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Michael Bennett Is Lying
Outkick The Coverage ^ | 09/07/2017 | Clay Travis

Posted on 09/07/2017 6:03:53 PM PDT by gubamyster

Yesterday morning the sports media united in praise and sympathy for Seattle Seahawk defensive end Michael Bennett when he tweeted out a story which claimed police had singled him out, pointed their guns at him, threatened to blow his brains out, and detained him in the back of a police car for “doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

That message he posted on Twitter has since been favorited or retweeted 582,000 times.

When I read Bennett’s story yesterday morning, the facts didn’t make sense to me. Bennett alleged that police had responded to reports of shots fired at a Las Vegas casino and while they were responding to reports of an active shooter he alleged they decided to racially profile Bennett and detain and handcuff him because he was a black man.

Leaving aside the allegations of blatant police racism put forth here, it just didn’t make logical sense to me. Why would police decide to handcuff an innocent black man while they were investigating a potential live shooter? Surely, I thought, there had to be something more to this story.

But evidently I was the only person to think this because the sports media spent the rest of the day lionizing Bennett for his bravery in the face of racist police officers. MSESPN, FS1, CBS, NBC, just about every radio station in the country, no one actually suggested, “Maybe we should wait to see what the police have to say about this.”

If you said anything other than Michael Bennett is a hero you were a racist.

If you doubt this go read my mentions. Woe unto you if you have the audacity to suggest there might be two sides to a story or that it was possible the Las Vegas police might not be racists.

Twitter demanded a hero be crowned, and that hero was Michael Bennett.

Even the NFL sent out a statement praising Bennett and castigating the police for their treatment of him.

Then the story started to shift.

TMZ released a video of the Michael Bennett handcuffing and it looked downright normal.

There were no screaming threats from the officers to “blow his fucking head off” or, at least in this video, a gun placed anywhere near his head. If Bennett, as he alleged, was threatened that his head was going to be blown off, you certainly can’t hear it. And if the officer handcuffing him held a gun to his head, you certainly can’t see that in this video either. Indeed, given the fact that we can hear almost the entirety of the arrest interaction, it seems pretty damn unlikely that there were any threats uttered at all.

Later that day the Las Vegas police department held a press conference and released a five minute video from inside the casino that night. The video, which you can watch below after the media briefing, showed how chaotic the casino had been that night. It also revealed that officers entered the casino with weapons drawn and sought to protect the largely black audience exiting the casino.

It always bears repeating, but our police officers run towards violence while everyone else runs away from it. As you watch the men and women of the Las Vegas police department courageously walking through the casino looking for a shooter or shooters, it’s hard not to admire their bravery.

Most importantly for purposes of Bennett’s allegation, you can also see that the entire casino is full of black people. If police wanted to arrest black people, there were literally hundreds of them exiting the casino and receiving no molestation at all. Why was Bennett, a black man, among hundreds of black people singled out because of his race?

Indeed, once you watch this video Bennett’s allegation that he was picked out because he’s black is downright laughable. In fact, it’s so laughable that Bennett’s own attorney has acknowledged race had absolutely nothing to do with his treatment from the police.

Near the end of the video you can see Michael Bennett, crouching behind a slot machine inside the casino, appearing to hide from police. When the police approached him because he appeared suspicious hiding there, he jumped up and ran away from them, refusing commands to stop, leaping a wall, and attempting to escape from them before being caught and detained.

As police said in their letter they released today demanding the NFL investigate Michael Bennett for telling lies, “As our uniformed officers entered the casino, they observed Bennett hiding behind a slot machine. When officers turned toward Bennett, he bolted out of the casino, leaped over a four foot barrier wall, and hid from officers as he crouched close to the wall on the sidewalk.”

The letter continues, “I am sure that your attorney will tell you, our officers had reasonable suspicion, which is the constitutional standard, to detain Bennett until they could determine whether he was involved in the shooting. Our officers, who are both minorities, had the legal right and obligation, to detain Bennett based upon the nature of the call and Bennett’s unusual and suspicious actions. Our officers did not detain Bennett because he was “a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Michael Bennett’s claim that our officers are racist is false and offensive to the men and women of law enforcement. We hope you will take appropriate action against Michael Bennett.”

You can read that full letter here.

The police said there are over 120 videos to review of this incident and they will provide a full detailing of all of these videos when they have had the time to review them all.

With all of this evidence now out there, you’d think the sports media might be shifting their tune. But, amazingly, they are not. In fact, most of you will be seeing all of this evidence for the first time on Outkick. What I’d like to ask you all is this — why is Outkick one of the only, if not the only, sports media outlet pointing out that Michael Bennett definitely told at least two lies?

1. That he was detained because he was black.

That’s clearly not the case. He was detained because he was hiding from police, when they approached him he ran and he refused their orders to stop.

Even Bennett’s own attorney has acknowledged that race had nothing to do with his detention.

Furthermore, the allegation that the police officers were racist is undercut by the fact that the two officers arresting him were minorities. Now, contrary to mainstream media coverage, minorities can be racist, but it certainly doesn’t help Bennett’s case at all.

2. Police didn’t explain why they detained him.

Police say they detained him for ten minutes and then released him upon determining he was not a threat. This is standard operating procedure and Bennett was told exactly this at the time.

Moreover, Michael Bennett has likely told at least two more lies:

1. That a police officer threatened to blow his fucking brains out.

Again, review the TMZ video, you can hear what appears to be the entirety of their interaction during the detention and this threat isn’t made.

2. That a police officer held a gun to his head.

In the video from the police department it appears to be a taser that the police officer is brandishing. It would not, however, be a surprise if there was a gun out because the officers in the video all had their guns out as they entered the casino on the call that an active shooter was present.

But, again, it appears to be a taser, not a gun that the detained officer was using.

It’s altogether probable that the only true statement in Michael Bennett’s entire letter is that he was detained by police. Yet despite all of this evidence that I have just marshaled here, why is Outkick the only place in sports media writing this story?

I’ll tell you — because the left wing sports media wants Michael Bennett’s story to be true so desperately that they don’t care what the evidence actually shows.

This is scary because it’s further evidence of what I see happening more and more, people aren’t interested in the individual facts of cases or the truth, they just want their world view to be confirmed. The evidence here is clear — Michael Bennett lied about what happened to him in Las Vegas. That’s bad enough, what’s even worse is this — the sports media has been complicit in allowing his lies to spread and has not held him accountable for his dishonesty.

Rather than wait for two sides of a story to come out and analyze which side was likely to have the weight of evidence and truth behind it, the sports media leapt to conclusions and, yet again, was proven to be completely wrong.

The saddest part of this story, however, remains Michael Bennett, who claims he is protesting the national anthem because of police treatment of minorities. By lying about his own treatment by police, Bennett further poisons the relationship between police and minorities and makes it even less likely that actual mistreatment of police by minorities will be believed.

When you get caught in a lie, as Bennett most definitely has, it just makes those people who are actually telling the truth less likely to be believed too.

Michael Bennett has done a tremendous disservice to the people he claims to care about, and the police of Las Vegas who have done nothing wrong. He should be ashamed and so should the sports media who trumpeted his lies and have gone totally silent when those same lies have been exposed.

I never thought Outkick was going to turn into the most trusted source in sports news, but, somehow, this is where we keep ending up over and over again. It’s amazing how that happens when your only agenda is facts and truth.

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1 posted on 09/07/2017 6:03:53 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: gubamyster

He should be suspended at least one game.

Should also be charged with a crime for falsely claiming abuse.

2 posted on 09/07/2017 6:06:09 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

It won’t matter. Same as “hands up don’t shoot.” Truth is not the objective, the meme and how it can be hammered politically is.

3 posted on 09/07/2017 6:11:33 PM PDT by Fungi (90 percent of all soil biomass is a fungus. Fungi rule the world.)
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To: TigerClaws

First the NFL needs to retract their stupid statement.

4 posted on 09/07/2017 6:12:33 PM PDT by bankwalker (Immigration without assimilation is an invasion.)
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To: gubamyster

Detained for ten minutes.

Not threatened.

No gun held to his head.

This guy is desperate to inflame the Black community, and as many others as he can, in this fraud.

That itself should be actionable IMO.

Give the guy six months for the lying to wear off.

5 posted on 09/07/2017 6:12:52 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (One man's DACA, is 330 million other men's caca.)
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To: Fungi

Exactly right.

That hands up thing, and the fraud that the police shot him for nothing at all...

He had already beaten a police officer, and tried to take his gun away, and was coming back for more.

That officer saved live IMO.

Add Trayvon Martin to the list.

That was all a trumped up lie too.

6 posted on 09/07/2017 6:14:47 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (One man's DACA, is 330 million other men's caca.)
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To: gubamyster

Michael Bennett is a racist.

7 posted on 09/07/2017 6:15:52 PM PDT by TBP (0bama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: gubamyster

It’s ammo-packed posts like this that make FR such a great site despite its excess of barf articles that merely attract venting.

8 posted on 09/07/2017 6:15:58 PM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: gubamyster

Police just can’t win when a minority has a racial axe to grind.

Don’t worry police officers. Good Americans will always have your back and we appreciate what you heroes do for us all.

9 posted on 09/07/2017 6:17:55 PM PDT by Bullish (Whatever it takes to MAGA)
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He can sit for the protest...

10 posted on 09/07/2017 6:18:04 PM PDT by TnTnTn
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To: gubamyster

I would rather wait until all sides tell their story. But that’s not how the left (and sometimes the right) play the game. A whole lot of conservatives got embarrassed when some of the solid details of the driver running over people in Charlottesville were released.

11 posted on 09/07/2017 6:18:05 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: TigerClaws

Wow. Truth coming out. Amazing.

I want to see more of this!

12 posted on 09/07/2017 6:20:13 PM PDT by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: CatOwner
when some of the solid details of the driver running over people in Charlottesville were released.

Not to hijack this thread, but speaking of that, there was a thread on here today saying she actually died of a heart attack. I only read the title, not the detail on that one.

13 posted on 09/07/2017 6:20:54 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: gubamyster

Bennett was hiding because he’s a coward. He thought shots had been fired and he hid rather than chance getting shot leaving the casino.


14 posted on 09/07/2017 6:22:02 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Democrats want to teach anal sex in school. Republicans want to teach gun safety.)
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To: gubamyster

I’ve suspended him and the entire NFL for another season.

15 posted on 09/07/2017 6:24:33 PM PDT by canalabamian
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To: gubamyster

They don’t hire people like us to work Public Relations for companies and similar entities. Instead they hire a bunch of left-wing, America-hating, straight-hating, white-hating, jerks...and then wonder why their businesses is getting killed.

In this case, I have some advice for the NFL:

1) There is NO LAW that requires an instant reaction and statement when an allegation is made. It is ok to try to listen to both sides first and there is now often conclusive electronic evidence.

2) In fact, there is NOTHING WRONG with simply staying clear of political issues. If a reporter asks you about this case of ‘police brutality’ and ‘targeting by race’, simply respond that you don’t have enough information to take a position.

3) People often lie, even those claiming to victims.

4) The police are not always the bad guys - in fact, roughly 90% of the time, they wind up being the good at least here them out first.

5) Remember that your fan base is 98% white (by revenue) and 2/3’s of those whites DO NOT enjoy being a punching bag for the left, and yes, when you attack the police, you are attacking white society, in other words - you are attacking YOUR OWN FAN BASE.

6) The media is NO LONGER interested in the truth - at least not initially. All they want is juicy headlines, particularly if it’s targeted at white society.

16 posted on 09/07/2017 6:24:39 PM PDT by BobL (In Honor of the NeverTrumpers, I declare myself as FR's first 'Imitation NeverTrumper')
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To: Socon-Econ

Boy do you have a point there. Agreed.

17 posted on 09/07/2017 6:26:33 PM PDT by RitaOK (Viva Christo Rey! Public Education/Academia are the farm team for more Marxists coming... infinitum.)
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18 posted on 09/07/2017 6:27:44 PM PDT by musicman (The future is just a collection of successive nows.)
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To: gubamyster

He is a BLM believer who just knows that all cops are racists and he is a victim.

19 posted on 09/07/2017 6:29:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Conservatives love America for what it is. Liberals hate America for the same reason.)
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To: Fungi

My local representative here in Missouri is in trouble because he said on FaceBook that someone who defaced a monument in a cemetery should be hung from a tall tree with a long rope. This statement is an intimation of someone receiving justice, not a lynching. The media ‘lynches’ whomever they please every day of the year and hide behind the 1st Amendment and the 4th column. Good on the police for firing back (uhoh, a trigger phrase)on the NFL in this case.

20 posted on 09/07/2017 6:32:28 PM PDT by taterjay
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