Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he was racially profiled and harassed by Las Vegas police following the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight last month, and that officers ordered him to get on the ground and not move or they’d “blow my f—–g head off.”
Bennett said in a Twitter message on Wednesday morning that he was stopped after many people heard gunshots following the fight. He said officers singled him out and “pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
He was ordered to the ground, and said he was “terrified and confused” as officers used needless, excessive force.
“A second officer came over and forcefully jammed his knee into my back making it difficult for me to breathe,” said Bennett in the post. “They then clinched the handcuff on my wrists so tight that my fingers went numb.”
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
The 31-year-old Super Bowl champ continued, saying the “excessive use of force was unbearable.” He said he was then held in the back of a police car until his identify was confirmed.
Bennett has been one of the more prominent voices supporting Colin Kaepernick in the National Football League. He sat for the National Anthem last year and said he’ll do the same for the upcoming season. Bennett referenced that decision in his Twitter post.
“This fact is unequivocally, without question why before every game, I sit during the national anthem — because equality doesn’t live in this country no matter how much money you make, what job title you have, or how much you give, when you are seen as a ‘n—-r,’ you will be treated that way.”
The Las Vegas Police Department did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Bennett was profiled just yesterday by The Undefeated as an “activist disguised as a football player.”
“I think the biggest problem in the NFL is that we have to be able to get the biggest people involved in the issues. Every day a white quarterback throws the ball to a black receiver,” said Bennett in the piece. “But when it comes to Black Lives Matter issues, they won’t step up and be like, ‘There is an issue.'”