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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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Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:52 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

I was happy for Benson when he had that big game against the Bears a couple of years ago because it seemed maybe he had gotten a rough ride in Chicago. But as time goes by the fact seems to be he's a bad actor and he was hated here because the Bears had a running back, Thomas Jones, who is apparently everything Cedric Benson will never be.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:37 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

scarletrobin--Read the article.  This happened in Austin, where Benson lives.  It didn't happen in Cincinnati, where he gets a paycheck (not always works) when the team is allegedly playing.

I live in Cincinnati, and I don't want to hit anybody.  That could hurt my hands--and they could hit back, harder. 

And for all you Bengal fans--This has to do with Benson, who is a member of the Bengirls.  It has nothing to do with the Steelers, Ravens, or any other alleged team. 

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:32 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

No Palmer + No Benson + No T.O. = Another long season for Bengals fans.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:30 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

 I know that we are all people and each have our issues. What I don't understand however, is how so many of these rich athletes break the law so often. Just sit back and enjoy your money while avoiding these stupid crimes. If you have to cut certain people out of your life in order to conduct yourself like most people, then do it. Geez.
 This dude can't control himself no matter what.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:14 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Well it was family members this time so he can't blame it on racism like he usually does.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:09 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

We only know one thing for sure, and it's that this won't be Benson's fault. He's never done anything wrong in his life, it's always someone out to get him -- whether it's the fans, law enforcement, the Bears, etc. Just ask him. 

I don't think there's a less accountable player in sports.  

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:04 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Maybe had a young nephew (he was supporting) needed straigtened out,I was going to pick him after Vick! Don't know who victim was,so won't speculate any further.

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 2:54 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

Ray Lewis predicted an increase in NFL player violence and mayhem during the lockout and a huge spike if the season is canceled.  He could be right.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 2:31 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

just can't the jungle out of the bengals

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 2:02 pm

Report: Cedric Benson arrested for assault

It will be interesting to see what the NFL will do to these guys that are getting in trouble during the offseason.  I don't see how they can get away with disciplining the players while they have been locked out.

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