On Thursday morning, Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks told the story of how he was detained at gunpoint by Las Vegas police after the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight two weeks ago. The incident was captured on the video below:
Here is the video of Michael Bennett being handcuffed and detained. https://t.co/8dcPcsmgUg
In response, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement and held a press conference to address the incident:
On September 6, 2017 the LVMPD was made aware of a statement put on social media that contained allegations of police misconduct towards NFL player Michael Bennett, who was in Las Vegas over the weekend of August 26, 2017. With the MayweatherMcGregor fight taking place that weekend, and approximately 200,000 visitors in town, the LVMPD had every available resource committed to ensuring the safety of everyone in the Las Vegas valley. This incident originated at approximately 1:30 a.m. on August 27, 2017 when the LVMPD received calls of a possible active shooter at Drais Nightclub located inside of the Cromwell. The event resulted in Mr. Bennett being detained for approximately 10 minutes during the investigation. He was later released and the active shooter information was later determined to be unfounded.
The video from the conference, in which Undersheriff Kevin McMahill detailed the incident, was also released:
On September 6, 2017 the LVMPD was made aware of a statement put on social media that contained allegations of police misconduct towards NFL player Michael Bennett, who was in Las Vegas over the weekend of August 26, 2017.
As Thursday’s events unfolded, other statements were issued, including those from Bennett’s coach, Pete Carrol, and the NFL Commissioner, Robert Goodell.
May this incident inspire all of us to respond with compassion and courage
@nflcommish statement on Michael Bennett
Then we heard from Bennett himself as he was in Seattle preparing for the team’s opening day game against Green Bay.
Seahawks lineman Michael Bennett discusses how an incident with Las Vegas police has impacted his life during a press conference at the team’s headquarters in Renton. Bennett was in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor championship fight on Aug. 26.
We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops.