Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks was briefly detained by police in Las Vegas on the night of the Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor fight. The incident was at the time believed to be an active shooter situation at The Cromwell hotel, but was actually a noise that police still haven’t 100% identified. It was during this casino evacuation that LVPD say Bennett acted suspiciously and gave chase. Via NFL.com:
“As they moved toward the nightclub, an individual later identified as Bennett was seen crouched down behind a gaming machine as the officers approached,” McMahill said. “Once Bennett was in the officers’ view, he quickly ran out of the south doors, jumped over a wall onto Flamingo Road east of Las Vegas Blvd. into traffic. Due to Bennett’s actions and the information the officers had at the time, they believed Bennett may have been involved in the shooting and they gave chase. Bennett was placed into handcuffs and detained while officers determined whether or not he was involved in the original incident. He was detained for approximately 10 minutes and released. Mr. Bennett, at the scene, had the incident explained to him by a supervisor and he said that he understood and that he had no problem with what the officers did, just the one that he claimed the officer had pointed a gun at his head.”
During a press conference today LVPD undersheriff Kevin C. McMahill said he believed that the incident was not race-based and pointed out that both officers involved were Hispanic. McMahill said that LVPD had 126 videos of the incident to review.
A 5-minute clip was shown during the press conference which can be seen below. Here’s video TMZ obtained today showing Bennett on the ground.
Bennett gave his own emotional press conference today.