Cedric Benson’s attorney has issued a statement on his recent arrest for an altercation in an Austin, TX nightclub on May 30th. The statement was posted by NFP, and can be seen here. Here’s the body of the statement, which gives Benson’s side of the story:
Late last month at a nightclub, Cedric Benson was asked to take pictures with some female fans. A man approached Cedric and objected to him posing for pictures with the women. Cedric explained that he had been asked to pose with the women and the man punched Cedric. An altercation followed and while Cedric was leaving the club, he was approached by another man aggressively. Believing this man was a friend of the man who had punched him; Cedric attempted to protect himself and continued out of the club. Immediately upon leaving the club, Cedric called the police. He was interviewed by the police and left the area.
Two weeks ago while he was in Cincinnati, Cedric was contacted by a detective investigating the incident in Texas. Apparently, the second man who approached Cedric is an employee of the night club and claimed that Cedric punched him.
Cedric agreed to be interviewed upon his return to Texas and provided his return date. Cedric was not contacted by the detective upon his return. This morning Cedric received a telephone call advising him that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Cedric voluntarily made himself available, was taken into custody, and was released earlier today after posting bond.
Upon his release, Cedric contacted Coach Marvin Lewis and the Commissioner’s office to notify the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL of these events. Though we adamantly dispute that Cedric committed a crime, Cedric will continue to cooperate with law enforcement, the Bengals and the NFL in their investigation of these events.
Wm. David Cornwell, Sr.
While its too early to proclaim guilt or innocence here, it definitely appears as though there’s much more to the story than just what came out yesterday.
This comes on the heels of a PFT report that ESPN commentator Ric Bucher, a Cincinnati native, called out the Queen City cops for profiling Cincinnati athletes this morning.
”The relationship in Cincinnati between the police and the professional athletes is challenging, I would say,” Bucher said. “I believe there is a little bit of targeting that goes on there.”
Whether the police are actually targeting Bengals or not, players need to conduct their daily business as if they have a target on their backs. As millionaires with so much to lose, these players should be extra cautious and know how to keep their emotions in check. One has to expect that, as a rich professional athlete, there will be predators looking for a payday at their expense no matter where they go. This includes men looking for a check for “assault”, gold-digging women ready to claim a rape or pregnancy, and police officers looking to make a name for themselves. There’s just too much at stake as a pro athlete to let these things happen.
There will always be those players that do wrong and are justly given the consequences. For the rest of the league’s players staying out of dangerous situations has to be more a priority–for their own sake.