Las Vegas Police Union Demands NFL Investigate Michael Bennett For 'False' Racial Profiling Claim
A union representing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has requested that the NFL investigate Seahawk Michael Bennett in regards to an incident that occurred with Las Vegas police officers on August 27.
As the Seattle Times reports:
The letter from the Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro, Inc., claimed that Bennett made ‘false and defamatory’ comments about the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and asked Goodell to ‘conduct an investigation, and take appropriate action, into Michael Bennett’s obvious false allegations against our officers.’
The letter, reported by 8 News Now in Las Vegas, also notes that Bennett has been sitting for the anthem and states ‘While the NFL may condone Bennett’s disrespect for our American Flag, and everything it symbolizes, we hope the League will not ignore Bennett’s false accusations against our officers.’
The report also goes on to say:
The union’s letter, authored by Detective Steve Grammas, claims police had ‘reasonable suspicion’ to detain Bennett while they determined if he was a suspect. It concludes that Bennett’s claims that the officers, which the department has said are each Hispanic, are racist is ‘false and offensive to the men and women of law enforcement’ and says the union is happy to meet with Goodell.
However, the NFL sent out a short response to the letter, with the statement saying “There is no allegation of a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy and therefore there is no basis for an NFL investigation.”
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John Burris, the attorney representing Bennett for the incident that occurred between him and Las Vegas police, said that the union claiming Bennett is lying when the police have yet to complete an investigation is “ridiculous.”
On Wednesday, Bennett recounted the incident that occurred in Las Vegas when he and others in attendance for the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight, were returning to their hotel rooms when they heard what sounded like gunshots. Ultimately, the Las Vegas police singled the NFL star out, with one threatening to blow Bennett’s “f**king head off.”