NFL Star Michael Bennett Claims Las Vegas Police Threatened to "Blow My F---ing Head Off"

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has alleged he was subjected to abuse and excessive force by police in Las Vegas following the Mayweather-McGregor fight on August 26. 

The NFL star wrote a detailed account of the alleged encounter and posted it to Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Bennett claimed he heard gunshots while heading back to his hotel after the fight, and began to run away "like many other people in the area." In the process, police allegedly stopped him at gunpoint and ordered him to get to the ground. 

"Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time," Bennett said. 

While he was on the ground, Bennett said he complied with police orders, but claims officers continued to exhibit aggressive behavior. One of the officers allegedly held a gun near Bennett's head and threatened to "blow my fucking head off," according to the NFL star. Bennett also claims another officer jammed his knee so hard into his back it made it difficult to breathe. 

The Seahawks player said he thought he was going to die during the encounter. 

Bennett ended his post by stating he's hired legal representation "to investigate and explore all of my legal options including filing a civil lawsuit for the violation of my constitutional rights."

According to Bleacher Report, Bennett has hired Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris, who has reportedly requested Las Vegas police release body camera footage from the evening. 

In the past, Las Vegas police have been referred to as one of the deadliest forces in the U.S., though there have been major efforts toward reform

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, known for his controversial national anthem protest, said in a tweet that what allegedly occurred to Bennett was "disgusting and unjust."

Following Kaepernick's example, Bennett has also protested racial injustice and police brutality by sitting during the national anthem at the beginning of games. 

Newsweek reached out to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department regarding Bennett's allegations but did not hear back by the time of publication. 

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