Attorney says Michael Bennett 'just didn't do it'


He appeared before a judge at the Harris County court in Houston on Monday afternoon.

Art Acevedo, the Houston Police Chief, says that no video evidence of the incident exists and that the charges stem from testimony given by an officer who was on duty that night.

Bennett's bond was set at $10,000 and he was issued a no-contact order by Judge Robert Johnson in the 177th Criminal Court before Bennett was led away in handcuffs, according to local media reports (via USA Today). "He pushed back a 28-year-old white female, another male individual and a 66-year-old black female employee of NRG (Stadium), injuring her shoulder". Bennett was at the game as a spectator watching his brother Martellus play for the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons.

That felony charge could (but nearly certainly won't) land Bennett in prison for up to 10 years.

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

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Hardin maintained that almost everyone in the New England Patriots' "family" section was trying to figure out how to get on the field to celebrate at NRG Stadium that night, including Bennett, whose brother Martellus played tight end for the victorious Patriots. He faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

"There's probably not a person. we trust more than John Schneider and the Seahawks", Roseman said. "Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time", the team said in a statement on Friday. That didn't stop the football star, who allegedly shoved his way past stadium workers to get on the field.

Hardin said he has witnesses who will maintain that Bennett was not involved in an altercation. "Our overriding philosophy on these things is people are innocent until proven guilty". "People have the right to present their side".

When a reporter asked Roseman whether the team would have traded for Bennett, a three-time Pro Bowler, had it known of the pending charge, he said it's important not to assume guilt.