Seattle Seahawks superstar Michael Bennett plans to sue the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, stemming from an incident last month where he was detained at gunpoint after the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.
In a recent interview with ABC News, Bennett and his lawyer, John Burris, spoke about the events of August 27th incident, including how Bennett was racially profiled by officers up until they found out he was an NFL player.
“I went from being a black man to a football player.”
Burris added, “Unless something changes drastically that we don’t know of, we’re gonna file a lawsuit.”
Check out the footage from his ABC News interview below.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 13, 2017
During the Seahawks’ season-opening game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Bennett sat during the playing of the national anthem.
He explained that decision on Good Morning America:
“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. 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.”
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said there was no evidence that race played a role with Bennett.