Twitter Reacts to NFL Star Michael Bennett Experiencing Police Brutality: ‘Disgusting and Unjust’


As the NFL’s season officially kicks-off in just over 24 hours, a star player reporting an incident of police brutality is heating up an already politically embattled league.

Michael Bennett, a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, has long been an outspoken NFL player when it comes to racial politics in America, including vocally supporting former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s national anthem protests. However, Kaepernick’s police brutality protests became explicitly personal for Bennett after a recent encounter that took place in Las Vegas.

The NFL player posted a letter on Twitter describing an alleged incident in which two police officers muscled him to the floor and threatened to “blow [his] head off.” The encounter took place during chaos in the street that ensued after the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight.

“The Officers’ excessive use of force was unbearable. I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed. All I could think of was “I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat,” wrote Bennett.

The Las Vegas police department responded to Bennett, saying the investigation is on-going and asking Americans to reserve their judgement.

The Seahawks star’s accusation toward officers sparked many on Twitter to debate the issue of excessive police force and its relation to the NFL — Kaepernick himself even chimed in:

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma