cheap motel in new jersey Bennett ignoring those who think he lied about Vegas incident
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett knows some people will never believe his account of what happened to him in Las Vegas in August.(Photo: John Cordes, AP)RENTON Michael Bennett knows everyone has an opinion about his claims of excessive use of force and mistreatment by a Las Vegas police officer.
I was laid on the ground, complying with his commands to not move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I move he would my head off, Bennett wrote in an open letter last month weeks after an officer apprehended and briefly detained him outside a casino in August.
Bennett has said he considering a civil rights lawsuit over the incident that happened while police thought there was an active shooter inside the casino.
The Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive end also knows some people believe he is lying.
I don respond to them, because nobody can be in my position, Bennett said Thursday.
don hate anybody. I don have a problem with any police officers, just what happened to me in a certain situation.
like I said, people are entitled to their position and what they believe in, no matter what happened. So at the end of the day there are going to be people who believe me and people who don believe me. And my ultimate goal is not to make everybody believe me, or make everybody happy. It just about me being able to sleep at night and continuously speak upon what happened to me,
that doesn bother me, at all, he said. can really worry about what people say, because there is a certain part of people who are not going to believe you, regardless of what you do. For me, it to continuously state my position and keep doing what I do.
was there, he said. I don need to see the video.
There has not been a definitive video released publicly of the moment Bennett was detained. Such footage would show exactly how he was apprehended, which is the crux of Bennett issue. The evidence presented so far has been inconclusive as to what actually happened and how Bennett was treated.
Complicating this and making it more sensitive, of course, is the massacre that killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 on Oct. 1 at a concert in Las Vegas. The same Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department immediately responded to the shooter and the victims and continues to investigate.
Thursday was the first time Bennett has spoken about his incident in Las Vegas since the mass shooting there. He did so responding to questions about it during his weekly press conference at team headquarters, before practice for Sunday home game against the Houston Texans.
Bennett was also asked why he sits during national anthems to protest mistreatment of minorities and the need for police reform in our country,
instead of perhaps kneeling. When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began this social justice movement among NFL players last year he eventually did so by kneeling.