HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett was indicted following Super Bowl LI after his attempt to get on the field ended with an injury to a 66-year-old paraplegic that was working at NRG Stadium. Bennett was attempting to reach his brother, Martellus, a New England Patriots tight end, who had just won the game.
Prosecutors today moved to dismiss the case.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office released the following statement on Wednesday:
Prosecutors today moved to dismiss the case against NFL player Michael Bennett, who was indicted for an alleged incident following Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium, in Houston.
Prior to filing the motion for dismissal, authorities conducted an extensive review, including viewing video obtained in a prior investigation.
“After looking at all the evidence and applying the law, a crime could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Chief of Staff Vivian King said. “There was probable cause to warrant a charge initially, but after a careful review of all the pre-charge and post-charge evidence, we cannot prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Among the evidence to emerge, was surveillance video captured by the NFL and its associates, as Bennett and his family walked toward the field following the game.
Assistant District Attorney Nathan Moss preserved surveillance footage from when he investigated the theft of player Tom Brady’s jersey from a locker room following the championship game.
Bennett, 33, was indicted in March 2018 by a Harris County grand jury for the felony charge of Injury to the Elderly.
An elderly security guard, who uses a wheelchair, said Bennett pushed her arm as he made his way through a crowd.
“We dismissed this case in the interest of justice,” King said. “After looking at all the evidence, this was the right thing to do.”