Seahawks' Michael Bennett: Las Vegas police threatened to 'blow my f***ing head off'

Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett said on Wednesday that a Las Vegas police officer threatened to blow his head off during a heated exchange following the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on August 26. 

"After the fight while heading back to my hotel several hundred people heard what sounded like gun shots," Bennett wrote in a letter he posted on Twitter. "Like many of the people in the area I ran away from the sound, looking for safety. Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

"A police officer ordered me to get on the ground. As I laid on the ground, complying with his commands to not move, he placed a gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would 'blow my f-----g head off.' Terrified and confused but what was taking place, a second Officer came over and forcefully jammed his knee into my back making it difficult for me to breathe. They then clinched the handcuffs on my wrist so that that my fingers went numb."

The defensive end detailed the harrowing experience, saying the "excessive use of force was unbearable" and "my life flashed before my eyes." 

Bennett added that he has retained Oakland Civil Rights Attorney John Burris and will "explore all my legal options including filing a civil rights lawsuit for the violation of my constitutional rights."  

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HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) poses for a selfie with his brother Michael Bennett who plays for the Seattle Seahawks while on the field for pre game warm ups. The Atlanta Falcons play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione and Martellus Bennett (right) celebrate the 12-7 Aggie win over the Longhorns in Austin, Texas, Friday, November 24, 2006. The Aggies defeated the Longhorns 12-7. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
SEATTLE - 2009: Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by NFL Photos)
IRVING, TX - 2008: Martellus Bennett of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Defensive end Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a touchdown after recovering a fumble against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears stretches for a reception attempt in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, September 15, 2013. Bennett collided with a cameraman on the way down and was assisted off the field. The Bears defeated the Vikings, 31-30. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JANUARY 27: Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability at the Westin Hotel January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on February 2, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20: Martellus Bennett #85 of the New York Giants during play against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Giants won 36-7. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks after Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Tight End Martellus Bennett #83 celebrates one of two Touchdowns against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks dirong warmups for the game with the San Diego Chargers during preseason at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 17: Martellus Bennett stands in front of his animated portrait during the Hey AJ Imagination Lounge Pop Up on June 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images for Martellus Bennett- Imagination Agency Pop Up Book Launch)
02 October 2016: New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) celebrates a big first down. The Buffalo Bills defeated the New England Patriots 16-0 in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 29: Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) celebrates during the 2017 Pro Bowl on January 29, 2017, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.(Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots celebrates with cheerleaders after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 to win the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots celebrate during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
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Bennett has been an outspoken supporter of Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned as the NFL season kicks off. Many fans and players have speculated that Kaepernick has not been signed because of his 2016 national anthem protest. 

"This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust," Kaepernick tweeted. "I stand with Michael and I stand with the people."

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