come because Houston Police did not have the resources to investigate the complaint for months and Bennett was not viewed as a threat to society.