No other details were available regarding the Class A misdemeanor charge from the Travis County sheriff’s office. Benson will be a free agent once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place.
Benson’s lawyer, Sam Bassett, released a statement Sunday stating that the incident involved a “former male roommate.”
“Mr. Benson has been charged with misdemeanor assault arising out of a conflict with a former male roommate.
The two had difficulties resulting from Mr. Benson asking the former male roommate to leave his home a few days prior to this incident. The conflict became physical early this morning and we intend to fully investigate. There is not enough information available at this time for further comment. Thank you.”
The former University of Texas rusher, set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the lockout, was previously arrested last June in Austin and charged with assault following a Memorial Day weekend bar dispute.
“The team is aware of the incident,” Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “However, as with most situations of this nature, it would (be) inappropriate for the team to comment until the matter is resolved through normal legal channels.”