Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recounted his detainment by Las Vegas police on Aug. 27 in an exclusive interview with ABC News, saying he was "terrified" while being pinned down after leaving a casino and calling the incident "un-American."
Bennett was in Las Vegas to attend the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. He believes he was racially profiled and says an officer threatened to shoot him in the head.
During the incident, he said he immediately thought of other black people who have been killed by police officers in recent years.
"I'm just thinking in my head, there's like, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, all these people, these people that have been through this," Bennett told ABC News' Byron Pitts.
"I'm terrified," he added. "I'm literally just, like, worried if I make the wrong decision ... if I move too fast, if I twitch, and somebody says I'm resisting ... because I'm a big guy, you know what I'm saying?"
Bennett said that when he explained the incident to his 10-year-old daughter, she cried, fearful for his safety.
The Seahawks star called his treatment by police "un-American," in contrast to his protest of the national anthem, which some have given the same label.
"I think it's un-American what happened to me, having guns drawn on me. I say it's un-American what happened to Eric Garner. It's un-American, what happened to Trayvon Martin. It's un-American that there's ... no equality for people."
Bennett added, "What I'm doing is ... it's the most American thing that you could do, is fight for equality for everybody, and have a unity for the country."