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Cedric Benson could be in big trouble if he didn't report "incident"

24082237_240X180.jpgBengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested today for an incident that occurred, allegedly, 30 days ago.

And while the NFL and the Bengals necessarily know about the arrest, given the widespread publicity it has received, it remains to be seen whether the league and/or the team knew about the incident that gave rise to Benson’s cruise in the back of a cruiser.

The Personal Conduct Policy contains clear language regarding the obligations of a player who potentially commits a violation:  “The League must be advised promptly of any incident that may be a violation of this policy, and particularly when any conduct results in an arrest or other criminal charge.  Players and club employees must report any such incident to the club, which must then report it to NFL Security at (800) NFL-XXXX.  Failure to report an incident will constitute conduct detrimental and will be taken into consideration in making disciplinary determination under this policy.  Clubs are also required to report incidents that come to their attention.”

The two questions as to Benson become, first, whether he reported the incident to the Bengals and, second, whether the Bengals reported the incident to the NFL.

Given that Benson’s agents reportedly had been trying to get Cedric a new contract, our guess is that Benson told no one about the situation (including his agents), and that he assumed/hoped/prayed nothing would come of it.

So is it fair to impose enhanced penalties on Benson if he simply thought it was a minor skirmish that would blow over?  Given the language of the Personal Conduct Policy, yes.

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57 Responses to “Cedric Benson could be in big trouble if he didn't report "incident"”
  1. Stillerz says: Jun 29, 2010 1:07 PM

    Typical Bengal, getting himself in trouble then thinking hes above the system.
    6-10 in 2010

  2. thegoldengod says: Jun 29, 2010 1:07 PM

    Thug Life.

  3. digitalbath says: Jun 29, 2010 1:07 PM

    ouch!!

  4. CJ says: Jun 29, 2010 1:09 PM

    So is it 800-NFL-FINE or 800-NFL-JAIL?
    Inquiring minds want to know these things.

  5. TheBengal13 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:10 PM

    Wow. This is getting ugly fast. I bet he’s looking at 4 games. Not good for the Bengals. Good thing that decent RB’s are a dime a dozen for the most part–Bernard Scott and someone else will have to tow the line for the first month, it seems.

  6. dafool99 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:12 PM

    Let me get this straight… You want someone to snitch on themselves when they get in trouble. Roger go to hell!!!

  7. Nogard13 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:12 PM

    This guy is getting a nice 4-week vacation, to be sure. Looks like the Bengals will have to rely on Bernard Scott for the first 4 weeks of the season.

  8. Burning River says: Jun 29, 2010 1:12 PM

    Take the year off, Cedric. You earned it…

  9. T A P says: Jun 29, 2010 1:12 PM

    Or he reported it to the Bengals (which is why the new deal hasn’t happened) and they reported it to the league. My guess is that if that is the case, neither the Bengals or the league would be jumping to make the news public. Thus, once again, we all go for a ride on Florio’s speculation train. What a bum.

  10. Kaz says: Jun 29, 2010 1:12 PM

    In this day in age why did it take 30 days to come out? With TMZ, camera phones, it being in a public place with witnesses, etc it likely would have been out by now. That night. Something is fishy about this story. We’ll see how it all plays out.

  11. 90ragtop says: Jun 29, 2010 1:13 PM

    “So is it fair to impose enhanced penalties on Benson if he simply thought it was a minor skirmish that would blow over?”
    ************
    Ooops. I forgot armed robbery was illegal. My bad.

  12. ADogDC says: Jun 29, 2010 1:17 PM

    WTF?? It wasn’t a violation until today when he got arrested…….Reread the qouted context….
    Babe Ruth is somewhere in the skies thanking GOD you wasn’t born yet and covering baseball…..
    You are the freakin Ned Flanders…..

  13. msnyder275 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:17 PM

    Cinci fans now understand why Chicago fans scoffed at their CedBen taunting.
    Long and short, CedBen remains a DumAs.

  14. Spungy says: Jun 29, 2010 1:17 PM

    Quick, get Larry Johnson back on the phone. UGH!

  15. theroc5156 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:18 PM

    Typical Bengal, getting himself in trouble then thinking hes above the system.
    6-10 in 2010
    __________________________________
    You must have the Steelers at 4-12 then without the Rapist.

  16. Flaccodelic says: Jun 29, 2010 1:19 PM

    # Stillerz says: June 29, 2010 1:07 PM
    Typical Bengal, getting himself in trouble then thinking hes above the system.
    6-10 in 2010

    They call that move “The Roethlisberger”

  17. WhodeyTN says: Jun 29, 2010 1:20 PM

    Hey Stillerz, I don’t think you can talk about players getting into trouble anymore. Stupid actions by Benson, but I’ll wait to see what exactly happened. Why did it take a month to have the incident reported?

  18. BengalsDouche2 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:20 PM

    Yeah he’s out for 4 games at least. Although I don’t want to hear shit from any Steeler fans. This is nothing compared to your fearless leader the rapist. I’d rather have a dude goin around punching bartenders than a dude goin around banging drunk college chicks against their will in a dirty bathroom while his police officer body guards stand guard. Get off it. We’ll still roll you guys this year.

  19. I Know More Football Than You says: Jun 29, 2010 1:21 PM

    I’m not sure if Thug Life really applies. And, I’m not sure that he thought he was above the law…or he would have probably told and then carry on as though he did nothing.

  20. clevefan4life says: Jun 29, 2010 1:25 PM

    From now on they need to suspend these A-holes 4 games w/o pay for 1st offense, a year for 2nd offense and a lifetime ban after that. This is rediculous. There was a post earlier about getting kids to go to games, hell, at this point I don’t even want my kid watching a game. Just so he can see a bunch of criminals who got away with shit. Look at baseball, for testing positive for steroids it’s automatically 50 games. Grow a pair Goodell.

  21. Thomas Paquette says: Jun 29, 2010 1:26 PM

    Quite honestly this may be a blessing in disguise for the Bengals. For Bengals fans think about it, Mike Brown now has an excuse to lowball the guy and ultimately get him for a lower price and we now also have the opportunity to open up the passing game to start the season since Bernard is a much better option receiving wise coming out of the backfield. Sure we may lose a little in the running game but clearly to succeed in the NFL you MUST pass the ball. With that said this guy needs to have a hell of a season if the Bengals can make it all the way because you can’t be one dimensional (see Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Eagles too name a few).

  22. PAJoe says: Jun 29, 2010 1:28 PM

    This long off season isn’t good for the NFL, these low life thugs have nothing to do but go clubbing and spend their millions! And most Americans are struggling with this recession, maybe we should stop buying the crap they sell!! Let’s hope the bartender gets a nice payday out of this!!

  23. WhoDeySood5 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:28 PM

    good thing we are stacked and ready to beat some ass again this year….he’ll be fine, this is a non-issue. Atleast he’s just punching nerds, not raping chicks or killing people or drunk driving …..Cue the haters!

  24. js136202 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:29 PM

    Stealers QB suspended for 6 games for raping a girl in a bathroom stall, their best offensive lineman went down for the season with an injury, their best WR got traded for a can of Cheez Wiz, and their coach is in purgatory bc they don’t know if they actually want him or not.
    The Bengals offensive MVP last year got arrested and will face suspension (he has a criminal history). Their #1 WR was on Dancing With the Stars, and their best offseason acquisition was a guy who can’t stay on even crappy teams for more than 2 years.
    The Ravens and Browns (in that order) had the best offseasons in the AFC North and it isn’t really close. I am so confident in the Browns, I expect no less than 6 wins.

  25. Mike_Florio says: Jun 29, 2010 1:30 PM

    That entire division could compete in the California Penal League.

  26. jerseykingpin says: Jun 29, 2010 1:31 PM

    Stay CLASSLESS Bengals . They just added Beson to the Ohio State jailhouse yard team . The only team to have correctional officers as security guards for their stadium

  27. UTBearsFan says: Jun 29, 2010 1:33 PM

    SOOOOOO Happy the Bears dropped this bum.
    Proves that he “learned his lesson” from his previous mistakes.
    What a douche

  28. The Nasti says: Jun 29, 2010 1:33 PM

    Stillerz says:
    June 29, 2010 1:07 PM
    Typical Bengal, getting himself in trouble then thinking hes above the system.
    6-10 in 2010
    ===================================
    Really? Just like Rapistberger?
    I agree, squealers will be 6-10 in 2010…sucks about Colon.

  29. WhoDeySood5 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:37 PM

    Sounds like he was assaulted himself before he “hit the employee”…. MAAAAAYBE next time you could look a little further into it…he’ll be just fine
    “The 27-year-old current running back for the Cincinnati Bengals had been involved in an altercation at the establishment and was being escorted out when he punched an employee, according to an arrest affidavit.
    The affidavit said the May 30 incident began at 1:50 a.m. when a fight began between Benson and an unknown person inside the bar. Club staff separated them, at which time Benson shoved a manager “in an attempt to continue the fight he was previously engaged in,” the affidavit said.
    The affidavit said Benson spit blood from his injured lip at a bar employee.
    Workers then asked Benson several times to leave.
    “Benson refused, and was escorted out of the bar,” the affidavit said.
    Outside, the affidavit said employees tried to prevent him from going back in. At that point, he punched “with his right fist to the left side” of an employee’s face, causing the employee to stumble backwards.

  30. this class sucks says: Jun 29, 2010 1:44 PM

    @WhoDeySood5
    “I said it was a non-issue so it must be true.” God, you are freaking delusional. I doubt this will kill the Bengals, but this is certainly an issue. At least he was charged with a crime.

  31. jerseykingpin says: Jun 29, 2010 1:47 PM

    The Nasti says:
    June 29, 2010 1:33 PM
    Stillerz says:
    June 29, 2010 1:07 PM
    Typical Bengal, getting himself in trouble then thinking hes above the system.
    6-10 in 2010
    ================= ==================
    Really? Just like Rapistberger?
    I agree, squealers will be 6-10 in 2010…sucks about Colon.
    ——————————— No just like your fat boy DWI hitting cars with 3 UNDERAGE girls in the car . HMMMMMMM what was he going to do with 3 UNDERAGE yes UNDER 18 girls . He could of KILLED them but thats ok with the Ben Gals fans

  32. Other Bears says: Jun 29, 2010 1:49 PM

    The Cleveland Browns are the class of the AFC North!

  33. Zane says: Jun 29, 2010 1:50 PM

    Justin Fargas is still available…

  34. Caldon says: Jun 29, 2010 1:52 PM

    Everyone knows its only a crime or incident if you get caught. So since he just now got caught, he only has to tell them now.
    Surprise, I’ve been arrested!

  35. Macadamia says: Jun 29, 2010 1:53 PM

    It appears his mug shot was taken at exactly 4:20.
    Stay classy Bungles.

  36. BengalsDouche2 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:55 PM

    Yeah I love seeing all the Steelers fans coming in here like they have room to talk. We’ve been pretty much incident free for a while. Except for Maualuga’s incident which was minor. Your QB is banging chicks forcefully while they’re drunk and now you have room to talk about us? lol Really? We’ll still beat the shit out of every team in the AFN North. The Ravens we may split with but we’ll beat the rest of the division just as we did last year.

  37. Winter says: Jun 29, 2010 1:59 PM

    So what your saying is that “If” Cedric did not report it he could be in big trouble… Like “If” he detinated a bomb on asubway in England he could be in big trouble… Or “If” he jumped out of a plane without a parachute he could be in big trouble… Or “If” he drank a bottle of poison he could be in big trouble…
    Not that he did any of these things… Just “If” hunh??? Excellent to know absolutely irrelevant information to the topic Florio! How about next time you report something, that there is something to actually report! Wow…

  38. Joe says: Jun 29, 2010 2:00 PM

    of course you would point this out 10 min after he got arrested.

  39. js136202 says: Jun 29, 2010 2:04 PM

    Other Bears
    You make a good point. When our WR kills a guy we dump him. Then he runs to the Ravens so Ray can give him tips on how to rebuild your career post-murder.

  40. Outfoxed says: Jun 29, 2010 2:10 PM

    The biggest offense was chronologically screwing up your “days without an arrest” tracking.
    Shame on him!!!

  41. Gatorgabe says: Jun 29, 2010 2:21 PM

    Ok Florio, so far that’s only two stories on Benson’s arrest … go ahead and keep posting … you’ve got at least 7-8 more to go before you catch up to the pasting you’ve given the Miami Dolphins for their off-season arm-of-the-law encounters. After all, fair is fair, right?!?

  42. HarrisonHits says: Jun 29, 2010 2:32 PM

    “Let me get this straight… You want someone to snitch on themselves when they get in trouble. Roger go to hell!!!”
    @dafool99,
    You are a fool as your name indicates. What do you think this is, 3rd grade ?
    This has nothing to do with Goodell. This is has been a standard clause in the CBA for many years. Yes, if you get arrested you are supposed to report this to the team. And if you get in an incident that may eventually result in your arrest I believe you have to report that whether you were initially arrested or not. It is part of the employment contract every NFL player signs.

  43. steeler560 says: Jun 29, 2010 2:32 PM

    Priceless! Watch the floodgates open on the Bungholes, once one gets in trouble the rest will follow!
    Who’s the Bungholes dork whining about wait to look at the facts before judging? You mean like most have done with Roethlisberger? NFL will sit him 6 or more games (because of his past)…Bungholes will finish last in AFC North where they belong…at least Browns fans are painfully loyal…Cinci jumps off the bandwagon after 2,losses in a row!

  44. WhoDey_Man says: Jun 29, 2010 2:48 PM

    heh heh bengalsdouche said maualuga’s incident was minor. heh heh heh very funny.

  45. Its Me Bob D says: Jun 29, 2010 2:49 PM

    Hard to spit blood at someone unless you were hit first. Benson at WORST was provoked, and the idiot deserved it. When the truth comes out there will be no punishment by the league, and possibly minor punishment by marvin lewis as he did to chris henry before

  46. Winter says: Jun 29, 2010 2:58 PM

    “Mr. Benson has always been willing to cooperate with the Austin Police Department to tell his version of what happened so long as he could have a lawyer present. The Austin Police Department decided to go forward with obtaining a warrant without obtaining Mr. Benson’s side of the story.”
    Well lets see… This is the third time he has been arrested in Texas. The first two were summarily dropped do to innapropriate activity by the police. And this one they pursued without interviewing Benson, and an unusual 30 days after the fact for a misdemeanor. At a certain point Cedric you have to realize that the Police in Texas are after you, because you exposed them and made them look bad twice. Stay out of Texas!!! It’s not brain surgery here!!!!

  47. Halftime says: Jun 29, 2010 3:14 PM

    This is possibly the most ridiculous post ever by Florio. Until he was arrested there was no reason to report it.
    There is absolutely no chance he is going to be suspended.

  48. Maddog says: Jun 29, 2010 3:20 PM

    js136202 says:
    June 29, 2010 1:29 PM
    The Ravens and Browns (in that order) had the best offseasons in the AFC North and it isn’t really close. I am so confident in the Browns, I expect no less than 6 wins.
    ——————————————
    way to aim for the stars there

  49. robert ethen says: Jun 29, 2010 3:36 PM

    The photographic evidence points strongly to Benson being guilty. Of whatever.

  50. FredB says: Jun 29, 2010 3:41 PM

    Other Bears says:
    June 29, 2010 1:49 PM
    The Cleveland Browns are the class of the AFC North!
    Well…… there is that incident with Shaun Rogers getting arrested with a gun at the airport.

  51. FredB says: Jun 29, 2010 3:44 PM

    Halftime says:
    June 29, 2010 3:14 PM
    Until he was arrested there was no reason to report it.
    There is absolutely no chance he is going to be suspended.
    Except possibly for the fact that he is a repeat offender of the NFL personal conduct policy.

  52. funi says: Jun 29, 2010 3:55 PM

    Enjoy the 6 game suspension and yet another Bungal season..6 wins…

  53. jwill007 says: Jun 29, 2010 3:58 PM

    So I cant get my posts added to these schmucks talkin about us from the Stealers….
    Well then tell them to quit STEALING girls in Dingy bathrooms….
    How is Colon doing??????
    Anyone seen Santonio????
    How is the Statue of Liberty doin? Byron Leftwhich….
    SACKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2-14 in 2010

  54. js136202 says: Jun 29, 2010 4:38 PM

    FredB
    You hear anything about the Shawn Rogers thing recently? No? It’s because he is registered to carry a concealed firearm and the charges are going to evaporate. Since he doesn’t have any past charges, he is unlikely to face discipline. He wasn’t at a club waving a pistol or packing heat in a state where handguns are illegal.

  55. thatswhatshesaid says: Jun 29, 2010 4:55 PM

    Thanks Ced, you just saved the franchise a ton of cash. What an idiot, talk about horrible timing. Bernard Scott time to shine!

  56. MrHumble says: Jun 29, 2010 6:21 PM

    NFL players always claim they’re innocent of wrongdoing, it’s always someone elses fault but yet the majority of NFL players don’t seem to get in trouble or make the headlines but it’s always the same bunch, guys like Ben Raper, Benson, Vick, Pacman, etc…..it’s becuz they don’t “get it”. If they were home instead of crusin’ the stribs and clubs, there’s a pretty good chance that trouble wouldn’t find them. Because they don’t get it and want to hang with their worthless hommies etc. they attract trouble like magnets…….goodell has to realize this and needs to put his foot on their throat. He has started out right with Ben Raper but he needs to make it a 6 gm suspension to help these worthless piece’s of human crap finally “get it.”

  57. Texas Fan says: Jul 2, 2010 12:07 PM

    I can’t believe steeler fans are even trying to talk right now. Tell you what have Big Douche I mean Big Ben hire Ced as his bodyguard that way he can knock out the girls for him and then maybe Big Douche will have a better chance of raping them.

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