Cedric Benson Turns Himself in to Begin Sentence, Will Not Wait Until Bye Week

Cedric Benson is going to jail.  Until Tuesday night, there was just some question as to when.  Blogs were buzzing all day Tuesday with information that Benson had agreed to serve a 20-day sentence and would do so during the Bengals’ bye week later this season.  In a rapid change of events, Benson turned himself in Tuesday night at the Travis County Jail at around 11 p.m.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, good behavior would allow Benson to serve only seven days for the assault incident that occurred back in 2010.  If all goes to plan, Benson would be released by Sept. 6 at the latest and would be back with the Bengals in time to preapre for their Sept. 11 season opener at Cleveland.

Now that he has to serve actual jail time, it will be fun to see if Benson can somehow manage to keep himself out of trouble.  We know it is never his fault — as his July 2011 case has been dismissed — but the Bengals running back always finds his name in news headlines for the wrong reasons.  Will a minimum of seven days in the slammer be enough to straighten Cedric out?  Stay tuned for the next season of Hard Knocks: the Life of Cedric Benson.

Cedric Benson Allegedly Bloodied Ex-Roommate Clavens Charles’ Face to a Pulp

Running back Cedric Benson was charged with beating up his ex-roommate, Clavens Charles, last weekend. We can’t confirm who’s responsible for the beat down, but we can confirm through this picture that Charles had his face rearranged:

Benson’s attorney says the running back was provoked and that he’s being extorted. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little sick of hearing how Benson is the victim in every single incident in which he’s a part. You know, like his bar fight and drunken boating episode. Oh yeah, and I’m sure the little devil guy dressed as Satan sitting on top of Benson’s right shoulder forced him to drink and drive back in ’08, right? Damn, too bad he was the target of bottle of whiskey trying to extort him that night.

Marvin Lewis: Benson Got Sucker-Punched

Marvin Lewis is aware of the reputation his team has built when it comes to legal trouble. As the Bengals’ head coach, it’s in his best interest to try to clear the air on some of the issues surrounding his players when he has an opportunity. According to ProFootballTalk, Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer that his running back, Cedric Benson, was not responsible for the bar fight that lead to his arrest back in May. Here are Lewis’ comments about the incident, via ProFootballTalk:

The truth about Cedric is that he got sucker-punched in a bar,” said Lewis, who’s overwhelmingly confident that he’s accurately received all the facts from Benson’s late-May assault charge. “Cedric got attacked in a bar. Only because it was Cedric Benson does it become news. I think that’s something you have to understand.”

“I don’t know why we’re even talking about Cedric being suspended a game,” Lewis added. “I don’t even know why we’re bringing it up. To me it’s unbelievable. It wouldn’t be brought up in 31 other cities in the country I think.”

Maybe Benson really wasn’t at fault, but let’s not play dumb here. Saying it wouldn’t be brought up in 31 other cities is an exaggeration since the media feasts upon these types of stories. We’re talking about him being suspended because the bar fight arrest marked the fifth time he’s been booked in his life. Forgive everyone for assuming he’s guilty until proven innocent. I like Marvin Lewis and I have no problem with a coach going to bat for his players, but don’t act like the media is blowing things out of proportion when one of those players averages about an arrest per year.

Marvin Lewis goes to bat for Benson [ProFootballTalk]

Cedric Benson Arrested for Assault

When the Cincinnati Bengals acquired Cedric Benson two years ago, they knew they were taking a risk.  After showing some promise, he was released by the Chicago Bears following arrests for driving a boat while drunk and then drunk driving, both over a short time span.  The Bengals are certainly no strangers to hosting players who have been in legal trouble, so they probably figured it couldn’t hurt.

Now, they have to deal with another player who has been arrested.  Benson was arrested for assault in Austin, Texas for an incident that occurred on May 30th during which he allegedly punched a bar employee in the face, proving once again that he’s incapable of staying out of trouble.

The Bengals signed the running back to a two-year deal worth $7 million after he proved he has plenty left in the tank when he came to them in 2008.  Ironically, he was openly seeking a new deal a little over a week ago.  Considering he’s only 27, the Bengals said they were open to discussing a new deal at the time.  I’m going to go ahead and assume Cedric knew something was going to come of the bar incident and wanted to lock up a new deal before anyone found out.  Smart businessman.  However, he can certainly forget about any type of lucrative contract for the time being.

Cedric Benson busted for assault [Pro Football Talk]

Cedric Benson Continues to Repair Image

I actually was beginning to feel sorry for Cedric Benson given the way he responded to the arrest for drunken boating not long ago. After hearing the comments his mother and some of the witnesses made, I was buying Benson’s side of the story. Even if you didn’t believe completely buy Benson’s side, there still had to be some doubt in your mind. Well, how did Benson respond to garnering some sympathy for saying he was abused by the police? By going out and getting a drunken driving arrest, of course!

Benson has done his usual job of covering things up, naturally. He refused a blood test and breathalyzer and was released on bond (taking notes, gentlemen?). He said he wasn’t drunk or driving impaired and that he crossed an intersection while the light was yellow. He had an answer for everything. But my favorite quote, and the one that sums things up best, comes from Bears GM Jerry Angelo who said, “Disappointment is too much an often-used word when we’re talking about Cedric. The No. 1 lesson for every player is: Protect your job. We’re all held accountable for our actions. I’m not going to say any more than that until we know for sure what the facts are.” No more facts are needed to come to the conclusion Angelo did. Benson is just one big disappointment. Guy needs to lay off the booze and get prepped for the season. Man, is there any wonder why he’s not exactly a favorite amongst his teammates?