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Bengals lead league in arrests, no-comment Benson

Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 2:07 pm
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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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:08 pm

Bengals lead league in arrests, no-comment Benson

But nothing is said about Kenny Britt being arrested 4 times since the Super Bowl.  He has been arrested 6 times in the last 18 months.  At least Chris Henry, also arrested 6 times, spread that over 27 month's.  Since 2000, the Bengals led the league in arrest 2 times, once in 2000 with 6 and in 2006 season with 10.  Again nothing is said about the Minnesota Vicking leading the league 3 straight yrs from 2003 - 2005 with 4, 4, and 8.  In that same time frame the Vikings have 33 arrests and Denver and Tennessee have 30 each.  Adam jones, who just got arrested for the 1st time with the bengals and still yet to be heard in court, was arrested 6 times as a Titan and fellow jail bird britt with 6 are the top 2 offenders along with Henry.  Since 2008, Tennessee (13) and Denver (12) had more arrest than the Bengals.  During the same time frame the Colts and Redskins have the same arrests as the Bengals with 9.  Anybody talk about the Colts players that got arrested and outside of Haynsworth, has anybody made a fuss about the other Redskins (4) that got arrested?  Does anyone talk about the Saints having the most arrest the yr after they won a super bowl?  Actually the Vikings and bengals are tied with 33 arrests since Benson and White are not Bengals at the time of arrests last week.  They are FA and have no offical team in the NF, so really you can not add them to this list at all, since they do not have a contract when the CBA is agreed upon.  Another thing I noticed about this list is the fact that Ben the female groper was not listed under Pitsburgh arrests.  Why is this, he was arrested or did he just miss the 1st part of last yr because he was hurt?   Nobody talks about the AFC West teams.  Between them Denver (30), KC (26), S.D. (25) and Oakland (15) lead divisional arrests with 96 since 2000.  Only team there that gets a thug rap is Oakland and they have the least of thier divisional arrest.  It is time to stop sterotyping these teams and start looking at teams we think are clean, but are not.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:37 pm

Bengals lead league in arrests, no-comment Benson

As long as Mike Brown owns this team my Bengals will always be the Joke of the NFL. The worst and most pathetic owner in all pro sports. It sucks for fans of teams to have owners that care about just money, not winning.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:34 pm

Bengals lead league in arrests, no-comment Benson

Cheer up, Bengals fans: at least you aren't the "bad boys of the league" anymore, as of course everyone knows that this distinction goes to the out of control maniacs on the Pittsburgh Steelers squad (which, according to Mike Freeman, includes the practice squad). After all, assault charges are minor compared to, say, controversial interviews, politically unpopular comments "tweeted" on the internet, and let's not forget, well publicized bathroom BJ's that do not constitute any sort of criminal activity. Boy, I would give up those Super Bowl memories in heartbeat, if, as a Steeler fan, I could look up to my team as the paragons of moral virtue that are the Bengals.

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