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“Try not to get too lost in the weeds on this” were my editor’s words when he sent me this story.
It’s not, strictly speaking, mixed martial arts. I guess it could be considered weird. It is definitely wild. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was in Las Vegas the night of McGregor-Mayweather when what he thought were gun shots rang out. He, along with a host of other people, ran away from the sound of gunshots in Vegas. From his account, police officers singled him out, pointed guns at him, put him in handcuffs on the ground, threatened to blow his fucking head off if he moved, ignored his questions, put him in the back of a police car, then ultimately released him without explanation.
Equality. pic.twitter.com/NQ4pJt94AZ— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
What makes it worse is that the police have no explanation for why they singled him out that night. Deadspin.com reported the details of a press conference held by the Las Vegas police department, which boiled down to one answer from Undersherriff Kevin McMahill.
“I really can’t answer that as yet,” McMahill said, noting that the officers involved will submit to questioning from internal affairs detectives. “That’s exactly what we’d like to hear from Mr. Bennett as well.”
And of course, of all the videos taken of the incident, the bodycam worn by the officer who put Bennett in cuffs won’t be available, because, of course, it wasn’t turned on. The Deadspin article did include a video of another officer wearing a bodycam that was turned on, but that was inconclusive, and only served to demonstrate the confusion at that event. I’m not sure why officers bother to wear bodycams if they can turn them on or off at will, although that ability backfired when an officer attempted to plant drugs on a suspect in a recent Baltimore case.
McMahill said there were 126 videos of what happened that police would be gathering, but they will not include the body camera worn by the officer who detained Bennett. McMahill said that officer didn’t have his body camera turned on, and he did not know why. He added that video showing the initial interaction between Bennett and the officer also hadn’t been found yet, either.
In this case, the police picked the wrong black man to target. Bennett is not only famous, but already an activist. He is one of the athletes who followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead in infuriating American football fans by sitting during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. In Bennett’s case, that decision came after the Charlottesville riot, where a neo-Nazi murdered a woman by driving his car into a crowd of leftist counter-protesters.
Like all protests of the kind seen as disrespecting a sacred American tradition, Bennett has earned a lot of hate for that stance. This incident, however, serves to illustrate what his protest is about: police singling out black people for frightening, humiliating, and in some cases life-threatening harassment.
The real kicker? Those weren’t even gunshots. They were large statues falling over after a brawl.
The fight that caused the panic from what I have been told was mix of every race imaginable. There was no description for cops to go on. pic.twitter.com/YOPeFImnFi— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) September 6, 2017
I guess a lot of people WERE angry after McGregor-Mayweather.
The homie Bermudez last night after McGregor lost. #MayweatherMcGregor #TMT pic.twitter.com/Iqcbz11MLo— Victor Garcia (@TFOPW) August 27, 2017
Colby Covington unleashed this sterling piece of trash talk at Tyron Woodley, which is universal in its appeal to shared human experience.
#fakechamp @twooodley the type of guy to shoot a deer and let it suffer then guilt a friend to cut the throat because he ain't man enough.— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) September 6, 2017
I love this because it reminds me how much combat sports, and MMA in particular, appeal to the love of carnival we all have.
By natural law this fight should have been in Japan on a Dynamite card...this is as close as we will get I suppose... pic.twitter.com/wlNPzE00Hi— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) September 6, 2017
Max Holloway makes fun of himself and that’s the first ingredient in good humor.
It is what it is pic.twitter.com/BAxShdMT99— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) September 6, 2017
This man is the essence of online creepiness.
Imagine being this obsessed about someone pic.twitter.com/DE2h0Kx9lI— LeeviMMA (@LeeviMMA) September 6, 2017
This Left Hanging video is gold.
Left Hanging (UFC Edition) pic.twitter.com/0kJxLmR0As— Peter Pantheon Level (@FullContactMTWF) September 5, 2017
The reason no one is there is because everyone is evacuating ahead of a historic hurricane, genius.
45min line here for a pic every day...but we're the only ones here today #result maybe 1 more day here... pic.twitter.com/3gHTXoXJQe— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) September 6, 2017
Combat sports this weekend is looking pretty good
Live Combat Sport Schedule: 9/4 - 9/10— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 3, 2017
Link: https://t.co/rEb5tAOL5Z pic.twitter.com/BMRVztUqkQ
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Watch this clip to the end. Sorry, buddy, your equilibrium is gone. GONE. Not even Cristian Bale could bring it back.
hilarious chicken dance— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 6, 2017
Konstantin Rusu is proving that he is ok after being KO'd by Dmitry Menshikov (Tafnet) pic.twitter.com/QPuSCTSW20
Good morning— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 6, 2017
Anton Kalinin dops Robert Stoica (Tafnet) pic.twitter.com/oQIHxzJBk7
This is a good idea
Ring that bell pic.twitter.com/dRSuAm1jar— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) September 6, 2017
Serkan Ozgcaglayan KOs Pavel Zablockiy in 1R (Tafnet) pic.twitter.com/rEavVsV1bT— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 6, 2017
Good Reads and Quick Hits
- Takayama, the guy Don Frye had his amazing hockey fight sequence with, is paralyzed, and people are raising money for his medical bills.
- McGregor’s coach says he’s probably not fighting any more in 2017. He WILL be on PPV, though.
- Andrew Richardson breaks down the matchup between elephant-riding powerlifer Ilir Latifi and a literal unicorn: a light heavyweight prospect in Tyson Pedro.
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