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BC-FBN--Bennett-Charge Dismissed

April 3, 2019
Prosecutors in Texas are dismissing a felony charge against NFL defensive end Michael Bennett, who was accused of pushing the arm of a paraplegic security guard while trying to get onto the field after the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston. Prosecutors say a crime could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Bennett was a spectator at the game and trying to get on the field to celebrate with his brother, a member of the Patriots at the time.

HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors in Texas are dismissing a felony charge against NFL defensive end Michael Bennett, who was accused of pushing the arm of a paraplegic security guard while trying to get onto the field after the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.

The Harris County district attorney’s office announced the decision Wednesday. Bennett, recently traded to the New England Patriots, was indicted by a grand jury in March 2018 on a felony count of injury to the elderly. Vivian King, the DA’s chief of staff, said “a crime could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Bennett was a spectator at the 2017 game and a member of the Philadelphia Eagles when he tried to get onto the field after the Patriots’ win to see his brother, Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the team at the time.

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