Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett got emotional on Wednesday discussing the video of his brother Michael Bennett’s confrontation with police in Las Vegas.
Michael posted a message on social media on Wednesday claiming Las Vegas police used excessive force and pointed a gun at his head after a crowd scattered following noise that sounded like gun shots.
Michael said he was handcuffed and had guns pointed at him for “doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” He said he feared for his life.
On Thursday, Martellus said he didn’t realise there was a video of the incident, which was released by TMZ, and that he had to excuse himself from a team meeting because he began to cry.
“I didn’t even know there was a video,” Martellus said. “I had to walk out of meetings because I broke down crying, just thinking about what could have happened, what could have been. It was just so close. You never know these days.”
Speaking to reporters, Martellus again got emotional, holding back tears as he said: “You just think, ‘What if?’ You know? Two seconds this way, two seconds that way, the whole thing is different. So for me, I’ll just be happy to see my brother, because there’s a chance I couldn’t see him.”
Michael said in his statement that he retained Oakland civil rights attorney John Burns and is exploring legal options.
The Las Vegas Police said they are on investigating the incident. Kevin McMahill, the Undersheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said there isn’t evidence of racial profiling.
Martellus said on Wednesday that Michael is doing well and he is proud of how he’s handling it.
“Michael’s doing well,” Martellus said. “I think the first couple days were really tough. I think he’s doing well. He has a lot of support.”
He added: “I’m very proud of Michael and the way that he handled it. There’s a lot of guys who told him not to say anything. It may be a distraction … For me, I think that’s the wrong way to go about it. I think his letter, it was eloquent. You had to empathise with the side of the story that he was telling, what happened to him.”
Watch some of Martellus’ comments below, via ESPN:
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