NFL won’t pun­ish Ben­gals’ Ben­son

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.”

David Kohl

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.

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