They once tried to deport punter Darren Bennett

Once upon a time, the NFL tried to have San Diego Chargers punter Darren Bennett, a native of Australia, deported. Well, I’m watching him punt today against the Raiders, so obviously an alternate solution was found. What exactly transpired?

In 1998 Immigration and Naturalization Service reviewed his work visa. He basically had to prove that his employment wasn’t depriving qualified a US citizen of the job. Sports illustrated wrote an article vouching for his qualifications and INS backed off.

Dang. A little slow on the draw there, Inigo. Almost six years.

Despite the age of the thread, since Inigo actually provided pertinent information, it can stay open.

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Google-boy! :stuck_out_tongue:

Let’s have none of that, now. At least he got the first answer. :wink:

Awww, come on. Kitty just wants to play!

This must be some sort of record.

Especially since the OP is still around to see his question answered! :smiley: