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Marvin Lewis goes to bat for Benson

The Bengals’ propensity for giving troubled football players second, third, and sometimes sixth chances is often associated with owner Mike Brown, and not necessarily head coach Marvin Lewis.  Lewis, though, threw some cold water on the latter part of that notion during an interview Tuesday with Bengals.com and the Cincinnati Enquirer.


Lewis has Cedric Benson’s back.
“The truth about Cedric is that he got sucker-punched in a bar,” said Lewis, who’s overwhelmingly confident that he’s accurately received all the facts from Benson’s late-May assault charge.  “Cedric got attacked in a bar.  Only because it was Cedric Benson does it become news.  I think that’s something you have to understand.”
And a target Benson should be.  He was arrested twice at the University of Texas, once for drug possession and again for criminal trespass.  Benson was booked again in 2008 for operating a boat while intoxicated, and had to be pepper-sprayed after resisting arrest.  He received a DUI a month later, and refused to take a breathalyzer or blood test.  
As to the latest law run-in, Benson is accused of punching a bartender in the face and spitting blood from his cut lip on a restaurant worker.  He has yet to face league discipline for any of the incidents.
“I don’t know why we’re even talking about Cedric being suspended a game,” Lewis added.  “I don’t even know why we’re bringing it up.  To me it’s unbelievable.  It wouldn’t be brought up in 31 other cities in the country I think.”
Benson’s arrest was the third involving a Bengals player this offseason, which actually counts as progress for the organization.
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24 Responses to “Marvin Lewis goes to bat for Benson”
  1. shaunypoo says: Jul 20, 2010 2:23 PM

    So did Florio dictate that post to you or are you infected by his rampant anti-Bengals bias?

  2. Joshsports60 says: Jul 20, 2010 2:26 PM

    That last shot at the bengals was the truth. The BEngals wanted it to be higher with signing pacman, tank, and a few other criminals. But it’s the browns that are challenging them this offseason. Nothing like a divisional rivalry!

  3. mama tried says: Jul 20, 2010 2:27 PM

    Benson needs to stay the hell outta bars!!! Drink at home brotha, is safer and cheaper!

  4. WhoDey_Man says: Jul 20, 2010 2:28 PM

    the bengals have been way low on the arrest-o-meter for years now. you’re about 5 years late on that joke. douchebag.

  5. ADogDC says: Jul 20, 2010 2:35 PM

    “And a target Benson should be.”
    For real? Wow!! I like how you put in the accusations, but didn’t state he was cleared OF ALL CHARGES. And the police were profiling him because he was a Black Man with a bunch of White Females……
    I thought you guys were finished with the racist talk up here??

  6. Cincinnasty says: Jul 20, 2010 2:36 PM

    Benson’s arrest was the third involving a Bengals player this offseason, which actually counts as progress for the organization.
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    Cincinnati isn’t anymore prone to have these problems then any other team… Jacksonville has seen a worst arrest record and they don’t get slammed by you guys..

  7. pat in philly says: Jul 20, 2010 2:40 PM

    this is one of the most one sided and slanted articles I’ve ever read.
    Its trash and you should retract it.
    And I don’t like to get into this issue, but I have to agree with ADog, you’re bordering on racist talk.

  8. Whodey08 says: Jul 20, 2010 2:41 PM

    If Bengal players we not getting arrested they would not get drug throught he mud would they?

  9. TheBengal13 says: Jul 20, 2010 2:41 PM

    I don’t think that Benson gets suspended. It seems that if he was going to, Goddell would have jumped at the opportunity for a face-to-face to talk about this and then suspend him. I think this is more like a Vince Young scenario, where he’s safe for now, but another screw-up and he’ll get suspended. Thank God that Training Camp starts in 9 days so these guys will be watched MUCH more closely.

  10. madmike77 says: Jul 20, 2010 2:44 PM

    “And a target Benson should be.”
    For real? Wow!! I like how you put in the accusations, but didn’t state he was cleared OF ALL CHARGES. And the police were profiling him because he was a Black Man with a bunch of White Females……
    I thought you guys were finished with the racist talk up here??
    ***
    Being cleared of all charges means squat in the league now. Once you’re accused you’re as good as guilty in Goodell’s eyes.
    Bad press is bad for the league don’t you know.

  11. Starvin Marvin says: Jul 20, 2010 2:52 PM

    Take a look at the Days w/o Arrest blotter on PTF. Others get busted for sex with minors, exposing genitals, spouse beating, gun charges… yet Benson (and the Bengals) get raked over the coals for getting sucker-punched? Real fair.
    Also, you might want to take a quick count of the teams showing multiple arrests before jumping on the “Cincy’s a bunch of thugs” bandwagon.

  12. CINCINNATI pastuh says: Jul 20, 2010 3:03 PM

    Jeez Mikey, put down the HATERADE. Why you hating so hard on the Bengals for?

  13. CurseofBoJackson says: Jul 20, 2010 3:26 PM

    Evan Silva, you a guest writer? Or is that a ghost identity for Peter King or Mike Florio? I haven’t read a more negatively biased and incomplete post by ANYONE EVER, even on this slanted homer ass web site. Sorry Mike, it’s becoming that more and more dude.
    “Benson was booked again in 2008 for operating a boat while intoxicated, and had to be pepper-sprayed after resisting arrest. He received a DUI a month later, and refused to take a breathalyzer or blood test.”
    Doesn’t lend itself to the nastiness of your “article” if you include the following true statement. “Cedric Benson was, however, cleared of both of those charges.” Yea, we get it, you hate the bengals for whatever reason.
    Perhaps you can get a job writing for the Cleveland Plain dealer, or the Pittsburgh Post Gazette? Your “talents” would be revered there to no end.
    Mike Florio, no joke, I see another slanderous one sided incomplete post from this cat about the Bengals and I don’t come back. Plenty of other places to get NFL news from guys.

  14. Maddog says: Jul 20, 2010 3:31 PM

    Starvin Marvin says:
    July 20, 2010 2:52 PM
    Take a look at the Days w/o Arrest blotter on PTF. Others get busted for sex with minors, exposing genitals, spouse beating, gun charges… yet Benson (and the Bengals) get raked over the coals for getting sucker-punched? Real fair.
    Also, you might want to take a quick count of the teams showing multiple arrests before jumping on the “Cincy’s a bunch of thugs” bandwagon.
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    And we know for sure he got sucker punched because Marvin Lewis said so?

  15. jwill007 says: Jul 20, 2010 3:34 PM

    Florio, Silva and the rest know we dont lead the league anymore in arrest. Like any other media entity they will stick with what draws responses, negative statements. As I have told Florio once before….Do the research legitemately to find out what went wrong…Also Im sure they have heard the story but REFUSE to post the facts thus the reason I stated above about loving the negative attention and comments from the fans….
    Fact based reporting is really missing these days…in favor of the TMZ “Make Em Laugh” reporting…..

  16. CincyAllDaWay says: Jul 20, 2010 3:40 PM

    I wonder why Foolio hates on the Bengals so much? Maybe he got porked by one of the lineman sometime in the past and he’s still a little sore. I can’t figure it out. Don’t be hating man….don’t be hating!

  17. Starvin Marvin says: Jul 20, 2010 3:57 PM

    Maddog says:
    July 20, 2010 3:31 PM
    And we know for sure he got sucker punched because Marvin Lewis said so?
    _________________________________
    And you know he didn’t or initiated the incident because… ?

  18. Maddog says: Jul 20, 2010 3:58 PM

    CurseofBoJackson says:
    July 20, 2010 3:26 PM
    Evan Silva, you a guest writer? Or is that a ghost identity for Peter King or Mike Florio? I haven’t read a more negatively biased and incomplete post by ANYONE EVER, even on this slanted homer ass web site. Sorry Mike, it’s becoming that more and more dude.
    “Benson was booked again in 2008 for operating a boat while intoxicated, and had to be pepper-sprayed after resisting arrest. He received a DUI a month later, and refused to take a breathalyzer or blood test.”
    Doesn’t lend itself to the nastiness of your “article” if you include the following true statement. “Cedric Benson was, however, cleared of both of those charges.” Yea, we get it, you hate the bengals for whatever reason.
    Perhaps you can get a job writing for the Cleveland Plain dealer, or the Pittsburgh Post Gazette? Your “talents” would be revered there to no end.
    Mike Florio, no joke, I see another slanderous one sided incomplete post from this cat about the Bengals and I don’t come back. Plenty of other places to get NFL news from guys.
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    Are you seriously playing the “better start saying nice things about my team or i’ll leave” card?

  19. BengalsDouche2 says: Jul 20, 2010 4:03 PM

    I can tell you that Marvin would not go to bat for a player like this unless he has facts to prove what he’s saying. He’s not going to flat out say things w/o having facts. So I can rest assured that he is saying this knowing more details. Mike Florio and clan, however, just write articles to get attention. They don’t care about facts.

  20. andrewtrice says: Jul 20, 2010 4:03 PM

    If only to restate what others have said, bogus article. Also, everything that Benson “did” (e.g., resisted arrest, refused to take a breathalyzer, etc.) is according to the police. Interestingly, a grand jury decided that the police were lying because the grand jury chose not to indict Benson for anything. Benson (along with many witnesses) disputed that he ever resisted arrest on the boat, that he ever failed a sobriety test, or that he ever refused a breathalyzer.
    Besides, who would resist arrest on a boat? What are you going to do, swim away? It is ridiculous. Just like this article is ridiculous. Just like Evan Silva is ridiculous, lacking any journalistic skills or integrity.

  21. CurseofBoJackson says: Jul 20, 2010 4:17 PM

    Maddog, no dumbass, I’m playing the “report actual stories instead of half assed posts that look as though they were written by a Ravens fan after losing to the Bengals.” In other words, REPORT, don’t omit important facts to get your subjective feelings about a team out. That’s what I’m doing. Get it? I can and do read about the bengals from no less than four other sources, not including NFL.com. I am voicing my displeasure with a pattern of biased, incomplete (as in lying by omission) and thinly veiled hatred of the Bengals in EVERY POST. Go find a post that Flobeeo or Rosenthal or this jack wad has written that is even approaching objective regarding the Bengals. Still need more clarification?

  22. Starvin Marvin says: Jul 20, 2010 4:24 PM

    Look, neither I or anyone else commenting here knows whether Benson did or didn’t commit a crime, nor whether he’ll get suspended.
    What I find objectionable is the continuing perception that the Bengals are, paraphrasing Keith Olbermann, the worst NFL team in the world.
    They absolutely did have their problems… 5 years ago. All you have to do is look at the ongoing issues other NFL organizations have to realize that criminal behavior isn’t JUST a Bengals problem. It’s an NFL problem. It’s just that the Bengals seem for some reason to be the continuing target of derision by PFT and, by way of some poster’s comments, others in the general population. And as a Bengal’s fan, it’s getting tiring.
    If the facts support a conclusion that Benson did something wrong then by all means he should face the music. But singling out the Bengal’s as the bad boys of the NFL has to stop because the numbers no longer support the hypothesis.

  23. realitypolice says: Jul 20, 2010 5:47 PM

    Has Cedric Benson ever got into trouble that was his fault? Every time he gets arrested, it’s “the cops over reacted”(the boat dui/taser incident), “it was all a misunderstanding”(the criminal trespass incident), “he got sucker punched”(the latest incident).
    Boy, this poor kid just can’t catch a break. I mean, one unjust arrest is bad enough, but the cops just won’t leave this innocent cherub alone. Can’t anyone see he’s the victim here?!?!
    *eyes rolling*
    Listen- I have no beef with the Bengals (except for the little fat guy that cut people on hard knocks- he seriously needs to stop rocking those coaches shorts up around his navel), but I do have one with a guy who at the very least manages to be in the middle of trouble on a much too regular basis. Maybe he should get the hell out of Texas.

  24. SwagUpTees.com says: Jul 20, 2010 10:07 PM

    why is florio so biased against the bengals? I’m not a fan of them myself but they’re a great team and have a chance this year to go to the superbowl. The bengals are one of the few teams that give guys a second chance and not only that but they turn them around. I respect the organization very much and wish them goodluck.

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