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At last, Bengals do the right thing

Posted on: April 3, 2008 1:17 pm
Let's hear it for the Cincinnati Bengals. Cutting Chris Henry was not only the right thing to do; it was the only thing to do. I was at the team's training camp a year ago when I suggested releasing the guy to coach Marvin Lewis. My point: Why put up with a serial lawbreaker? All he does is disrupt the team and bring trouble to a locker room that can't handle it. Lewis' reply was that Henry had been punished and that the club wanted to see what it had after he returned from a half-year suspension. Well, it saw all right. Chris Henry is the same guy he was last year and the year before that and the year before that. He's trouble, and until or unless the league gets rid of idiots like him it's going to continue to have an image problem. Maybe someone should tell Dallas he's available. The Cowboys were interested in Pacman Jones. Hey, they get Jones and Henry, and they can resurrect the White House for old times sake. I like what Cincinnati owner Mike Brown said of Henry: "His conduct can no longer be tolerated." My question: When could it ever be tolerated? The Bengals go to the head of the class for today's action. I just don't understand why it took them so long to get there.
Category: NFL

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 1:32 pm

At last, Bengals do the right thing

I would have thought he learned his lesson the first time he was arrested, or when he was suspended for half a season.  How many second chances does one guy deserve?

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 12:39 pm

Henry is not a smart man but...

There is no doubt that Chris Henry is an idiot, but this is not good timing at all for a situation like this. Especially since Chad Johnson is acting the way he has been publicly, it makes you think how much of an impact the wide receivers will have for the Bengals this season. After all it was a team strength. At least with Henry you know you were going to get a player who was going to play hard. Now you have Chad Johnson and TJ as receivers which does sound good, but at the same time you have to wonder how much effort you are going to get from Chad. You could see a Randy Moss in Oakland type of situation. He will also be a huge virus in the locker room with nothing to remedy. The Bengals have good players, but way too many egos. It would be in their best interest to make a move for a player who believes that the franchise is going in the right direction.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 11:46 am

At last, Bengals do the right thing

Maybe, Michael Irvin could give him a tour of Dallas' crack houses and make him feel at home!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 11:36 am

At last, Bengals do the right thing

Be carefule keep talking and coming up with ideas like that and Jerry Jones might just offer you a job as Director of non-football operations. 

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 11:31 am

At last, Bengals do the right thing

They definitely will... Jerry Jones and Al Davis are both owners who know how to deal with troubled players and get them on the right track. Kraft-Brady-Belichick & Co. are also good at this (see Corey dillon and Randy Moss, even though Moss was not that bad).

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2008 10:52 am

At last, Bengals do the right thing

A couple of observations:

1) Whoever said that the only people worth looking up to are Republicans and Christians needs to check the news once in a while.  Wasn't it some Republican in Florida that was soliciting Congressional pages for sex?  Don't we hear about Christians ministers/pastors/priests swindling their congregations and having illicit sex all the time?  At this point I may be more ready to look up to Hindus and Communists.

2) I would remind dirkrod that Henry hit an 18-year-old kid - freshman in college. Being from Cincinnati, I can tell you that the Clifton area of town is a pretty easy place to get into trouble.  You don't go there unless you're a college student or college-aged or a local.  The area is on the rise, but it is still a relatively seedy area.  Henry has already been in trouble for supplying high school aged kids with alcohol, and now he is picking fights with kids barely out of high school?  As a 24-year-old professional football player, I'd hope you could either find a more worthy adversary or take your frustrations out on the field.

I'm a huge Bengals fan and was hoping for Chris Henry to turn the corner.  I could give a crap about parking tickets or driving violations, but this is something else entirely.  I'm glad that Mike Brown and the Bengals took a firm and immediate stance on this one.  Our national image has been tarnished enough over the last couple of years.

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 10:40 am

At last, Bengals do the right thing

I'm not sure what you do with your life or who you hang out with but none of what you mention applies to me.  I really doubt 60% of the population has been arrested as you suggest.  How many chances would you give the guy?  If you owned a company that relied on public opinion for it's business would you hire him?  Plain and simple the guy is a moron and will probably be bankrupt in 5 years with a bunch of bad debt and children for the taxpayers to take care of.  People need to be held accountable for their actions.

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 9:49 am

At last, Bengals do the right thing

dirkrod, you are way off base on this. This is in no way a race issue!!! Chris Henry has repeatedly screwed up and if he wasn't a premiere athlete he would have been in prison by now. His athletic gifts have allowed him the opportunity to make a lot of money and he blew it. It doesn't matter who is breaking the rules they should be punished. The only thing I agree with in your post is that Belichek did hurt the image of game, but I would call a half million dollars a pretty hefty punishment for doing something that was against the rules of the NFL, but not against the law. You need to stop trying to insinuate that every time a person of color get punished for breaking the law that it is a race issue. It is not! That being said, I believe the Bengals did the right thing and Chris Henry should be banned from the league for several years at the very least. Let him have to work at a real job struggling to make enough to pay his bills and keep gas in his car for a while and then maybe he will appreciate how good he had it. PacMan Jones needs to be banned as well. The conduct of these 2 players has been atrocious at best and they need to be punished. Maybe, their momma's should have beat their backsides more often when they were little to tach them how to play by the rules.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2008 8:54 am

At last, Bengals do the right thing

all you clowns have got the guy guilty alreadt , what happened too innocent unil proving guilty. Not when it comes to black athletes it ios funny how this country is .If Charles barkley played in the NFL he would be banned for life but he said it best when he said if people in the strret bother or harass him he would hit them. No one knows why henry punched this guy but considering the climate there is a good chance guy mouth off. And as for Roger Goodell if I were Pacman I would sue him for denying him the right to earn a living. All these new policies are designed against young blacks who happen to dominate all sports these days. Goodall full of shit because Belicihek did more than any player to hurt the league but Kraft swings a big stick now so nothing big came of it. Double standard or what

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2008 7:54 am

At last, Bengals do the right thing

Well i don't know the entire story. But, if it's possible the cowboys will probably try him. I'm a cowboys fan and we are able to turn more people around then anybody else

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