Michael Bennett: Police singled me out, put a gun near my head

    Defensive end Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

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    • The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment
    • Bennett's brother, who also plays in the NFL, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick shared support for Bennett

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    (CNN)Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who is among prominent NFL players who protest the national anthem before games, said police in Las Vegas unfairly singled him out, threatened him with a gun and detained him briefly after he attended last month's prizefight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.

    Bennett shared his account in a letter he posted Wednesday on Twitter.
      As he was leaving a party at the casino and heading home, he said he heard what sounded like gunshots. While he and others ran for cover, Las Vegas police officers pointed guns at him "for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time," he wrote.
      One pointed a gun at his head while another pinned him to the ground before they handcuffed him and placed him in a squad car, he said. They released him upon learning who he was, but left him feeling as though "the system had failed me," he wrote on Twitter.
      The Las Vegas Police Department confirmed that officers detained Bennett for 10 minutes and released him. They were responding to a call of battery and assault with a gun that had turned into an active shooter situation, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Wednesday.
      Based on the information they had at the time, they believed Bennett may have been involved in the shooting and pursued him, McMahill said. Given the circumstances, McMahill said he saw "no evidence that race played a role in this incident."

      'Emotionally traumatic event,' lawyer says

      Bennett has hired civil rights attorney John Burris, who on Wednesday called the officers' actions "outrageous, and exhibit A as to how every black man rich, famous or poor, unarmed and innocent can be falsely detained, arrested or even shot and killed by the police," according to a statement.