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NFL will rule on Benson 'as soon as possible'

Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:26 pm
BensonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While the NFL didn’t have a problem handing down a three-game suspension to Bengals running back Cedric Benson for violating the conduct policy in the offseason -- though there was a lockout and he was a free agent, meaning he wasn’t actually employed by anybody -- the league apparently is not finding it as simple to rule on the appeal of that suspension.

Originally, Benson was supposed to be suspended for last Sunday’s Buffalo game (though Benson made it clear by the end of the week that he WAS going to play in that one), this week’s game vs. the Jaguars and the Oct. 16 contest with the Colts.

But since the league still hasn’t ruled, nobody seems to know what the heck is going on with his suspension. In response, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told that the league “will render a decision as soon as possible.”

As Bengals Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner writes, Benson appealed last Tuesday, and as of Monday, he hadn’t heard anything from the NFL. And if the Bengals don’t hear anything by Wednesday, they’ll assume he’s good to go for the Jacksonville game.

Said coach Marvin Lewis: “There is no time frame from what I understood."

Aiello told that the appeal’s officer for the case is Harold Henderson -- who was the NFL's longtime legal counsel -- and not Goodell like I originally thought.*

*I thought Goodell handled all the appeals for the non-drug suspensions, but Aiello called that another myth. Of course, it would be tough to call Henderson a completely unbiased judge since he worked with the league for so many years.

But since it’s taking so long, it’s fair to wonder whether the NFL is struggling with this issue. After all, Goodell didn’t suspend Aqib Talib and Kenny Britt for their offseason violations (even though they, along with Benson, were on the list supposedly approved by the NFLPA that would allow the commissioner to suspend a group of eight players).

Maybe Benson’s appeal, in which he said he presented plenty of facts of his arrest(s) on assault charges and perhaps argued that he wasn’t an employee of the league at the time anyway, actually will work. Because it seems to me that if Goodell chose not to suspend Talib (who’s facing a far more serious charge than Benson) and Britt (whose arrest record compares pretty equally to Benson’s), he really doesn’t have a basis to suspend Benson either.

But we’ll see soon enough what Henderson thinks. My guess: Benson will still miss some games.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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NFL will rule on Benson 'as soon as possible'

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NFL will rule on Benson 'as soon as possible'

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:32 pm

NFL will rule on Benson 'as soon as possible'

Well said BuckeyeNation.

Personally I think Rodger Goodell is reaching on this one. The lockout worked for the owners and helped the NFL in the long run. I think they just need to concede that they did not have control over the players that were not under contract.

I definitely think Cedric Bensen is a tool and wannabe thug but he should probably get away with this screw up. Based on his record he'll screw up again and Goodell and really nail him.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:02 pm

NFL will rule on Benson 'as soon as possible'

I try not to be critical and I, generally, do not appreciate people going online just to insult others.  That said, for a person to hammer another person's analogies by way of a post laden with double negatives and grammatical efforts that are simply pathetic is just crazy.  Although I couldn't really follow it due to the foregoing, the facts stated as such are not even correct.  Terrelle Pryor is serving a suspension for things that happened in college and the league does have the scope and or authority to suspend a player for off field conduct.

Regardless, I agree that this situation is a little bit different and unprecedented.  To say that it is a no brainer and either side is illogical is, in and of itself, ridiculous.  If you are going to hammer someone, look in the mirror first.  And. . . get a friend with a grip on reading, writing and comprehending the english language to help you.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:55 am

NFL will rule on Benson 'as soon as possible'

Your analogy is ignorant. While acting foolish when you are a role model will affect your future image, or like in the presidency maybe your career. You Have to use a correct logic to explain the situation. Let me give you an accurate analogy. If I was laid off for a reason that was out of my control. (Benson losing his job because of the lockout) and went and got arrested for assault, then what would my job due at the time? Nothing. Because I do not work for them. They no longer employee me. Then I clear everything up and that is on my record.Then 5 months later the company that laid me off wants me back. And that companies policy is that as long as you have not commited a crime we can't hire you for then we will hire you back (The NFL does not suspend people indefinetly even for felonies, so why misdameanors. Plax, Vick, Etc Etc) Most jobs would not hire you back, but the NFL does not) And in this case the job you have allows you to have a misdameanor. (Just like the NFL) Does that job hire you back and then punish you or repremand you? NO! or they just would not have hired you back in the first place. Just like the NFL can't punish a player for a crime he commited when he was not an NFL employee. Do they punish draft picks for crime's they commited in college before there drafted? They may be drafted lower because of character issues but not suspended. I think Benson has some personal issue's and is probablt not that bright. But legally it makes no sense and neither does your analogy.

Since: Jul 20, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:40 am

NFL will rule on Benson 'as soon as possible'

Cedric Benson is a toolshed.  He's an idiot and always has been.  This isn't his first run-in with the law, and whether or not he can justify his actions, the point is that this guy is always around trouble.  I say suspend him.  He deserves it.

Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:58 am

NFL will rule on Benson 'as soon as possible'

Bernard Scott that is.

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