HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (CBS) — An arrest warrant has been issued for new Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett after he was indicted for allegedly injuring a paraplegic woman following Super Bowl LI in Houston.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office says Bennett was trying to get onto the field to celebrate with his brother, Martellus Bennett, after the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium.
Officials say NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old paraplegic woman, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance to get onto the field.
However, authorities say Bennett instead shoved his way onto the field and that’s when the woman allegedly got injured.
A Harris County grand jury indicted Bennett on Friday for injury of the elderly, which is a felony.
A warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest. Prosecutors say they are working with his counsel regarding his surrender.
“His attorney has been made aware and our expectation is that he turns himself in before we catch him. If we find him on the streets, we’re gonna arrest him,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
The Eagles said in a statement that they are “gathering more information” about the matter.
“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time,” the Eagles said.
If convicted, the charge carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.