The protest of the national anthem by NFL players took on added intensity last month when Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was briefly detained outside a Las Vegas casino.
The player was high critical of how he was treated, blasting across social media that he was targeted “simply being a black man” and the officers used excessive force that was “unbearable.”
…this coming from a 6′ 4″ 274 lb. professional football player.
Bennett’s inflammatory words included the claim that an officer threatened to “blow my f**king head off.”
But, as is often the case of late when it comes to volatile incidents involving claims of racism, video of the incident, to include body cameras worn by officers, paint a whole other story.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said hundreds of videos were reviewed and no evidence was found that the officers directly involved with Bennett profiled him or used excessive force, Fox News reported.
And now the head of the Las Vegas police union is demanding an apology from the player.
“Now more so than ever,” said Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
He called Bennett’s claims “outlandish” and said they defamed every officer in the department.
— Las Vegas RJ (@reviewjournal) September 29, 2017
The player would repeat the claim that he was racially profiled when speaking with the Seattle Times.
“It sucks that the country we are living in now sometimes you get profiled for the color of your skin,” he said.
The incident took place after an Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor and gained widespread attention — and resulted in wide-spread animosity toward police — when Bennett tweeted a letter addressed to the “world” describing his take on events.
“Equality,” said a one word caption.
Bennett said he was returning to his hotel after the fight and heard what sounded like gunshots, so he began running along with others.
“A police officer ordered me to get on the ground. As I laid on the ground, complying with his demands to not move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would blow my f**king head off. Terrified and confused by what was taking place, a second officer came over and forcefully jammed his knee into my back, making it difficult for me to breathe. They then clinched the handcuffs on my wrist so tight that my fingers went numb.”
Perhaps, when his NFL career is finished, Bennett can pursue creative writing as an alternative career.
…or join race hustlers like Al Sharpton in stirring racial discord in America
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
Turns out, this isn’t the first time a player has exaggerated an altercation with “out of control” cops.
…and it’s not the first time cops have demanded an apology.
Former Houston Oilers player Lamar Lathon said in 2015 that he was “terrified” when an officer pulled a gun on him during a traffic stop, but police released a dash-cam video of the incident showing the officers “was professional and within both the law and policies of this agency.”
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