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NFL player indicted by Harris County grand jury

 

A Harris County grand jury Friday indicted Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett for the felony charge of injury of the elderly for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic who was working at NRG Stadium to control access to the field at SuperBowl LI, prosecutors said.

 

On Feb 5, 2017, Bennett was a spectator and in town to watch his brother, a player for the New England Patriots.

 

Immediately following the game, Bennett shoved his way on to the field where players were gathering to celebrate.

 

NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled victim, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access.

 

Instead, he pushed through them, including the elderly woman who was part of the security team.

 

The charge, injury to the elderly, includes intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older.

 

It carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

 

As a result of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest. Prosecutors are working with Bennett’s counsel regarding his surrender.