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Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: September 25, 2011 10:57 am
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BensonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In a somewhat weird story, CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson wrote Saturday about the supposed deal the NFLPA struck with the NFL in which the union agreed to allow the league to suspend eight players for actions that occurred during the lockout.

Among the names that Yahoo Sports reported that the league could suspend: Aqib Talib and Kenny Britt (though Roger Goodell, thus far, has not punished either), Cedric Benson, Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Underwood, Clark Haggans, Johnny Jolly and Adam Jones.

Apparently, Benson -- who already served only a few days of his 20-day jail sentence after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of assault -- isn’t a fan of that deal.

According to Pro Football Talk, Benson has filed a charge of unfair labor practice against the NFLPA.

Apparently, Benson didn’t know about the agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA -- which was signed, sealed and delivered in early August.

Benson is arguing to the National Labor Relations Board that the NFLPA wasn’t a union during the lockout -- the NFL and a group of retired players all have made the same claim in various lawsuits because, in fact, the NFLPA decertified before the lockout began and took great pains to announce that it no longer was a union -- and Benson also says that he wasn’t an employee of any team during the lockout. Benson reasons that he shouldn't be suspended for actions that occurred when he wasn't an employee of the NFL or of the Bengals.

It just goes to show that even though the lockout has ended and the union has reformed, not everybody is feeling such a sense of solidarity.

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:06 am
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

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Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Some of his greatest runs are from the cops.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Steel , benson is no more of a criminal as hines ward (dui) and ben rapistberger (driving without a license ) lol



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Shut your whore mouth



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

I agree wholeheartedly with Cedric Benson's point of view in this case. Two wrongs do not make a right and it is completely unfair and unreasonable for the NFL to penalize him in this case. He wasn't a member of any union or an employee of any entity thus really he can't be held representative of such. This is a personal right under attack and each and everyone of you should stand up for what Cedric Benson is saying. How would you like it if your "boss" suspended you because you smoked pot prior to your employment or got involved in a bar room brawl while you were unemployed. Ridiculous notion. As for those of you that think they'd be fired if you were found in some way to have acted beyond the law, I think you need to give your employer and yourself more credit, unless of course you believe that you are truely that expendable. I understand that many contracts give an employer the right to terminate an employee for such but that doesn't mean the employer always exercises the right. 

I don't in any way condone the way Cedric Benson has conducted himself in many cases, but then again I'm not in his shoes. None of that matters anyways, the law has taken care of his misdeeds. It would be further abuse of our legal system and a mans rights if he were to indeed be suspended.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Take your licks scumbag and shut up!!! Benson is a criminal and should be penalized!!!



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Cedric Benson should just twist another one... sit back and relax.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

I would love to see what my company would say to me if I said "Hey, can't make it to work for a bit, I'll be in Jail". I'd be fired. Then again, I'm not a criminal. I'm not an arrogant NFL player that feels they can do whatever they want. The reality of the situation is, he should take his punishment that he earned, and forget about it. If he played on any team besides the Bengals, they cut him for all his arrests.



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