NFL star and Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett has surrendered to authorities in Houston on a charge that he injured a paraplegic woman as he tried to get onto the field after Super Bowl LI in February of 2017.
Bennett, 32, appeared in Harris County Civil Court on Monday where the judge set his bond at $10,000 on a felony count of injury to the elderly, which he posted around 5pm.
He will be able to travel to and from Houston to his home in Hawaii.
Bennett, who was recently traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Philadelphia Eagles, was watching his brother, Martellus Bennett, play tight end for the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in February of 2017.
After the Patriots’ win, Bennett reportedly pushed his way onto the field immediately afterward to see his brother despite being told to use a different entrance for field access.
Prosecutors allege he pushed through security personnel, including a 66-year-old woman in a wheelchair, who was a stadium employee and was suffered a sprained shoulder as a result.
‘Mr. Bennett forcibly opened the locked doors at the southwest corner of the NRG Budweiser tunnels,’ explained Houston police chief Art Acevedo.
‘Mr. Bennett then went up to a 66-year-old black female employee of the NRG, paraplegic, and pushed her,’ Acevedo continued. ‘Mr. Bennett then continued to try to get onto the field.
‘Bennett disregarded [one police officer], said “f*** you,” and walked passed him on the field… “Y’all must know who I am. I could own this mother f*****… I’m going onto the field whether you like it or not.”‘