A Texas court just charged Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett with a felony

The “injury of the elderly” count carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison

Michael Bennett and his family in Bennett Foundation swag

Michael Bennett and his family in Bennett Foundation swag

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Updated 5:40 p.m.

Back in 2017, new Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett went to Super Bowl LI to watch his brother Martellus play for the Patriots. His actions that night at NRG Stadium may come back to haunt him.

On Friday, a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, charged Bennet with the felony of “injury of the elderly.”

The charge carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. A warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest, the DAO said, and prosecutors are already talking with Bennett’s lawyers regarding his surrender.

What’d the big guy do that landed him in hot water?

At the end of the game, Bennett reportedly shoved his way past security to get on the field, pushing past NRG Security personnel. Staffers say they told him to use a different entrance, but he disregarded their pleas, and allegedly shoved a 66-year-old security worker on his way.

Bennett is known as an outspoken activist for social justice, and has never hidden from controversy. Chances are we’ll hear his thoughts on this felony charge — and what he plans to do about it — sometime soon.

Around 4 p.m. Friday, the Eagles released a statement saying the team was “aware of the situation” and is “in the process of gathering more information.”

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