GREEN BAY, Wis. — Martellus Bennett heard from his brother,? Michael Bennett, in the? immediate aftermath of what happened?in Las Vegas on Aug. 27. But when Martellus saw the video of the incident involving his sibling for the first time on Wednesday, he had to excuse himself from a meeting room at Lambeau Field, where he and the Green Bay Packers were preparing for Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.
“I didn’t even know there was a video,” Martellus said. “I had to walk out of meetings because I broke down crying, just thinking about what could have happened, what could have been. It was just so close. You never know these days.”
In a 20-minute session with reporters on Wednesday, Martellus spoke at length about Michael, the Seahawks defensive end. By the end, Martellus had tears streaming down his face when he talked about just giving his brother a hug when the two are reunited this weekend before Sunday’s game at Lambeau.
“Sometimes, a hug is the best thing you can give,” Martellus said as his voice cracked. “I mean, I don’t really know, really — you know what I’m saying? I don’t really have the answers. You just think, ‘What if?’ You know? Two seconds this way, two seconds that way, the whole thing is different. So for me, I’ll just be happy to see my brother, because there’s a chance I couldn’t see him.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Michael Bennett posted a social media message about the Las Vegas incident, in which he accused police of using excessive force and drawing a gun on him. He wrote that officers pointed guns at him “for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time” and ordered him to lie down on the ground.
A video posted Wednesday by TMZ Sports shows a police officer putting handcuffs on Michael. At one point in the video, Michael is heard yelling to the officer: “I wasn’t doing nothing, man! I was here with my friends. They told us to get out; everybody ran. Can you answer my question, sir?”
Martellus Bennett said he received a call from his brother in the hours shortly following the incident, after the Packers had returned home from a preseason game at? Denver. He described Michael as “hysterical” during the phone call and said he just tried to calm him down.
“Michael’s doing well,” Martellus said. “I think the first couple days were really tough. I think he’s doing well. He has a lot of support, a lot of good support, a lot of friends, but he’s doing well.”