NFL won’t punish Bengals’ Benson
GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The NFL won’t punish Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson for his offseason arrest involving an alleged bar fight in Austin.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Friday that he’s satisfied Benson understands his responsibilities as a player and a public figure. The former Texas Longhorn met with Goodell and other league officials last week.
The decision didn’t surprise Benson, who came away from the meeting optimistic.
“A lot of questions came up and everyone was wondering,” Benson said. “We had a good discussion. I didn’t think a suspension would come about afterward, but I was curious to see what his final decision would be. Here we go off to the season and I’ll be out there for week one.”
Benson is the focal point of a running game that helped the Bengals win the AFC North last season.
“Cedric expressed to us his understanding that NFL players have a special responsibility to meet high standards of conduct,” Goodell said. “Like most public figures, Cedric and other NFL players occasionally may find themselves facing risks that other individuals do not. They must exercise good judgment and restraint when confronted with those risks.”
The Bengals got news of the league’s decision shortly before the start of the afternoon practice at training camp.
“Football has a magical way of curing all and putting everything behind you,” Benson said. “Once the season comes around, everything is OK.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday he is satisfied that Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (above) understands his responsibilities as an NFL player and public figure.