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Cedric Benson’s ex-roommate denies extortion, decries “violent assault”

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After Bengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested for assaulting his ex-roommate Clavens Charles, Benson’s lawyer claimed Charles was trying to extort Benson. Now we’ve received a statement from Charles’ attorney, which tells a very different story.

“Earlier this week Clavens Charles was the victim of an unprovoked violent assault by Cedric Benson that resulted in his hospitalization,” the attorney’s statement said. “Today Clavens Charles has been the victim of an equally violent media smear campaign by the attorneys representing Cedric Benson. . . . No money demand was ever made to Cedric Benson or his legal counsel. Money was never mentioned by us at any time.”

TMZ has a picture of Charles at the hospital, and it sure looks like he was the victim of a violent assault.

Benson is set to be a free agent whenever free agency starts.

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16 Responses to “Cedric Benson’s ex-roommate denies extortion, decries “violent assault””
  1. getyourpopcorn says: Jul 22, 2011 8:31 AM

    your welcome

  2. benh999 says: Jul 22, 2011 8:49 AM

    Where will he go? The Cowboys, Bucs, or back to the Bengals?

  3. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 22, 2011 8:58 AM

    Cedric who????

  4. iflounder says: Jul 22, 2011 8:59 AM

    that pic of him and benson has night out at the continental written all over it. that is one fruity brother, trust me, we can spot our own.

  5. iflounder says: Jul 22, 2011 9:07 AM

    benson should team up with irvin, use him as his dungy to benson’s vick, and just come out of the closet. he could actually do some good for the world.

  6. whodeytn says: Jul 22, 2011 9:12 AM

    Who’s welcome is it, exactly?

  7. assassins14 says: Jul 22, 2011 9:24 AM

    Check those pics out! What a shame…they looked really happy at one point. Doesn’t anybody stay together anymore?

  8. hevsharpe1 says: Jul 22, 2011 10:05 AM

    They were such a cute couple.

  9. peytonwantsaflag says: Jul 22, 2011 10:06 AM

    “TMZ has a picture of Charles at the hospital, and it sure looks like he was the victim of a violent assault.”

    Keep up Michael – nobody’s saying Cedric didn’t pummel him, he said the guy was trying to extort him.

  10. tformation says: Jul 22, 2011 10:09 AM

    Interesting pic of Benson & ex-roommate in happier times. Who knew Benson & his roomie were such white wine connoisseurs?

  11. tednancy says: Jul 22, 2011 10:34 AM

    Up to now, Benson’s troubles with the law have not prevented him from finding employment in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if the implications of his latest arrest will result in Benson being blackballed by the NFL.

    I hope not. In the year 2011 a gay man should be accepted as a teammate in the NFL. This will be a telling test case.

  12. billygoat says: Jul 22, 2011 10:48 AM

    Domestic abuse is such a shame.

  13. philtration says: Jul 22, 2011 11:05 AM

    He was probably threatening to go public with their honeymoon sex tape unless Cedric coughed up some cash.

    At least Cedric can “hit the hole” off the field.

  14. push4souls says: Jul 22, 2011 11:18 AM

    Love is harsh…

  15. joetoronto says: Jul 22, 2011 12:08 PM

    “TMZ has a picture of Charles at the hospital”

    Man, that is one ugly mofo. I don’t know how much difference that beating did to his grill, but either way, that dude is fugly.

  16. endzonezombie says: Jul 22, 2011 12:52 PM

    Why did Benson need a roommate?

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