Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was among multiple celebrities at the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. But according to a story he released on Twitter, members of the city’s police didn’t know who he was at first when sounds of gunshots broke out.
The 31-year-old said the officers, whose “excessive use of force was unbearable,” handcuffed him “for doing nothing more than simply being a black man.” TMZ obtained footage of the physical interaction.
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
“This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust. I stand with Michael and I stand with the people,” free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick stated on Twitter.
In more racial controversy, former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis said Kaepernick’s girlfriend tweeted a “racist” picture of Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, an action that prevented the QB’s potential signing.
Bennett has sat on the bench during the national anthem prior to three of the Seahawks’ preseason games. The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network, Patrisse Cullors, released a statement on Wednesday advocating for him.