Profootballtalk.com is reporting through a league source that Bengals RB Cedric Benson will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday regarding his June 29th arrest for allegedly assaulting a night club employee in Texas.
The PFT article contends that Benson may be looking at a suspension as a “repeat offender” of the league’s personal conduct policy, since he was arrested three times while with the Bears. The article also states that Benson did not properly report the incident to the Bengals and the league within what’s considered an acceptable amount of time.
However, Benson was never indicted on the previous arrests while a member of the Chicago Bears, and those incidents were all from 2008 or prior. As for this incident, the Bengals were advised immediately according to head coach Marvin Lewis, and presumably then the league was as well.
Benson contends that he was the victim of the altercation, with a club employee taking umbrage with Benson for posing for pictures with groups of women and “sucker-punched” him first. At the time of the arrest, Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett said Cedric “looks forward to telling his side of the story at the appropriate time.”
Thursday looks to be the appropriate time.