Michael Bennett Appears in Court and His Lawyer Denies Charges

Mar 27, 2018, 08:29
Michael Bennett Appears in Court and His Lawyer Denies Charges

Philadelphia Eagles star Michael Bennett has just arrived for his first court appearance in Houston.

On Monday, Bennett turned himself into authorities, with his lawyer adding that it took three days to do so because he was out of the country over the weekend.

According to the Harris County district attorney's statement, Bennett injured a 66-year-old paraplegic woman while trying to push his way on to the field from the stands on February 5, 2017 in Houston.

Bennett plans to surrender at 1 p.m. CT at Harris County District Court, according to his agent, Rusty Hardin, who relayed the information to the USA TODAY via text message.

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Bennett, who joined the Eagles from the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month, was last week accused of pushing a 66-year-old woman as he attempted to enter the field following the New England Patriots' comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.

If convicted, the charge carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Roseman told reporters that neither the Eagles nor the Seattle Seahawks, the team Bennett played for prior to the Eagles trading for him two weeks ago, knew of the alleged incident until Friday, when news of the incident broke. But he ignored security members and shoved his way on to the field and injured the disabled woman.

A Houston Police Department spokesman said the department stands by Acevedo's remarks Friday.

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Hardin added: "I can tell you that Michael had nothing to do with anything that happened with this lady they're alleging".

Roseman said the team has been in contact with Bennett since the alleged incident came to light. "We have to fair about that in all these matters", Roseman said.

"My initial reaction is that everyone needs to calm down a little bit", Hardin said.

"I don't want to get into this, but our overriding philosophy on things are that people are innocent until proven guilty". "I'm going to take my time to find out what occurred".

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Bennett's sister Ashley posted video that shows her and Michael running onto the field but it doesn't show the incident with the security guard.