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Bengals undrafted rookie Brandon Joiner sentenced to three years in prison

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The Bengals have done their best to distance the stripes on their helmet from prison stripes in recent years, but one of their undrafted rookie signings is bringing back the old associations.

Linebacker Brandon Joiner has been sentenced to three years in prison for two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of felony drug possession. The charges stem from an incident in 2007 when Joiner was playing at Texas A&M.

Joiner and another man forced their way into an apartment and assaulted two men before binding them with duct tape. They stole their wallets, keys, cellphones and marijuana. When police searched Joiner’s home they also found hydrocodone and Ectasy.

Joiner finished out his collegiate career at Arkansas State after the arrest forced him off the Texas A&M team. Joiner’s lawyer said that they hope he will be released on parole after six to nine months if Joiner behaves himself behind bars.

“Since this incident, Brandon has conducted himself in an exemplary fashion and I’m sure he will continue to do that,” attorney Jay Granberry said, via the Bryan/College Station Eagle. “There are a lot of people rooting for Brandon and I’m convinced he’s not going to let anyone down.”

The Bengals haven’t made any comment about Joiner’s status at this point.

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43 Responses to “Bengals undrafted rookie Brandon Joiner sentenced to three years in prison”
  1. daysend564 says: May 25, 2012 12:22 PM

    They cut people left and right for failing physicals.

    They sign people and keep them active as long as possible with this looming though.

  2. irishgary says: May 25, 2012 12:23 PM

    Just how have the Bengals tried to distance them self from criminals? The guy was signed this year!!!!! the criminal act was 2007

  3. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 25, 2012 12:25 PM

    Rolling out every tired old Bengals joke in 5…4…3…

  4. coonsqualler says: May 25, 2012 12:28 PM

    Fits well on that team!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  5. thegreatgabbert says: May 25, 2012 12:30 PM

    Brandon joins the Bengals “Incarcerated, Unable To Play” list.

  6. pooflingingmonkey says: May 25, 2012 12:32 PM

    Disappointed by the decision, the Bengals front office scrambled to find a replacement, and signed free agent Wide Receiver Charlie Sheen.

  7. kissbillsrings says: May 25, 2012 12:38 PM

    sounds like deja-voodoo to me…..

    on a side bar, PLEASE take back OCHO STINKO!!!!

  8. joetoronto says: May 25, 2012 12:40 PM

    Great news for Mike Brown, he can pay the turd less now.

    Way to go, Bungals.

  9. sellout3871 says: May 25, 2012 12:40 PM

    coonsqualler says:May 25, 2012 12:28 PM

    Fits well on that team!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

    _________________________________

    REALLY? I’m pretty sure Dante Stallworth drunkenly ran a man over in his car, killing him. That guy had kids by the way.

  10. fin72 says: May 25, 2012 12:42 PM

    I’m sure he’ll be a superstar in the California Penal League.

  11. t8ertot says: May 25, 2012 12:43 PM

    Chime in joetoronto

  12. beelicker says: May 25, 2012 12:45 PM

    Mike Brown’s penchant for playing ‘redeemer’ is actually a historical tribute to The Old Man, PB. Mike was Paul’s trusted righthand man from the very beginning from right after the time Art #### canned PB in Cleveland until they eventually secured the Bengals franchise in Cincinnati 45 years ago … & beyond.

    This practice actually extends all the way back to the Bengals’ very first (AFL) expansion season of ’68 when Brown was both GM & Head Coach, as their 4th round draft pick, DB (in college, anyway) Jess Phillips from Mich St, was released from prison (bad checks) a mere 6 days prior to the regular-season kickoff & ended up starting (at RB) for the Bengals in their inaugural AFL game (pre-merger).

    You can look it up!

  13. lolb23 says: May 25, 2012 12:47 PM

    Took them 6 years of tax dollars to send this punk to jail. Thanks American justice system.

  14. whodeydaytonchapter says: May 25, 2012 12:48 PM

    This is a story about Texas A&M, but cheap shot journalism makes it about the Bengals. Weak.

  15. realitypolice says: May 25, 2012 12:55 PM

    butthatmakestoomuchsense says:
    May 25, 2012 12:25 PM
    Rolling out every tired old Bengals joke in 5…4…3…
    ===============

    Oh, yes, don’t pick on the poor old Bengals.

    They bring this on themselves. Look at what this kid did! This isn’t getting pulled over with a joint in your ashtray!

    You don’t want the jokes, stop signing the players.

    It really is that simple.

  16. wetpaperbag2 says: May 25, 2012 12:56 PM

    butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 25, 2012 12:25 PM

    Rolling out every tired old Bengals joke in 5…4…3…
    ===================================

    Why don’t you just admit that your Bengals ARE and ALWAYS will be the joke that keeps on giving…just like syphilis.

  17. leatherhelmets says: May 25, 2012 12:59 PM

    No yo honor!

    We was going thru rookie hazing when we duct taped those guys. We thought they were rookies!

  18. strctlylo says: May 25, 2012 1:01 PM

    gets 3 years and they hope he’s out in 6-9 months. optimistic much? and if he is, what a failure of a legal system.

  19. granadafan says: May 25, 2012 1:11 PM

    How did it take over 5 years to throw this piece worthless trash to society in prison? He should never have been given the PRIVILEGE of getting a free education and play ball. More evidence that this country’s priorities are in sports/entertainment instead of justice.

    Oh, and for those whining about picking on the poor wittle Bungles, perhaps your team wouldn’t be in the wrong limelight if you stopped signing criminals and blights on a civilized society.

  20. daysend564 says: May 25, 2012 1:14 PM

    @whodeydaytonchapter – Are you suggesting that he wasn’t signed by the Bengals, even though they knew this was an active case against him?

  21. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 25, 2012 1:17 PM

    realitypolice says: You don’t want the jokes, stop signing the players.

    It really is that simple.

    I *like* the jokes. I think it’s great that every time something happens with a Bengal, people roll out the same material they’ve been using since 2007 and are still amused by it.

  22. mymanmccoy says: May 25, 2012 1:19 PM

    Yeah, Llamar, his new boyfriend two cells over is really rooting for him!

  23. joetoronto says: May 25, 2012 1:20 PM

    Check out Bungals fans, upset with everybody EXCEPT management that keeps signing these turds.

    Nobody’s picking on you, we just don’t like turds and you guys collect them like stamps.

  24. abengalfan says: May 25, 2012 1:21 PM

    whodeydaytonchapter says:
    May 25, 2012 12:48 PM
    This is a story about Texas A&M, but cheap shot journalism makes it about the Bengals. Weak.

    Uh no. Instead of blaming a front office that enjoys getting cheap employees anywhere it can find them, you blame the messenger.
    All Josh Alpers is doing is reporting a fact. A Bengal is going to jail.
    If you don’t like reading that, maybe you should ask Mikey why he is more concerned w/ being a Redeemer than an owner of a championship team.

  25. LoCoSu@%s says: May 25, 2012 1:27 PM

    sheesh.Bengals. sheesh.

  26. catquick says: May 25, 2012 1:29 PM

    Sounds like a Bengal FHOF’er

  27. catquick says: May 25, 2012 1:30 PM

    Pacman sez…..I don’t get it! Whad he do wrong!!

  28. rickrock6661982 says: May 25, 2012 1:43 PM

    You’re next, Vontaze

    Oh, you silly Bungles..

  29. rgwhodey says: May 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    @joetoronto says:
    May 25, 2012 1:20 PM
    Check out Bungals fans, upset with everybody EXCEPT management that keeps signing these turds.

    Nobody’s picking on you, we just don’t like turds and you guys collect them like stamps
    —————————————————–
    Hey Joe, the most recent police blotter report.. take a look before you start raggin on other teams…

    5/9/2012: Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is charged with DUI

    Just sayin’

  30. daysend564 says: May 25, 2012 2:13 PM

    So, he was convicted in 2008. A plea deal allowed him to not go to jail until he graduated. Knowing this, the Bengals still signed him.

  31. realitypolice says: May 25, 2012 2:20 PM

    rgwhodey says:

    Hey Joe, the most recent police blotter report.. take a look before you start raggin on other teams…

    5/9/2012: Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is charged with DUI

    Just sayin’
    =======================

    Yes, of course, because a player already on your team getting a DUI is the exact same thing as SIGNING A PLAYER YOU KNEW HAD BEEN CONVICTED OF HOME INVASION.

    Same thing. Yup.

  32. nicosanchez02 says: May 25, 2012 2:21 PM

    rgwhodey says:
    May 25, 2012 1:51 PM
    @joetoronto says:
    May 25, 2012 1:20 PM
    Check out Bungals fans, upset with everybody EXCEPT management that keeps signing these turds.

    Nobody’s picking on you, we just don’t like turds and you guys collect them like stamps
    —————————————————–
    Hey Joe, the most recent police blotter report.. take a look before you start raggin on other teams…

    5/9/2012: Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is charged with DUI

    Just sayin’
    ——————-

    All Joe is sayin is the truth, and being honest, as a raider fan myself we are ashame and embarrassed about Ro Mcclain and DHB, and think our organization should disassociate themselves from them.

  33. godofwine330 says: May 25, 2012 2:25 PM

    The Bengals just like giving folks a shot. Most times it is a zero risk situation. Undrafted free agent with no signing bonus. If he gets arrested, no loss. If he doesn’t and is a special teams beast – no risk win.

    Sad that something stupid he did when he was a kid 4 years ago comes back to haunt him.

  34. jm91rs says: May 25, 2012 2:28 PM

    @joetoronto,

    good job waiting a few minutes to post on this one. It makes it look like you have other things to do with your life.

    It was obviously dumb of the team to sign this guy, but it does no harm outside of tarnishing public perception, of which I can guarantee you Mike Brown is clueless.

  35. maximusprime107 says: May 25, 2012 2:35 PM

    So he just now got sentenced for something that happened 5 years ago? Great justice system we have

  36. rajbais says: May 25, 2012 2:47 PM

    Bengals to Bungles all over again!!!!

    Bye bye playoff chances!!!

  37. blacknyellablacknyella says: May 25, 2012 3:01 PM

    bengals players in and out of the pokey isn’t even funny OR newsworthy any more. it’s just like reporting that thursday is going to follow wednesday next week.

    just start throwing out reports when a bengal DOESN’T get arrested in a month.

  38. mabicmabic says: May 25, 2012 3:40 PM

    Bengal’s response: “Brandon must serve a sentence for a crime he was convicted of in 2007 — when he was 18,” the Bengals said. “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.”

  39. mabicmabic says: May 25, 2012 3:45 PM

    The thing I like about the Bengals is they don’t care what JoeToronto thinks.

  40. bigswifty74 says: May 25, 2012 3:50 PM

    These kids need to understand what a privilege it is to play a game and make so much money. Too many of these people feel that since they’re an athlete, they can do whatever the hell they want to do.
    I think that there should be a rule that if you F up in college, you aren’t allowed to play football professionally.
    And if you F up while playing in the NFL, you should not be allowed back in.
    It may seem harsh to some, but if you set an example, how many of these kids do you think will keep acting like this, when their future fortunes are at stake?
    If you worked at a large business firm, bringing in a six figure salary, and you commit a crime such as robbery, assault, possession of marijuana, etc. , you would most likely be fired. Then, what other firm is going to hire you? This football game is actually a professional business. They need to start cracking down on the useless tools that don’t see it that way.
    It’s my own opinion, and we all know that money rules, so this will probably (and unfortunately) never change. These idiots leave a stain on an otherwise fun and profitable business.
    I say weed them out (no pun intended) and keep them out.

  41. alldonesmith says: May 25, 2012 3:57 PM

    Cinci sure knows how to pick ‘em, huh?

  42. dsand5340 says: May 25, 2012 7:05 PM

    To clarify the situation here. Joiner and a teammate were stiffed by some students that supplied them with weed. They went over to their apartment to scare them and get their money back. Situation got out of hand and the players were stupid and the prosecutor threw the book at them.

    Joiner’s atty pleaded to allow Joiner to finish college and get his life together before serving his sentence. The court granted that request.

    Joiner had no other incidents and graduated from Arkansas State while also earning all-conference honors. By all accounts he’s been a model citizen in the 4.5 years since the incident when he was 18.

    Now, he is paying his debt to society. He turned his life around and he’ll be out in six months.

    It’s a story of redemption and a kid who made a bad decision actually picking himself up and doing well by all accounts.

    Sounds to me in this instance, the court properly evaluated the circumstances and this appears to be a positive outcome. So why again are you bashing the justice system over this particular case?

  43. blueollie says: May 26, 2012 6:55 AM

    dsand5340: will you quit muddling up the issue with facts and context and let us enjoy our self-righteous indignation?

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