Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett plans to surrender to the Houston Police Department after being indicted on a felony charge of injury of the elderly. One of Bennett’s attorneys, Rusty Hardin, said as much to the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday evening.
Updating Michael Bennett story -- Just spoke to Rusty Hardin, one of Bennett's attorneys. Bennett is currently outside continental U.S., will surrender himself upon his return. Hardin also responded to police comments re: Bennett. More here: https://t.co/3nzfkPCApl— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) March 24, 2018
A warrant for Bennett’s arrest was issued earlier on Friday. Houston chief of police Art Acevedo called for Bennett to “turn himself in as soon as possible” during a press conference.
Acevedo was also not shy to condemn Bennett’s alleged actions, calling him “morally bankrupt.”
Hardin responded to Acevedo’s comments via the Inquirer.
“I can’t speak to the facts yet because I was just asked to be involved, I have tremendous respect and affection for the chief of police in Houston, but I’m absolutely dumbfounded that he’d go that far to speak about somebody that has just been charged. I’m hopeful that when all the facts are out he’d want to reconsider if he’d want to be that over the top with somebody who’s just been charged with a crime and is presumed innocent. I don’t know the facts, and I dare to say neither does the chief, and until we do, we shouldn’t making those kinds of comments.”
It’s currently unclear exactly when Bennett will return to the United States.