[WATCH] Seahawks Star Michael Bennett says Police Threatened to Blow His Head Off

Michael Bennett, one of the NFL’s most vocal critics of racial injustice, has said police threatened to shoot him last month in Las Vegas for “simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

The Seattle Seahawks defensive end says the incident took place as he was heading back to his hotel after attending the Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather fight, and heard what sounded like gunshots.

“I ran away from the sound, looking for safety,” he wrote in a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday. “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“A police officer ordered me to get on the ground. As I lay on the ground … he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would ‘blow my fucking head off’. A second officer came over and forcefully jammed his knee into my back, making it difficult for me to breathe.”

TMZ has released video of the incident, and there may be wider repercussions: Bennett says he has retained civil rights attorney John Burris and is exploring “all my legal options”.

“It is important to note, Mr Bennett was unarmed, sober and not involved in any altercations or dispute at the time the police officers arrested and threatened to use deadly force against him,” Burris said in a statement. “The officers’ conduct is particularly outrageous in that there was no basis upon which to select Mr Bennett from a crowd of people all running for their lives. He did nothing wrong.”

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