Charge against New England DE Michael Bennett is dropped
Texas prosecutors have dismissed a felony charge against New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett.
According to The Associated Press (via The Seattle Times), the prosecutors dropped the charge pertaining to a felony count of injury to the elderly. Bennett allegedly pushed the arm of a paraplegic security guard as he got onto the field at the conclusion of Super Bowl LI in Houston, Tex. two years ago.
The Harris County district attorney’s chief of staff told The Associated Press their party could not prove Bennett committed a crime. Hence, they dropped the charge against him.
The Harris County district attorney’s office announced the decision Wednesday. Bennett, recently traded to the New England Patriots, was indicted by a grand jury in March 2018 on a felony count of injury to the elderly. Vivian King, the DA’s chief of staff, said ‘a crime could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.’
Bennett, who suited up for the Seattle Seahawks at the time of the incident, watched the game from the stands. He took the field to congratulate his brother, the now-retired Martellus Bennett, who played for New England back then.
Behind an epic second-half comeback, the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, 34-28.
Michael Bennett is an 11-year NFL veteran who has played in 141 career games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia Eagles. He has career totals of 235 tackles, 63.0 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
Bennett was a key contributor of the Seahawks team which won Super Bowl XLVIII. He figures to play a crucial role for the Patriots, who are seeking their fourth Super Bowl title in six years.