Ben­nett claim re­futed


Po­lice acted ap­pro­pri­ately and pro­fes­sion­ally de­tain­ing Seat­tle Sea­hawks de­fen­sive end Michael Ben­nett when he ran from a casino as of­fi­cers searched for an ac­tive shooter fol­low­ing a re­port of gun­fire at an af­ter-hours club on the Las Ve­gas Strip, the head of the Las Ve­gas Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment said yes­ter­day.

A re­view of hun­dreds of videos, in­clud­ing po­lice body-worn cam­eras, found no ev­i­dence that the three of­fi­cers who had di­rect con­tact with the NFL star early Aug. 27 pro­filed Ben­nett by race or used ex­ces­sive force, Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo said.

He said there was noth­ing to sup­port Ben­nett’s al­le­ga­tion, made in a Twit­ter post more than a week later, that an of­fi­cer put a gun to Ben­nett’s head and threat­ened to blow his head off.

Walker threat­ened

The Ten­nessee Ti­tans in­formed the NFL about the death threats to Pro Bowl tight end De­lanie Walker and his fam­ily be­cause of the an­them protests. The league said its se­cu­rity depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Walker dis­closed the threats Thurs­day night in a post shared on so­cial me­dia. Walker told fans up­set by the protests that they didn’t have to go to the games if they felt dis­re­spected.

“We had a dis­cus­sion about it and have turned it over to the NFL, and will let them deal with it,” coach Mike Mu­larkey said. “We’re very com­fort­able and con­fi­dent that it will all be set­tled. We did not make a big is­sue of it, but we are def­i­nitely aware of it. It’s all out of our hands.” …

A for­mer New York Jets line­backer has sued the team be­cause he says they cut ties with him be­cause of his bipo­lar dis­or­der.

Erin Hen­der­son’s law­suit filed in New Jersey says that the team failed to ac­com­mo­date his dis­abil­ity and wrong­fully ter­mi­nated his em­ploy­ment, cost­ing him more than $3 mil­lion. …

Los An­ge­les pros­e­cu­tors say Oak­land Raiders cor­ner­back Sean Smith has pleaded not guilty to beat­ing his sis­ter’s boyfriend in July.

Jets’ Forte out

New York Jets run­ning back Matt Forte won’t play against the Jack­sonville Jaguars to­mor­row be­cause of turf toe.

Coach Todd Bowles an­nounced that Bi­lal Pow­ell will start in place of Forte, who sat out prac­tice all week.

De­fen­sive end Muham­mad Wilk­er­son is ques­tion­able with a sprained shoul­der that lim­ited him in prac­tice. …

The un­beaten At­lanta Fal­cons will be with­out four starters when they host the Buf­falo Bills: Safety Ri­cardo Allen (con­cus­sion), out­side line­backer Vic Beasley Jr. (ham­string), right tackle Ryan Schraeder (con­cus­sion) and de­fen­sive line­man Court­ney Up­shaw (an­kle/knee). …

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn will not play be­cause of a foot in­jury. De­fen­sive end Shaq Law­son will be a ga­me­time de­ci­sion.

Rookie Dion Dawkins will start in Glenn’s place. …

Browns rookie de­fen­sive end Myles Gar­rett is listed as ques­tion­able to make his NFL de­but to­mor­row against Cincin­nati.

The No. 1 over­all pick prac­ticed for the first time since Sept. 6 on Thurs­day. …

The Oak­land Raiders may be with­out lead­ing re­ceiver Michael Crab­tree against Den­ver af­ter he missed prac­tice be­cause of the lin­ger­ing ef­fects of a chest in­jury he suf­fered dur­ing the team’s loss to Wash­ing­ton. …

Ari­zona Car­di­nals coach Bruce Ari­ans says start­ing left guard Mike Iu­pati will have to un­dergo surgery to re­move a bone spur in his tri­ceps area and is ex­pected to be side­lined at least eight weeks.

OBJ dis­ci­plined

New York Giants wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. has been fined $12,154 by the NFL for his dog-like touch­down cel­e­bra­tion last Sun­day.

Beck­ham got down on all fours and pre­tended to uri­nate like a dog af­ter catch­ing a fourth-quar­ter touch­down pass in a loss to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. He was pe­nal­ized for un­sports­man­like con­duct for the cel­e­bra­tion, and met a few days later with coowner John Mara, who was un­happy with Beck­ham’s be­hav­ior. …

Pack­ers re­ceiver Da­vante Adams tweeted that he was at home and “feel­ing great” a day af­ter tak­ing a fright­en­ing hit from Chicago Bears line­backer Danny Tre­vathan.

Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher with about 4 min­utes left in the third quar­ter on Thurs­day night af­ter get­ting hit in the head dur­ing a tackle by Tre­vathan. …

The San Fran­cisco 49ers signed cor­ner­back K’Waun Wil­liams to a three-year ex­ten­sion. …

Bears coach John Fox called it too early to make an­nounce­ments on re­mov­ing start­ing quar­ter­back Mike Glen­non in fa­vor of rookie Mitchell Tru­bisky or vet­eran Mark Sanchez.


STAND­ING BY HIS MEN: Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day in Las Ve­gas re­gard­ing Michael Ben­nett.

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