Former Wisconsin star and longtime NFL running back Michael Bennett is headed to prison.
Michael Bennett, who starred at Wisconsin before playing 10 years as a running back in the NFL, has been sentenced to five years in prison for burglary and identity theft.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bennett was "sentenced for charges related to a 2015 incident in which he fraudulently took out $225,000 worth of loans in the name of his girlfriend’s parents, according to the Sonoma County district attorney’s office." He pleaded no contest to charges in March.
Per the Chronicle:
Bennett...was living on his girlfriend’s parents property in 2015 when he broke into their home and stole documents he then used to steal their identities, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
That will get you in trouble. Every time.
A Milwaukee native, Bennett replaced Ron Dayne as the Badgers' starting running back in 2000 and broke out for 1,681 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. The Minnesota Vikings then selected him with the 27th pick of the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
Bennett played five seasons in Minnesota, making the Pro Bowl in 2002 when he rushed for 1,296 yards. He spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the last five seasons of his career.