Pete Carroll: Seahawks support Michael Bennett after ‘horrendous incident’
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made it clear the team is 100 percent behind Michael Bennett in the wake of an incident last month involving the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The Seahawks defensive end this week took to social media to share what occurred following the Aug. 26 Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather bout. Bennett accused Las Vegas police of “abusive conduct,” excessive force and racial profiling during an encounter after he fled a casino where gunshots were reported fired.
Bennett claims he was forcibly restrained as an officer put him in handcuffs while another officer pointed a gun at him. Bennett has since tweeted out an image appearing to show an officer with his gun drawn.
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Carroll on Wednesday addressed the incident, articulating the Seahawks organization’s unwavering support for Bennett.
“Michael Bennett unfortunately experienced a horrendous incident on August 27,” Carroll said Wednesday, per the team’s website. “We are thankful he is safe, and we take this opportunity to say that we stand in support of him and anyone facing inequalities.
“What happened with Michael is a classic illustration of the reality of inequality demonstrated daily.
“May this incident inspire all of us to respond with compassion when inequalities are brought to light, and allow us to have the courage to stand for change.”
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman also weighed in on the incident, citing his experiences growing up in Compton, Calif., to express he understands what Bennett experienced.
“I mean it is unfortunate,” Sherman added. “Obviously, I’m happy that he made it out. Day in the life, though, you know. I’m sure as he said, something that he has been through I’m sure and hopefully he doesn’t have to go through again, but no amount of money, no amount of fame and no amount of notoriety that could keep you from things like that happening to you …”
Several prominent individuals within the NFL not surprisingly have weighed in on the Bennett incident, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Colin Kaepernick. Expect that to continue.