Tag:Cincinnati Bengals
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 2:07 pm

Bengals lead league in arrests, no-comment Benson

Posted by Will Brinson

Over the weekend, Cedric Benson was arrested in Austin for assault. The collective response from most folks was: "Again?"

That's a problem. And so is the fact that Benson was the third Bengal in the past eight days to get arrested (Adam "Pacman" Jones and Marvin White were both arrested in the last week). Fortunately, the Bengals can use the lockout to no-comment the rash of arrests away.

"The team is aware of the incidents," Bengals public relations director Jack Brennan said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "However, as with most situations of this nature, it would be inappropriate for the team to comment until the matters are resolved through normal legal channels."

Unfortunately, as Reedy notes, Cincinnati leads the league in arrests since 2000, with 35! 

That's not something they'll likely comment on now either, and it might not be anything too surprising (it is the Bengals) but it's still a disturbingly high number of arrests.

The -- somewhat anyway -- good news is that such a run on legal issues isn't a problem that stems out of the lockout and an associated rise in crime (you may recall noted sociologist Ray Lewis' theory on this).

It's a problem that stems specifically from the Bengals organization, and probably why the "national media continues to hammer" them for basically everything.

And much like Cincy suddenly rising up and winning a Super Bowl, change isn't something you should expect to see until there's a systematic overhaul of the franchise.

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

Cedric Benson arrested for assault

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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Posted on: July 16, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2011 5:53 pm

Cincy OC Gruden 'assuming Dalton' is the starter

Posted by Will Brinson

Incumbent Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is currently playing in celebrity golf tournaments, "laying low" and not talking to the media. In other words, he's not backing down from his threat to retire if he's not traded.

And as such, it looks like the Bengals really are moving on without him. Jay Gruden, the new Bengals offensive coordinator, became the second major staff member to all but proclaim Andy Dalton the starter.

"That's a good question," Gruden said when asked if they'd bring in other quarterbacks to compete, per Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson. "We're not going to force-feed anybody. We're assuming Dalton but if Dalton is not quite ready—he's only (23)—then we'll get somebody else ready."

Gruden pointed out that it's "not an easy position" to have to start a rookie (although, hey -- it's still better than rolling with Carson's brother, right Dhani Jones?), but remained confident in Dalton's ability to step in and succeed.

"Guys have [gone with a rookie] and been successful and guys have failed miserably," Gruden said. "It's not an easy position ... it's a unique position for a unique individual and I know we drafted the guy with the right frame of mind and hopefully his ability will prove his worth."

The new OC pointed out that "the way to get better is playing" instead of "sitting on the sidelines making notes on a clipboard."

This is a touch interesting, of course, because Palmer was the prototype for drafting a quarterback early, plopping him on the bench with a clipboard and letting him learn.

If Dalton can't manage to succeed along the complete opposite path, it'll be a painful and obvious comparison for the Bengals to swallow.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 7:34 pm

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We're about to have football for the first time in some four months. And once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, things will move at a blistering pace, starting with free agency.

For quarterback Carson Palmer that means making a decision on his future even though he's still under contract with the Bengals. He threatened to retire earlier this offseason and hasn't shown signs of changing his mind. The problem: Cincy owner Mike Brown, known as much for his willfulness as his frugality, has no plans to trade Palmer. Which means that the two are at an impasse.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer spotted Palmer at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course driving range in advance of the American Century Championship celebrity event, and asked him about his current situation with the Bengals.

Palmer had no comment and told Reedy he is "laying low" until the lockout is resolved.

Part of us wonders if the four months away from the NFL grind (which is no doubt exacerbated by playing in Cincy where the circus is in town every day) has softened Palmer's stance on retirement. With the NFL season not yet officially underway there's no reason to announce now that he'll return to the Bengals, but he's just 31 years old. It's not like he's hobbled by injuries or old age, and presumably he's as competitive as he was when Cincinnati selected him first overall in the 2003 draft.

It's hard to imagine that any player in their prime would bench themselves for an entire season; plenty of them say it but very few actually go through with it.

For now, Palmer's in Tahoe participating in a celebrity golf tournament. And while we'll have to wait to see what happens in the coming days and weeks, this much is certain: Dhani Jones, under no circumstances, wants to see Carson's brother Jordan Palmer under center for the Bengals. Even though, you know, there's no guarantee Cincy will re-sign Jones who, according to one list (feel free to guess which one), is one of the ten best linebackers in the NFL.

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Posted on: July 13, 2011 7:19 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 7:40 pm

National media continue to hammer Bengals

Paul Brown Stadium has been the source of controversy in Cincinnati (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You know things are going bad for your organization when the national media continues to blast you in the middle of the offseason and you have to keep responding in kind.

You remember ESPN The Magazine’s articles about the best franchise in sports? The Bengals finished 122 out of 122.

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal stated that the Hamilton County (Ohio) deal with the Bengals was one of the “worst professional sports deals ever struck by a local government.” The WSJ writes that the cost to Hamilton County taxpayers last year was $34.6 million -- equal to 16.4 percent of the county’s budget.

It was obviously a big “ouch” to a franchise that is certainly not beloved by its fans (because it seems that most of the time, the team doesn’t care much at all about the fans or the county that helped give the Bengals all that stadium money).

From the story:

With a combined estimated cost of $540 million, the stadiums -- one for football's Bengals, the other for baseball's Reds -- were touted by the teams and county officials as a way to generate cash and jobs. The Bengals, who had threatened to relocate if they didn't secure a new home, drove negotiations. And it is that deal -- the more lucrative arrangement struck with the teams -- that has fanned the county's current struggles.

An analysis by The Wall Street Journal shows that of the 23 National Football League stadiums built or renovated between 1992 and 2010, only two involved a single county government willing to shoulder the debt burden necessary to build costly new facilities. Of those 23 deals, the Bengals pact was unusually lopsided in favor of the team and risky for taxpayers -- the result of strained negotiations between a local government and the professional sports team it was anxious to keep.

At its completion in 2000, Paul Brown Stadium had soared over its $280 million budget -- and the fiscal finger-pointing had already begun.

The final cost, depending on whether you believe the Bengals or the county, was between $350 million and $454 million. But a Harvard professor who studies stadium finances puts the number at $555 million when you factor in other expenditures. No stadium in the country has received more money from its home county.

Also, and this is what really pisses off the Cincinnati population, is that the county agreed to pay for most of the operating and capital improvement costs -- which then benefits the franchise and makes the Bengals more money.

Today, on its website, the Bengals responded. Here’s part of the letter written to the Journal by Bengals VP Troy Blackburn:

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s Journal article lost its way when it tried to ascribe blame for municipal finances on the stadium deals, rather than on the real cause: municipal spending on unapproved new projects that lacked funding sources. The stadium story in Cincinnati is an old one dating back decades and Tuesday’s story unfortunately misstated a good bit of that history (like misstating construction costs (which were the same here as elsewhere), misstating lease terms (which were the same here as elsewhere), ignoring that stadium funds are segregated and don’t affect municipal services, or overlooking the state of Ohio’s financial support (which reduced the local funding burden and was akin to what Ohio and Pennsylvania did on other stadium projects)).

However, there was a real story that could have been covered Tuesday -- a story written about before in these pages: what is to be done when municipalities spend money they don’t have and move forward with projects voters didn’t approve (Editors note: this project was, in fact, approved by Hamilton County voters)? We are sorry the Journal missed the real story -- despite our suggestions to the contrary -- but we are confident that the Journal will better focus on the real issue next time -- one that is critical for America’s future.

In the statement, the Bengals also claim the WSJ had a number of misstatements, which they list on the website.

More so than maybe any other team, the Bengals are ready for the lockout to be over. Just so its fans can return to talking about what should be another mediocre Cincinnati squad.

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Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Jones: 'No reason I should have got locked up'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Early this morning, we brought you the unfortunate – yet rather unsurprising – news that Bengals CB Adam Jones had been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

But after he was released from the Hamilton County (Ohio) Justice Center this morning, he told WCPO that he was an innocent man.

"I hadn't been drinking,” he told the TV station. “I was with my wife. It was her birthday. It don't make no sense. There is no reason why I should have got locked up. No reason."

Police said he was rowdy and was asked by bar management to leave the establishment early Sunday morning. Jones allegedly refused and shouted obscenities. The police say he resisted arrest. Jones, who’s in a neck brace while recovering from an injury, says that couldn’t have happened.

“Didn't resist arrest. I'm in a neck brace. How am I resisting arrest?" said Jones. "I just had surgery. So why would I be resisting arrest? It doesn't make sense for me to resist arrest."

Well to be fair, it would make sense to resist arrest if he didn’t, you know, want to be arrested, neck brace or no. Jones is scheduled for arraignment Monday morning, and he offered an apology to Bengals fans.

"The only thing I can do is apologize but it's at the point now where I'm going to take this to another step,” Jones said. “It's ridiculous because like...the only thing I can do is be me and do what I'm supposed to do. But I was not yelling at the police. I did not yell profanities at the police and at the end of the day I'm the one who's the bad guy."

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Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:40 am
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:21 pm

Adam "Pacman" Jones arrested again

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Aside from Titans WR Kenny Britt, which NFL player would least surprise you by getting arrested in this locked out offseason? If you said Bengals CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, you’re absolutely correct.

According to WLWT in Cincinnati, Jones was handcuffed early this morning after he refused to cooperate with police officers at a local bar. WKRC reports Jones has been charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

JonesWitnesses told police that Jones was intoxicated and disruptive. After getting into an argument, he was asked to leave but refused. Police were then called, but still, Jones apparently refused to depart. As officers tried to arrest him, police say Jones tried to slip out of the handcuffs and that it took two officers to restrain him. He was booked into Hamilton County jail about 3 a.m.

You’ll recall that Jones was arrested last year after a case of mistaken identity -- the Cincinnati police actually had to apologize to Jones -- but for a guy whose wages were garnished because of unpaid invoices to a high end car company, you’d think Jones would be more concerned with keeping his job in Cincinnati than in NOT leaving a bar when asked (by police!).

Of course, for a guy who’s been in as much trouble as Jones has been in the past, this latest clash with police is certainly not a surprise. And, once again, he might face a long suspension for his alleged actions. For Jones, who was suspended for the entire 2007 season, that would not be good news.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 4:44 pm

Hot Routes 7.6.11: MJD losing carries already?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Albert Breer of the NFL Network is sitting on the side of the street in New York (like, literally) waiting on lockout-related news. Here's his latest update.
  • SB Nation Atlanta reports that Sean Weatherspoon is going above and beyond what he needs to do during the lockout, getting together with Missouri teammates to workout. I have an unholy amount of love for 'Spoon and I'm hoping it doesn't manifest itself in an ill-advised DPOY pick this preseason.
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