Pro Football: Former Bear Cedric Benson arrested again

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

In 2005, the Chicago Bears used the fourth overall pick of the draft to select running back Cedric Benson. Some fans, sports writers, radio talk show hosts and armchair quarterbacks believe that was the biggest draft bust in Bears’ history.

Benson never lived up to his potential, and on June 9, 2008, following his second alcohol-related arrest in five weeks, the Bears released him. Since then, he has been a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

It looks as though Benson has reverted back to his old ways. Last Sunday, July 17, Benson was arrested again. This time, he was in Texas. He was charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member, according to multiple media reports. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, said in a statement, published by the Associated Press, that 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.

Benson, 28, is also facing an assault trial Aug. 29 after being accused of punching a bar employee in Austin, Texas. Sunday’s arrest marks Benson’s sixth arrest, and his fourth since 2008 alone. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who did not discipline Benson for the last arrest, has said players can still be disciplined under the personal conduct policy for potential violations during the lockout.

Benson becomes the third Bengals player arrested in just over a week.

Last Thursday, July 14, safety Marvin White was taken into custody after an incident at a day care center in Louisiana. He faces simple assault and disturbing the peace charges.

Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested July 10 after an alleged confrontation with police at a Cincinnati bar. Jones is charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

I’ve written it before and I’m sure I’ll have to again, what is up with these guys? Just because you’re overpaid and overprivileged athletes doesn’t give you a pass to act like idiots. It’s time to man up, grow up and stop getting drunk and disorderly and trying to beat the snot out of everyone who looks sideways at you or even in your direction.

The odds of that happening anytime soon have to be relatively low. That’s bad news for the general public, but good news for me. It assures I’ll continue to have material for a long time to come.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the July 20-26, 2011 issue

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