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Henry change of heart

Posted on: August 19, 2008 9:03 pm

It's okay to be a problem player in the NFL on one condition: A team needs you.

That's the message the Cincinnati Bengals sent Tuesday when they re-signed troubled receiver Chris Henry, he of an arrest record that is more of a scroll than a Post-it note.

The Bengals are without Pro Bowl receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh because of injuries, which is why they brought Henry back.

Even so, the move is somewhat stunning considering what coach Marvin Lewis said in June when asked if Henry might come back.

"I don't think it would be productive for our football team," Lewis said. "You have to be a productive part to be an NFL player, and there's responsibilities to being an NFL player. It's a privilege. It's not a right. There's a lot that comes with being an NFL football player."

Henry is suspended for the first four games of the season for his latest arrest in March for punching a college student and breaking his car window with a beer bottle. His trial ended in a mistrial and the charges were dropped.

Even so, he faces the four-game suspension, the third of his career. None of that matters, though. The Bengals need Henry. Character be damned.


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Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2008 2:28 am

Henry change of heart

I think the Bengals should have quite a sense of Deja Vu right now. The main difference between this year and last year is that at least watson and perry might be able to help the ground game, I would like to see Rudi back and it will be interesting to see how this hamstring thing will play out and if it will be like last season. Either way the defense still needs a lot of help and there is no doubt the bengals will throw a ton, Henry has shown he has the talent to give the production but certainly the bengals did the right thing by cutting ties with him, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2008 9:40 pm

Henry change of heart

Where do you come off saying the Bengals and Chris Henry are like the Ravens and Ray Lewis? Exactly how valuable was Henry even before the series of arrests and suspensions? Valuable enough to be the third receiver, and nothing more. Lewis is the captain of his defense, a true leader, and he motivates his team. Where do you see that in Henry? Unless, of course, your definition of value is skewed and blurred, then you can't compare Chris Henry to Ray Lewis with a straight face.

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2008 3:46 pm

Henry change of heart

Hey now, nobody said that the charges were dropped because he didn't actually punch a guy and break his car window.  He got lucky with a mistrial.  And talking about Chris Henry has nothing to do with being has to do with this guy's rap sheet, which, at the moment, is longer than his stat sheet.

Even as a Ravens fan, I hope this guy can get his head out of his ass long enough to play some football.  I'm a football fan most of all, and I hate seeing guys with talent like this waste it on acts of idiocy.  My team has signed some boneheads too -- it makes me cringe when any team does it.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2008 12:31 pm

Henry change of heart

I am on the fence on bringing Henry back again. However, I agree with another poster who said if another team signs him (like dallas), then it would have been a great move. What ever happened to having to prove guilt before someone is punished? Henry did make too many bad decisions, but there are others like Jarrad Allen who made bad decisions (2 Dui convictions) who were not penalized as sharply. The lineman from New England has yet to be punished and he was guilty. There just seems to be a lot of  inconsistency by Goodell's office. Anyone can file a complaint against someone in this world and then that person is arrested. Next is where the court system is supposed to take over and determine guilt or innocence. In my opinion, accussationa are just that until proven. If they can'y be proven, then the person is innocent.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2008 3:34 am

Henry change of heart

HAHA, touche. I love how the Bengals are the only team everyone expects to pretend that they care about something other than talent and on the field performance. The Bengals are the league's whipping boy and if Henry would have signed with anyone else they would be praised for taking a chance on his talent after his latest charges were dropped. I hope Henry can finally get his head right long enough to maximize his potential on the field and make all these holier-than-thou haters eat their words.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2008 1:00 am

Henry change of heart

Yes, the Bengals need Chris Henry, like the Ravens need Ray Lewis.

Except nobody died.

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