Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett feared for his life during an August 27 encounter with Las Vegas Metro Police, he explained in an interview on Wednesday, believing that he could become another victim of deadly police violence against minorities.
'I'm just thinking in my head, there's like, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, all these people, these people that have been through this,' Bennett told ABC News, describing the now widely publicized incident.
'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?'
Michael Bennett addressed his August 27 encounter with Las Vegas police, claiming he was the victim of racial profiling
Previously released videos have shown Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett being handcuffed on the ground by Las Vegas Metro Police as he pleads his innocence following last month's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight.
The Pro Bowl defensive end announced earlier last week on Twitter that he is considering a civil rights lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metro Police. In a note addressed 'Dear World,' Bennett claimed police picked him out of a crowd that was running away from the sound of gunshots. Ultimately, he explained, those officers threatened to 'blow my f****** head off.'
'Las Vegas police officers singled me out