A judge in Houston set bail at $10,000 Monday for Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, charged with a felony in regard to a case following the Super Bowl in February of 2017.
Bennett turned himself in to Houston authorities Monday and was taken into custody after a 35-minute appearance before Judge Robert Johnson in Houston’s 177th criminal district court. He was later released on bond. Bennett will return to his home in Hawaii and travel back for court appearances, according to his attorney Rusty Hardin. Bennett's next date in court is on April 23 at 1 p.m.
Bennett earned over $15 million last year while playing for the Seahawks. The Eagles acquired him in a trade on March 15, nine days before the Harris County district attorney announced the charge against Bennett.
Bennett’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, told Johnson during the court appearance that Bennett had flown from his home in Hawaii to Houston to answer the charge (more from Hardin here).
Hardin asked Johnson and was granted permission for Bennett to travel freely while out on bail, telling the judge “it would be catastrophic to his career” to restrict his movements.
Bennett is charged with shoving and injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic security guard working at NRG Stadium in Houston while trying to get onto the field to see his brother, who played for the Patriots.