The detective never called, the statement said. “Though we adamantly dispute that Cedric committed a crime, Cedric will continue to cooperate with law enforcement, the Bengals and the NFL in their investigation of these events,” Cornwell wrote. Benson faces up to a year in jail if convicted of assault with injury, a Class A misdemeanor. Benson started at running back for the Longhorns for most of four seasons, from 2001 -04, after leading Midland Lee High School to three state championships. The Chicago Bears drafted him with the fourth selection of the 2005 NFL draft. He was released in 2008 and signed a one-year contract that season with Cincinnati, then signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the team in 2009. In October 2003, while a UT student, Benson was charged with criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor, following an incident in which he was accused of kicking down a door to retrieve his stolen television set. Ten months later, he signed a plea deal in which he agreed to pay a fine of $1,000 and restitution of $500. He also was sentenced to eight days in jail, but spent no time there because of overcrowding and time served. In 2008, Benson was arrested for two alcohol-related incidents, but a Travis County grand jury declined to indict him.
Cedric Benson to face ex-team
After gradually working him into practice, it’s beginning to look like he’ll be counted on as far more than a veteran insurance policy. With James Starks out with a turf toe injury and second-year player Alex Green returning from a season-ending knee injury, Benson has to chance to become the primary running back for a Super Bowl contender. By signing Benson, the Packers apparently passed on the chance to re-sign veteran Ryan Grant , who is without a job. Benson, the No. 4 overall pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 draft, struggled with injuries, inconsistency and off-the-field trouble with the Bears. But he revived his career over four seasons in Cincinnati, including three straight years over the 1,000-yard rushing mark. NFC North blog NFL Nation blog For now, Benson is trying to immerse himself in learning the Packers’ offense — so much so that he has taken coach Mike McCarthy’s seat next to Aaron Rodgers in some of the Packers’ meetings. “He’s been motivated,” McCarthy said. “He’s taken my seat in the meeting room. He sits next to Aaron.
Cedric Benson arrested for assault
EST November 29, 2012 Cedric Benson finishes his season in Green Bay with 248 rushing yards and one TD. (Photo: Brian Spurlock, US Presswire) Story Highlights Green Bay had hoped running back could return this month Benson had Lisfranc surgery Tuesday Packers will move ahead with James Starks, Alex Green and John Kuhn splitting carries SHARE 4 CONNECT 3 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE GREEN BAY, Wis. The Green Bay Packers will be finishing their season with James Starks and Alex Green as their primary running backs after all. The Packers were hoping Cedric Benson could recover late this season from a left foot injury, sustained Oct. 7 at Indianapolis, and return as their main halfback for the stretch run. Coach Mike McCarthy, though, said Thursday that Benson underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the Lisfranc injury in his foot and will miss the rest the of the season. Starks recently has surpassed Green as the starter. Green has played mainly on passing downs, sharing those duties with fullback John Kuhn.
Cedric Benson Arrested For Assault In Texas
He said: ‘The alleged male victim no longer is Mr Benson’s household member and was not a household member for the past few days.’ Star man: Benson has led the Bengals in yardage for the past three years but is now a free agent A conviction for assault with family violence would mean a stiffer sentence than for simple assault. Benson is currently a free agent, but has continued to work out with players in Cincinnati during the NFL’s lockout and is said to want to continue playing with the side. Players and teams are in dispute after having failed to reach a pay deal at the end of last season. Asked about Benson’s arrest and the player’s future, Jack Brennan, a spokesman for the Cincinnati Bengals, said: ‘In cases like this, we don’t feel it’s appropriate to comment before there’s some kind of legal resolution.’ Last summer, Benson was charged with misdemeanour assault after allegedly punching a bar employee during a brawl, also in Austin. He has denied the charge, and it is still waiting to be heard. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with the player after last year’s arrest, but decided not to punish him. Now Benson could face a suspension for his latest arrest once a collective bargaining agreement has been reached between teams and players, clouding his future with the league.
Packers’ Cedric Benson has season-ending foot surgery
“As they took him outside, he continued to push and shove,” Senior Police Officer Veneza Aguinaga said. Bartender Bryan White told police that once outside, Benson complained to people passing by that “all these white boys are ganging up on me and kicking me out.” White said he told Benson he wouldn’t take time out of his night just to kick him out, then Benson punched him in the face. Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, said his client “looks forward to telling his side of the story at the appropriate time.” “Though he does not entirely agree with the version of facts recited in the court filings,” Bassett said, “he does not wish to make his comments public at this time.” “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,” he said. “The Austin Police Department decided to go forward with obtaining a warrant without obtaining Mr. Benson’s side of the story.” Aguinaga said police interviewed witnesses and reviewed video surveillance cameras that caught the incident. Detectives invited Benson to speak with them last week but he didn’t show up for a scheduled meeting, she said. Police then obtained a warrant and Benson was arrested without incident at a private home shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday.
NFL star Cedric Benson arrested for assault in his home town (for the second year running)
UPDATE (8:45 p.m. ET): According to wire reports,Benson was released from jail on Sunday following an arrest on an assault charge, the second year in a row he has gotten into trouble in his home state. More details: Travis County sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade said Benson was arrested in downtown Austin on a misdemeanor count of assault with bodily injury with family violence. Benson attorney Sam Bassett said in a statement the arrest followed “a conflict” between Benson and a male former roommate. Wade said Benson posted a $10,000 bond and was released just before 2 p.m. Bassett considers the “family violence” aspect of the charge erroneous “since the alleged male victim no longer is Mr. Benson’s household member and was not a household member for the past few days.” Conviction of assault with family violence would draw a stiffer penalty than simple assault. The Bengals were predictably mum on the situation.
Cedric Benson eager to prove himself with Packers
He has averaged more than 4 yards a carry once in his last five seasons and has never been much of a receiving threat out of the backfield. Last season, he had 15 receptions in 15 games for 82 yards. He’s also developed a bit of a fumbling habit. After coughing up the ball seven times in his first five NFL seasons (935 carries), Benson has fumbled 12 times over the last two years (594). “That’s all part of the evaluation,” McCarthy said when asked about the fumbling. “Very familiar with the statistics, very familiar with the film study. It’s a football fundamental that we obviously pay a lot of attention to and try to emphasize as much as we can in practice, and he’ll be a part of that.” Benson will practice again Tuesday in shells but won’t play in Thursday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns . That means the first action he’ll likely see in a Packers uniform will come on the road next week against his old team, Cincinnati. Despite going into the offseason hoping to land a deal more befitting his past credentials, Benson said he was still happy to be back in the NFL after an emotionally taxing wait to find a new home. “Some days were better than others, where I’d be kind of wondering why,” Benson said.