HOUSTON (CBS) — New Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett turned himself into authorities and appeared in a Houston courtroom on Monday after being charged for allegedly shoving a paraplegic woman following Super Bowl LI.
The incident occurred back in 2017 when Bennett allegedly shoved a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was trying to direct him to a different area to reach the field.
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.
Bennett’s lawyer disputes the claim.
“Michael never touched her. Michael never bumped into her. She bumped into him—I think we will find with a wheelchair– but that doesn’t mean she did anything wrong. I’m just simply saying he didn’t,” said Bennett’s attorney, Rusty Hardin.
Bennett’s bond was set at $10,000.
A Harris County grand jury indicted Bennett on Friday for injury of the elderly, which is a felony.
If convicted, the charge carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.