One of Colin Kaepernick’s biggest supporters has been Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.
The 31-year-old Pro Bowler has made it a point to pick up where Kaepernick left off with his national anthem protests.
“I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve. And I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message of that,” he said.
On Aug. 26, Bennett was involved in an incident with police in Las Vegas.
Just hours after the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight on the Vegas Strip, there were reports of gun shots ringing out, causing a panic with people running every which way to avoid the area.
Bennett encountered a police officer and was ordered to the ground and placed in handcuffs.
He issued a statement Wednesday saying he was targeted simply because he was a “black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Bennett said he felt “the Officer’s excessive use of force was unbearable.”
“I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed,” he said.
TMZ Sports obtained a video of the incident and posted it Wednesday. In the video, you can hear Bennett yelling out, “I wasn’t doing nothing, man! I was here with my friends! They told us to get out, everybody ran!”
In his statement, Bennett claimed the police officer threatened to “blow my f—— head off,” but the footage doesn’t show that.
The Seahawks star announced he had “retained Oakland Civil Rights Attorney John Burris to investigate and explore all my legal options including filing a civil rights lawsuit for the violation of my constitutional rights.”
Las Vegas police said in a statement they would address his comments later Wednesday.
Reference a statement made by Michael Bennett, this case is under investigation. Reserve judgment. We will address this publicly today.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) September 6, 2017
“Reserve judgment,” they said.
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