Video Surfaces Of Cops Using Excessive Force On Seahawks' Michael Bennett After Mayweather-McGregor Fight

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After the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight last month, Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks says that he was threatened with guns by police officers and arrested for being Black on the streets of Las Vegas. TMZ has acquired footage of the scary incident that Bennett says could have been the end of his life.

According to Bennett, he and his friends were walking with hundreds of other people after the fight when they heard what sounded like gunshots. They ran (like any sane person would), and shortly after Bennett was approached by police officers with their guns drawn. "A police officer ordered me to get on the ground," Bennett wrote in an open letter that he posted to Twitter on Sept. 6. "As I laid on the ground, complying with his commands not to move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would "blow my f*cking head off."

People are sounding off now that Bennett shared his side of the story and now that there is footage of the incident, but this is not the first time that a Black NFL player has accused the police of using excessive force or of being straight up racist. Check the slideshow above to see a few other players who know the fear and confusion that Michael Bennett says he felt that night in Vegas.

Matthias Askew

Matthias Askew

In 2006, former player Matthias Askew was accused of resisting arrest and shocked with a stun gun four times by police officers during a traffic stop. "They tased him simply because he was a big black man, not because he did anything to make them fear for their safety," said Askew's attorney. A judge later threw out the police account of what happened, clearing Askew of all charges.

Warrick Dunn

Warrick Dunn

Back in 2011, former NFL player Warrick Dunn was pulled over by three police officers in Atlanta, the city where he played professionally for six seasons. The cops said that he fit the profile of drug and gun traffickers, which translates to being a Black man in a nice car. The cops tried to use the excuse that his window tint was too dark as a reason for pulling him over, and eventually let him go with a warning.

Roddy White

Roddy White

In a string of tweets in 2016, Roddy White told the terrifying story of being pulled over for speeding. He says that the police officer immediately unclipped his gun and rested his hand on it when he approached the car window. The officer told him that it was police procedure, but White thought it was a little much for a speeding ticket. "I am going to report officer Kirby for his action it may save the next black man's life," White tweeted.

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