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Michael Bennett Says It Was ‘Un-American’ What Happened To Him With Las Vegas Police (VIDEO)
Weeks after the initial incident, Michael Bennett is still speaking out on what happened that fateful night following the Mayweather-McGregor fight at the hands of Las Vegas police.
In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Byron Pitts, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end recounted the events that lead up to him being detained, calling the situation ‘un-American.’ He also discussed how ‘terrified’ he was while being pinned down on the ground with a gun to his head.
“I’m just thinking in my head, there’s like, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, all these people, these people that have been through this.”
“I’m terrified,” he added. “I’m literally just, like, worried if I make the wrong decision … if I move too fast, if I twitch, and somebody says I’m resisting … because I’m a big guy, you know what I’m saying?”
Bennett went on to explain how hard it was to tell his 10-year-old daughter about the situation.
“It was an emotional thing for me to sit there and have to sit her down and explain to her about stereotypes, and racially profiling and what it means to be … a black man in America, and what it means for her to be a young black woman as she grows up in this country,” Bennett said.
“The things that … would happen to her, and the things that she have to get adjusted to,” he added. “In my mind I’m like, ‘Why should she have to get adjusted to that? Why hasn’t the society adjusted to her … adjusted to what she could be in society?”
“I think it’s un-American what happened to me, having guns drawn on me. I say it’s un-American what happened to Eric Garner. It’s un-American, what happened to Trayvon Martin. It’s un-American that there’s … no equality for people.”
Bennett added, “What I’m doing is … it’s the most American thing that you could do, is fight for equality for everybody, and have a unity for the country.”