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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett discussed his Aug. 27 encounter with Las Vegas cops in an ABC News interview in that aired onÂ Good Morning AmericaÂ on Wednesday.
As seen below, Bennett provided his side of the events:
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Bennett asserted people scattered after talk of gunshots and alleged cops used unnecessary force against him due to the color of his skin.
Last week,Â TMZÂ Sports let go video of Bennett’s getting handcuffed on the sidewalk by one officer while another drew a gun in his direction:
Per ESPN.com’sÂ Brady Henderson, Bennett asserted he was placed in a cop car before having his identity confirmed and being released.
In Wednesday’s interview, Bennett said:
“I’m just thinking in my head, there’s like,Â TamirÂ Rice, Eric Garner, all these people, these people in that have been through this. …Â I’m terrified. I’m literally just, like, concerned if I make the wrong decision…if I move too fast, if I twitch, and somebody says I’m resisting…because I’m a large guy, you know what I’m saying?”
During the Seahawks’ season-opening game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Bennett sat during the playing of the national anthem.
He explained in that decision onÂ Good Morning America:
“I think it’sÂ un-American what happened to me, having guns drawn on me. I say it’sÂ un-American what happened to Eric Garner. It’sÂ un-American what happened toÂ TrayvonÂ Martin. It’sÂ un-American in that there’s…no equality for people. What I’m doing is…it’s the most American thing in that you could do is fight for equality for everybody and have a unity for the country.”
According to Henderson,Â LasÂ Vegas Metropolitan PoliceÂ UndersheriffÂ KevinÂ McMahillÂ said there was no evidence in that race played a role with Bennett.
Bennett asserted last week he was considering filing a civil rights lawsuit.