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Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Posted on: July 17, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 8:47 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

For the most part, the NFL has avoided a run of players getting in trouble with the law while not under team supervision. (Kenny Britt being the exception, of course.) The news, however, that Cedric Benson was arrested in Austin, Texas, early Sunday morning won't help that cause.

UPDATE (8:45 p.m. ET): According to wire reports, Benson was released from jail on Sunday following an arrest on an assault charge, the second year in a row he has gotten into trouble in his home state.

More details:
Travis County sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said Benson was arrested in downtown Austin on a misdemeanor count of assault with bodily injury with family violence. Benson attorney Sam Bassett said in a statement the arrest followed "a conflict" between Benson and a male former roommate.

Wade said Benson posted a $10,000 bond and was released just before 2 p.m.

Bassett considers the "family violence" aspect of the charge erroneous "since the alleged male victim no longer is Mr. Benson's household member and was not a household member for the past few days." Conviction of assault with family violence would draw a stiffer penalty than simple assault.
The Bengals were predictably mum on the situation. "In cases like this, we don't feel it's appropriate to comment before there's some kind of legal resolution," team spokesman Jack Brennan said. 

Benson will be an unrestricted free agent in 2011 (assuming a reversion to old CBA rules), and there was a good chance that he could land a nice contract because of the market's demand for running backs.

Benson/Bengals Offseason

This arrest -- along with the fact that Benson has a previous assault charge from June 2010, in Austin -- won't do much to boost his value.

And depending on whether commissioner Roger Goodell and the league can enforce the personal conduct policy while the players are locked out, Benson could end up facing a suspension, something he miraculously avoided the last time he was arrested for assault.

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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

It seems that every week we hear a Bengals player getting in trouble with the law or otherwise causing a ruckus. The Brown's ownership must be so proud.



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Just to clarify- assault is not "beating someone up." Assault is the imminent threat of harm. For example, a guy walks toward you with a menacing look on his face and says "I'm going to punch you." Even if the guy doesn't punch you that's considered an assault. In contrast, a battery is the charge of actually putting your hands on someone- e.g. actually punching someone in the face. Someone can be guilty of both assault and battery--> combine both those previous incidents into a single incident and you have both. So this allegation against Benson is that he threatened someone, but it is not an allegation that Benson actually put his hands on anyone. I think a lot of these stories are meaningless because with a petty msidemeanor he's not actually going to serve any jail time. This is a non story.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Another day..another black football player arrested.  There needs to be a study done as to why black football players are always in trouble with the law.  The stats do not lie.



Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

WHAT??? Another white NFL Player in trouble??????  OMG LOL



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Animals. Sub humans. Gotta love "grown men" that beat up their families.



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

THIS PROBABLY WASN'T THAT BAD OF A CASE HERE OR ELSE IT WOULD'VE BEEN ALL OVER THE NEWS ALREADY LIKE WILDFIRE.




Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

 Do you think FORTE WILL BE ANY BETTER THAN BENSON.




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Some things never change.  First Adam, just stop calling me ' pacman ' Jones, now C-Benson.   Thugs Be Thugs.



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

LOL, do you think forte will be any better?




Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Seems like the league tries to pass rules to reduce violence on the field but seems helpless to reduce violence off the field.


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