Video of former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett being taken into police custody in Dallas for public intoxication released.
In late January, Dallas officers responded to a call about a man “banging on doors” and determined the 25-year-old former college football player was the perpetrator.
Officers went on to question Bennett about his whereabouts and noted on their incident report that he “hid behind a wall” in a possible attempt to evade arrest. He was taken to City Detention Center and booked for public intoxication but was later released.
However, TMZ obtained body cam footage of his arrest, in which he berates the police officers who took him into custody.
“Reputation ruined. Everything I worked for 20 years, ruined. But y’all boys just looking out for me, aren’t ya? Thank you, sir,” Bennett could be heard saying in the video obtained by news outlets.
When the football player was handcuffed and escorted to a police car, he did not hold back from making further commentary. “The door shut and somebody fell asleep,” the former Bulldog said. “And now five million people gotta see it, don’t they? Thank you, boys, for looking out for me. You guys are the best.”
While Bennett remained silent about the situation for some time, he addressed what occurred during the NFL Scouting Combine in March. And, the NFL Draft prospect issued a formal apology for his behavior.
Stetson Bennett says his arrest was ‘a mistake’ and is sorry for letting down his family.
“It was a mistake that everybody is aware of. I understand why that can’t happen,” he stated, according to Fox Sports. “I’ve talked to coaches about it and talked to GMs.”
The football player went on to emphasize the issue that plagued him the most was knowing he disappointed his family.
“I’ve apologized to my family. That’s who I felt worst about. I felt like I let them down. Even without all this, I’ve got an obligation. I’m the fourth,” Bennett explained. “Can’t do that if your last name is Bennett, and I know better than that.”
Over the last few months, the Georgia Bulldogs experienced an unprecedented number of arrests. According to reports, nine current and former Georgia players have been arrested over the past thirteen months. With this being said, the former quarterback doesn’t want these behaviors to represent the school as a whole. He said, “Those were individual mistakes that those individuals are responsible for. Not a culture issue.”
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