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Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:19 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Cedric Benson's pending suspension -- believed to be three games, but up in the air on when a ruling would occur -- has been a heavy point of labor contention throughout much of the NFL's first six weeks. But it should simmer a bit now that the league reduced Benson's suspension to a single game.

According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Benson will now miss just one game this season and be fined $176,000 (one week's pay) by the NFL.

With the Bengals on bye in Week 7, it stands to reason that Benson will miss the Week 8 game at Seattle, with backup Bernard Scott getting most of the carries in his stead.

For Cincinnati, it's tremendous news. Benson is their workhorse and with a rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton taking snaps, the Bengals need as much of a running game as they can get. Benson missing just a single game helps them substantially, especially because he's unlikely to miss any in-division games.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Benson's unfair labor practice that he filed against the NFLPA, too.

"I will be in discussions with the Players Association over the next day or two and decide the next step in regards to the non-injury grievance," Benson's attorney David Cornwell said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

For my money, Benson's best dropping the unfair labor claim. He ended up getting just a single-game suspension and while most players would prefer that the NFLPA not agree to the deal that the NFL offered in terms of discipline for offseason violations of the personal conduct policy, it's not like what Benson did is OK.

He beat the hell out of a guy in a bar in Austin -- the second such time he's attacked someone there. He's been in plenty of trouble before and if the cost of achieving a decade of labor peace was throwing Benson under the bus for a suspension for something that warrants a suspension, that's just something that helps the greater good.

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Comments

Since: Jul 20, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:01 am
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

How can Terrelle Pryor get 5 games for what he did when he wasn't under an NFL contract at the time? 



Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:52 am
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

 Most comical thread I've read in a while. Steelers fans saying the Bengals are getting "special treatment"!

Your QB was under contract while in the Union playing in the NFL. Benson was not.

Go to google. Learn labor laws and then come back and begin to make yourself look even more silly!



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:46 am
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

One game is a joke.  There are players who have not even had charges pressed against them and had less history of trouble than this idiot and they got a longer suspension.  It is a shame that the NFL doesn't give out penalties on an even basis.  They clearly show favoritism to some and purposely hurt other teams.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:26 am
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

While one cannot condone Benson's behavior, I hope he continues his suit. If the league is put in a position that they do not control in any way players who are not under contract and have locked out of facilities, maybe they won't be so quick next negotiation to use the lock-out option in a labor dispute.



Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:17 am
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

Just to keep piling on the hypocrisy of the NFL. Benson is a multiple offender and convicted and he misses 1 game. Roethlisberger was never charged with anything and he was suspended for5 or 6. And don’t say anything about it being during the lock out. Terrell Pryor and Jim Tressell although idiots were suspended 5 games each for something that did not even occur within the NFL.

 

How about setting a standard? And not just taking everything on a whim and how Goodell feels that day.

Such crap.




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

Benson represents a product, the national Football league. Whether he got involved in an altercation during the lockout is immaterial. He came back to the league and he has to suffer their punishment. Goodell is only trying to present the league in the best perception. I realize that many people think Goodell is overstepping his bounds, but he's only trying to do what he thinks is in the best interest of the league. Don't hate on Goodell because he is far superior to his predecessor, Tagliabue, when it comes to holding the players to some standards.
What about all the other players who had legal issues during the lockout that got off free and clear?  Kenny Britt had so many issues I can't even count them on one hand.  Where is his suspension and fine?  Talib and his mother actually opened fire on someone, let me restate that - Talib fired gunshots at another human being.  Had he better aim, he would have killed a man.  Where's his suspension and fine from the league?

No one is going to argue that Benson should be the league poster-boy on model behavior - but how the hell do you suspend and fine him for getting in a bar fight (who knows if he actually started it or not) and not fine the player that tried to kill a man?

Makes no sense.  You can't argue that he's holding players to standards when there is an obvious double standard. 

CWergs



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

Benson represents a product, the national Football league. Whether he got involved in an altercation during the lockout is immaterial. He came back to the league and he has to suffer their punishment. Goodell is only trying to present the league in the best perception. I realize that many people think Goodell is overstepping his bounds, but he's only trying to do what he thinks is in the best interest of the league. Don't hate on Goodell because he is far superior to his predecessor, Tagliabue, when it comes to holding the players to some standards.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

Entity,

You are dead on the legal issue, and Goddell's unlimited power. However, there are a lot of foolish punks who pick fights, with not only NFL players, but people in general. Maybe the guy deserved his ass kicked? Maybe he was a bully all his life, until Cedric whipped his ass? Just becuase they are over-paid, high-profile athletes, doesn't mean tehy don't have the right to defend themselves or put some asshole in his place.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Cedric Benson's suspension reduced to one game

Keep fighting it, Cedric.  This isn't about Cedric Benson or feeling sorry for a guy who's stupid enough to get into bar fights.  This is about reigning in Roger Goodell's power and sending an anti-trust message to the leagues.  You do not have the power to punish anyone for activities that occurred during the lockout!  Cedric Benson wasn't an employee of the NFL or the Cincinnati Bengals, wasn't being paid, and had no protections from his union because it did not exist at that time.  And shame on the union for accepting this punishment in the first place.


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