Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett appeared in a Houston courtroom Monday after being charged in connection with an incident that police said happened after Super Bowl LI a year ago. The incident reportedly took place at the Super Bowl LI, where it's alleged Bennett shoved a paraplegic 66-year-old employee while trying to make his way onto the field. Bennett was in the crowd that day supporting his brother, Martellus, then a tight end for the Patriots.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office said a grand jury indicted Bennett, 32, acquired earlier this month by the Eagles, on a felony count of injury to the elderly.
Roseman said the team has been in contact with Bennett since the alleged incident came to light.
Hardin said he has witnesses who will maintain that Bennett was not involved in an altercation. He said there were 25-30 people and Bennett wasn't even the first one to get on the field through the gate. His lawyer, Houston defense attorney Rusty Hardin, went on record to claim his innocence.
From the courthouse, Hardin took issue with Acevedo's words.
The Eagles released a statement saying the team is aware of the situation and is gathering more information, but they will not further comment at this time.
A Houston Police Department spokesman said the department stands by Acevedo's remarks Friday.
Bennett surrendered to authorities after prosecutors on Friday announced that he faces a single felony charge of injury to the elderly, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
"In this country, people are presumed innocent, and I think we have to be fair about that in all these matters", Roseman said.
"I want to be clear: There's probably not a person-and I'm going to put him on the same ground as a bunch of people-that we trust more than (GM) John Schneider and the Seahawks", Roseman told reporters in Orlando. "People have the right to present their side".