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Pestilence
06-29-2010, 03:26 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5339757

Benson charged; released on bail

AUSTIN, Texas -- Cedric Benson is in trouble with the law again.

An Austin police spokeswoman says the Cincinnati Bengals running back was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Travis County jail where he posted bail and was released. An arrest affidavit says he punched an employee of an Austin bar on May 30 after being kicked out for getting into an altercation with another patron.

In 2008, Benson was arrested twice in a month on alcohol charges. While in college at the University of Texas, he pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal trespassing for forcing his way into an apartment to find a television he said was stolen from him.

According to the affidavit, details of which were published by the Austin American-Statesman, Benson was fighting with an unknown person in the bar when he was separated by club personnel. Benson allegedly shoved the bar's manager in order to continue the fight and spit blood, which was coming from his injured lip, at another employee.

Benson refused to leave when asked by employees and was escorted out of the bar, the affidavit said, according to the newspaper. When the bar's staff tried to prevent Benson from re-entering the establishment, the running back punched an employee's face "with his right fist to the left side", the affidavit said, according to the newspaper.

According to the newspaper, Benson faces up to a year in jail if convicted of the offense, which is misdemeanor.

The 27-year-old Benson enjoyed the best season of his career in 2009, rushing for 1,251 yards with six touchdowns, helping the Bengals win the AFC North.

Benson was the Chicago Bears' first-round pick and the fourth overall in the 2005 draft, but didn't pan out and was released in 2008 following two arrests in Texas involving alcohol. The cases were dropped when grand juries decided not to indict Benson, who was out of football.

He has been with the Bengals since 2008.

chiefzilla1501
06-29-2010, 03:28 PM
Good.

Fuck the Bengals. I was getting sick and tired of fans calling them geniuses for their strategy of trying to "reform" scumbags.

Their genius strategy is probably going to lead to Benson and Maualuga missing some significant time, and I can't imagine this is even close to the last off-the-field issue we'll see this season from Cincy.

sedated
06-29-2010, 03:30 PM
wonder if they miss LJ now

blaise
06-29-2010, 03:31 PM
Those UT guys seem to have a hard time growing up beyond Austin.

Kerberos
06-29-2010, 03:40 PM
wonder if they miss LJ now

I was just thinking the same thing... "bet they regret letting LJ go now"

chefsos
06-29-2010, 04:20 PM
GEEZ, WHAT AN IDIOT! HE'S...oh, wait. I'm not surprised at all.

Baconeater
06-29-2010, 04:29 PM
Gee, what a surprise, an athlete getting in trouble in a bar. Dumbass better do some jail time over this.

Detoxing
06-29-2010, 04:44 PM
There goes that pretty new contract.

stevieray
06-29-2010, 04:51 PM
you talkin to me?


I don't get it..you're in the NFL..what do you have to prove?

lostcause
06-29-2010, 04:54 PM
He and Jamaal Charles are the driving forces of two of my dynasty leagues... A suspension would be devastating.