Ranking the Cincinnati Bengals Arrests

They’ve had so many of them I just figured it was about time to have a little fun with their arrests. Without further ado, here’s a list of the Bengals’ finest, from best to worst.

  1. Chris Henry (June 14th, ’06) – providing alcohol to three underaged females, but did he score?
  2. Chris Henry (Jan. 28th, ’06) – possession of a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of firearm, aggravated assault with firearm, that’s a lot of firearm action
  3. A.J. Nicholson (June 3rd, ’06) – burglary, vandalism, grant theft, *bonus points for stealing electronics from a teammate, that’s not easy
  4. Frostee Rucker (June 21st, ’06) – vandalism, spousal battery, just don’t beat up that blackberry
  5. Reggie McNeal (Dec. 3rd, ’06) – resisting arrest and drug possession, always fun to catch the cops with an elbow to the chest
  6. Eric Steinbach (Aug. 5th, ’06) – boating under the influence, admit it, you didn’t even know that counted
  7. A.J. Nicholson (May 18th, ’06) – domestic violence, he restarted the streak after they had gone four months in between arrests
  8. Chris Henry (June 3rd, ’06) – DUI, 0.092, I’d blow that from a sip of Manischweitz
  9. Odell Thurman (Sept. 25th, ’06) – drunken driving, a 0.18, but he was more sober than Chris Henry or Reggie McNeal, so it’s all good
  10. Deltha O’Neal (Dec. 9th, ’06) – DWI, come on a 0.10 shouldn’t even count
  11. Matthias Askew (July 22nd, ’06) – disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, failure to comply with police officer’s order, obstructing justice, kinda boring
  12. Chris Henry (Dec. 15 ’05) – weed possession, just kids being kids
  13. Quincy Wilson (June 17, ’07) – disorderly conduct, kind of weak, but cool that the bride and groom were arrested too

Marvin Lewis Is an Enabler

Sure, I’m one to forgive, but I don’t forget. And I don’t forget what Marvin Lewis initially said before he apologized. Lewis first said this on the Dan Patrick Show:

I think there’s profiling, no question,” Lewis said on the show. “We’re (Cincinnati) a small place – our guys stand out, and they know that, and you’ve got to do things the right way. But when you are arrested for, or you are pulled over for, not putting on your turn signal, there’s something wrong there.

“Many people make right turns without putting on their turn signals and it’s unfortunate that we’ve had a guy that’s pulled over for not putting on his turn signal.”

Later he apologized after he realized the ramifications of his remark. But you know what that signifies to me? It signifies to me that Marvin Lewis is on the side of his players who have committed several crimes — no matter how big or small they have been. Everybody knows the law. Everyone who drives a car knows that they have the potential to be ticketed for even the slightest offense. Anyone can be ticketed for hanging something on their rear-view mirror, making a rolling stop, and not putting their turn signal on. If I get a ticket for one of those petty offenses, it is not an issue of racial profiling. Rather, it is an issue of the police strictly enforcing what appears to be an insignificant rule. It is well within their right to do so.

But for Marvin Lewis to make an excuse, and blame the Cincinnati police department for picking on his players is simply wrong. Marvin Lewis has shown me his true colors, and he has shown me that he is enabling the poor off-field behavior of his players. Yes, it was easy for Lewis to take action when the delinquent men in question were non-roster players like A.J. Nicholson and Matthias Askew. But when it’s someone valuable like Chris Henry or Odell Thurman, he is slow to discipline. And to make matters worse, he makes an excuse for his players. Everyone keeps wondering why there has been a negative spiral of attention associated with the Bengals over the past two seasons. Well, now it appears as if we don’t need to look any further than their head coach as the reason why.

Bengals WR Chris Henry in Trouble, Again, Sun Still Sets in the West

This is getting sickening but must be addressed. As passed along by commenter JS, Bengals WR Chris Henry is having legal problems, again (although this time they are on a considerably minor scale compared to some of his past issues). Chris Henry could be spending time in a Kentucky jail for three traffic violations.

Henry was ticketed March 21 in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine for driving on a suspended license, not wearing a seat belt and not using a turn signal.

Chief prosecutor Ken Easterling of the Kenton County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday a conviction on those charges would be enough to revoke Henry’s Kenton County probation and send him back to jail to serve the rest of his 90-day sentence.

These chargers are nothing compared to what else is on Henry’s rapsheet, but once you establish a pattern of behavior, the ninth strike is sometimes enough to do you in for good.

Or so says commish Roger Goodell

Goodell said some disciplinary hearings already are scheduled for next week in New York. Henry and his former West Virginia college teammate, Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, are believed to be among the players who will appear.

What is it with these West Virginia cooks?

I’m not even going to bother listing the Bengals problems over the past year, I’ll let you read about em here if you choose.

I also don’t have the energy to explain why this sort of behavior has made me embarrassed and ashamed to be a Bengals fan. You can read my explanation at my old blog on foxsports.com here. In case you were wondering, I’ve stayed true to my word. I couldn’t tell you the last time I wore any of the Bengals shirts or jerseys that I own — and that my friends, is truly disappointing.