Michael Bennett’s lawyer has asserted the defensive end’s innocence.
Attorney Rusty Hardin on Monday said almost everyone in the Patriots’ family section was scrambling to find a way to get on the field to celebrate the team’s Super Phil Niekro Jersey Bowl 51 victory at NRG Stadium and that Bennett didn’t come in contact with the woman he is accused of shoving.
But Hardin insists he has witnesses who can confirm that Bennett was not involved in the alleged altercation.
Eagles vice president Howie Roseman says he has discussed the matter with Bennett, and that the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher is innocent until proven guilty, which, the Inquirer noted, would seem to squash any speculation that the Eagles would release Bennett before the legal matter is settled.
I think we’re in a great country, Roseman said. And in this country, people are presumed innocent, and I think we’ve got to be fair about that in all of these matters. I don’t think it’s fair in any situation to not give people the right to present their side. 鈥?Our overriding philosophy on things is people are innocent until proven guilty.
Authentic Womens Bob Lilly Jersey Bennett surrendered to authorities after prosecutors announced Friday that he faces a single felony charge of injury to the elderly, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Elite Mens Mike Komisarek Jersey Prosecutors have to prove that Bennett intentionally and knowingly caused bodily injury to a person 65 years or older.
The woman was working at NRG Stadium controlling access to the field when Bennett allegedly tried to force his way through security and onto the field after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Falcons in Houston. Bennett was a spectator watching his brother Martellus play for the Patriots.
The DA’s report notes that NRG security personnel told Bennett he had to use a different entrance to access the field, but he instead pushed through them.
Mr. Bennett may think that because he’s an NFL player and some time passed … he may have thought that, No. 1, rules don’t apply to him, No. 2, he doesn’t have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman who’s trying to earn a living, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Friday.
The Houston police department said the indictment took so long because they prioritized more significant cases before this, according to a report from Zach Berman of Philly.com. The report also noted there is no video of the incident, but a police officer witnessed it.