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Facing felony charge, Michael Bennett turns himself in

27 March 2018, 08:29 | Donald Newman

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Michael Bennett takes the field Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts played the Seattle Seahawks Sunday

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett will turn himself in to Houston police on Monday, his lawyer reportedly told USA Today.

Hardin explained that on the evening of February 5, 2017, after the Patriots beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, a group of families of Patriots players entered the field together after sitting together during the game.

Bennett was a spectator and in the stadium to support his brother, who played for the New England Patriots.

Bennett made a brief court appearance Monday where the judge set his bond at $10,000 on a felony count of injury to the elderly. The charge holds a penalty of a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison.

The court imposed a no-contact order for Bennett with Tatman, the complainant, meaning Bennett is not permitted to contact her.

Hardin said he has witnesses who will maintain that Bennett was not involved in an altercation.

Bennett is accused of shoving the security staff worker while trying to get onto the field after the game ended.

Rusty Hardin, the Houston defense attorney who has represented Roger Clemens and other high-profile clients and is now representing Bennett, called the chief's comments "over the top".

Acevedo said a detective did not actively start working the case until September because the police department had prioritized more serious cases.

Roseman said he and the Eagles do not believe the Seahawks knew about Bennett's alleged incident or withheld any information on him before they traded him to Philadelphia on March 7. "I think we have to be fair about that in all these matters".

"There's probably not a person. we trust more than John Schneider and the Seahawks", Roseman said.

Roseman, meanwhile, said that he has discussed the matter with Bennett, and that the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher "is innocent until proven guilty", which would seem to squash any speculation that the Eagles will release Bennett before the matter is settled. "I can own these (expletive), and I'm going on the field whether you like it or not". "Unlike the chief of police, I can tell you right now this guy is not morally bankrupt, he's one of the best people I've met". He obviously thinks highly of himself, but the leader of the Houston Police Department is not that impressed with the National Football League star. I'm going to say this with a smile and total confidence: "they are going to change their mind".

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