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Bengals stand by Brandon Joiner despite prison sentence

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Bengals undrafted rookie linebacker Brandon Joiner has been sentenced to three years in prison for two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of felony drug possession, but the team says it stands by Joiner and still wants him to play in Cincinnati some day.

Shortly after word came out about Joiner’s sentence — which stems from an incident that took place five years ago, when Joiner played at Texas A&M — the Bengals sent PFT a statement backing Joiner.

“Brandon Joiner remains on the Bengals’ offseason roster,” the statement says. “Though it is unlikely he will have any chance to play this season, his contract extends beyond 2012, and the Club is choosing to retain his NFL rights at this time. Brandon must serve a sentence for a crime he was convicted of in 2007 — when he was 18. But his positive actions during the past five years, including significant community service work, graduation from Arkansas State University and an unblemished subsequent behavior record, have generated a group of active supporters that includes Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas, and Hugh Freeze, Brandon’s head coach at Arkansas State and now head coach at Mississippi. In kind, the Bengals support Brandon’s future opportunity for a career in the NFL.”

Joiner was convicted of working with another man to break into an apartment, assault the people inside, bind them with duct tape and steal their belongings. Despite the three-year sentence, Joiner’s lawyer says he’s optimistic he will be released on parole in as little as six months.

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29 Responses to “Bengals stand by Brandon Joiner despite prison sentence”
  1. despinosa8 says: May 25, 2012 3:44 PM

    Time to pay the “piper”!

  2. ncbengalmike says: May 25, 2012 3:45 PM

    Cue up the Bungles Jokes.

  3. 1buckeye76 says: May 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    oy vey…

  4. letsgonuclear says: May 25, 2012 3:49 PM

    “an incident that took place five years ago”

    Welcome to what’s wrong with the legal system.

  5. rcali says: May 25, 2012 3:50 PM

    I still don’t understand how the Bungels couldn’t sign Vick when he was available.

    Thumbs down if you like stealing from little old ladies on the street who do charity work.

  6. tightierightie says: May 25, 2012 3:53 PM

    Man! Mikey’s reformer streak make days like this really hard for us Bengals fans.

  7. stevenashville says: May 25, 2012 3:54 PM

    Hey now. They just bound up some drug dealers and took their wallets. Let’s keep that straight 😉

    What’s crazy is that it took 5 years to convict. Hopefully the kid has really cleaned up his act as the Bengals (and the governor of Arkansas – huh?) believe.

    Clearly the Bengals don’t really care about these sorts of stories or public perception. (Neither do I, really.) Can’t help but to just laugh at this.

  8. covercorner says: May 25, 2012 3:56 PM

    He must be some talent for the Bengals to still want him.

  9. darksidecowboy says: May 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    What’s up with these Bengal players? More importantly why do the Bengals keep these guys?

  10. mwatts1 says: May 25, 2012 4:04 PM

    Way to reward good behavior Bungels… He only hurt people and dealt drugs, no biggy in Cinncy.

  11. themohel says: May 25, 2012 4:16 PM

    Quite a contrast to the Dunn story that preceded this entry, huh?

  12. yzguy431 says: May 25, 2012 4:16 PM

    there is always room for another criminal in the NFL.

  13. franklamar17 says: May 25, 2012 4:20 PM

    Glad to see the team stick with the young man,looks to me he is doing the things that he needs to do ,to be a productive citizens.every body needs the 2nd chance

  14. t8ertot says: May 25, 2012 4:30 PM

    I don’t care anymore!!! The nfl is full of criminals

    Go bengals!!!

  15. mianfr says: May 25, 2012 4:33 PM

    Honestly, he committed a pretty darn serious crime and I’m not sure I’d really want to be on the same team as him after that… It’s not like a Plaxico Burress or Cliff Harris thing.

  16. craggt says: May 25, 2012 4:34 PM

    I don’t understand all the negative comments. Do you people really think a person should be condemned for a mistake they made when they were 18? All indications seem to say that he’s turned his life around with strong endorsements from his coach and the Governor of Arkansas. Once he serves his debt to society he has the right to be gainfully employed just like everyone else in this country and if the Bengals think he’s good enough then he’ll be gainfully employed as a professional football player.

  17. randallflagg52 says: May 25, 2012 4:39 PM

    The Bengals are the prison system’s work release program for football players.

    I love hearing their fans trying to justify their team’s image after ever arrest and felony charge. Your team has this rep for a reason bengal fans!

  18. all32 says: May 25, 2012 4:44 PM

    Of course they stand by him, when he gets out he can give the rest of the team a heads up on what to expect when they go to jail. What a joke this franchise is…

  19. mwindle1973 says: May 25, 2012 4:47 PM

    I’m for one glad that teams like the Bengals & Pats choose to give guys like this a chance. For one thing you have to fill those offseason roster spots with bodies. THey are mainly there to relieve the other players that will make the final roster, try to grow as a player, maybe get on the practice squad, but at least get themselves on tape in NFL situations which allows other teams to get a look at them for the future. SO when you have a chance to fill one of these spots with a player who could actually make the roster in a season or two why would you not? Plus these players deserve a second chance. Most of them aren’t even committing felonies. Let’s not forget players like Ahmad Brooks. Got in trouble in college, Bengals took him in the supplemental draft. We labored with him for 4 years to get him turned around. He still had a dabble of trouble here and there though. We finally cut him as he was still just a backup then. The 49ers took him on, and in his 2nd season there last year he really played well as a starting LB. Is he totally reformed? No. But between 2 teams and 6 years he was reformed enough that he could produce to his potential for a whole season. And hopefully he’ll continue on the right track form here.

  20. bballpat07 says: May 25, 2012 5:08 PM

    “I love hearing their fans trying to justify their team’s image after ever arrest and felony charge. Your team has this rep for a reason bengal fans!”

    If every single arrest of your team was reported by mainstream news sites every time any player even so much as talks to a police officer or judge, I think you would get a little annoyed with it too.

  21. craggt says: May 25, 2012 5:17 PM

    Lets also be clear about what he did: he and another A&M football player punched a drug dealer in the face and took his money and weed. Is this a good thing? Obviously no. But was he off stealing from little old ladies? No.
    I bet half the people here have watched The Wire, and I bet everyone who has loves Omar Little. Think of this guy as a incredibly small time version of Omar Little.

  22. redsghost says: May 25, 2012 5:28 PM

    “Do you people really think a person should be condemned for a mistake”

    I agree with most of your post craggt except the very last word in your comment above.
    When you PLAN to break into an apartment, then plan to duct tape the folks AFTER assaulting them, that’s NOT a mistake. A mistake would be ordering a double cheeseburger instead of a big mac. If you PLANNED to order a Big Mac then it’s not a mistake.
    Early in my life I got a DUI. It wasn’t a mistake but it DID take years to get past the results of my planned actions ( fines, court costs, AA meetings, probation, loss of license etc).
    I DO hope the man admits his actions and stays on the straight and narrow.

  23. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 25, 2012 5:36 PM

    bballpat07 says:

    “If every single arrest of your team was reported by mainstream news sites every time any player even so much as talks to a police officer or judge, I think you would get a little annoyed with it too.”

    Thank you!

  24. kingcarlbanks says: May 25, 2012 7:09 PM

    Why doesn’t the NFL just build its own prison and charge states to keep the players incarcerated? they could build state of the art training facilities and when players are released they’re ready to play! Plus the NFL could start recruiting from the penal systems and open up a new revenue stream!

  25. cowboyscanada says: May 25, 2012 10:02 PM

    He will fit right in with Cincy. The NFL is getting out of hand with all thats going on…. I like the NFL And CFL…lot less drama in the CFL, just really good, fan friendly football.

  26. whodey28 says: May 25, 2012 10:23 PM


  27. joetoronto says: May 26, 2012 5:56 AM

    Management welcomes convicts and their fans get their panties in a knot when it’s reported.

    What a joke.

  28. inthezone4 says: May 26, 2012 9:53 AM

    Every nfl team has jail birds and idiots. Just like the fans that come on here an talk trash about the bengals. Who Dey!

  29. joetoronto says: May 27, 2012 5:41 AM

    Dey a joke.

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