Bengals' Cedric Benson Arrested For Assault; Defense Claims Extortion

Cedric Benson's arrest for assault is the fourth of his NFL career. Will it prompt discipline from the Bengals or the league?

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Cedric Benson Arrest: Gruesome Photo Of Alleged Victim Surfaces As Defense Claims Extortion

The Cincinnati Bengals' Cedric Benson was arrested last weekend for allegedly assaulting his roommate, which appears to have been quite violent. A photo obtained by TMZ.com shows the alleged victim with half of his face swollen and the other half a bloody pulp. That will certainly be a key piece of evidence during a trial.

Now lawyers for both sides are sparring before a court case even takes place. Benson's lawyers believe the alleged victim, Clavens Charles, and his lawyers are attempting to extort their client. Clavens, Benson's lawyers claim, is looking for a settlement meeting and are threatening to conduct interviews should they not receive one. TMZ, which obtained the photo, is one of the outlets looking for an interview.

Unsurprisingly, Clavens' lawyers released their own response and claim that Benson's side is attempting to mar Clavens. It is unlikely we will ever learn the truth of the matter, but Clavens certainly did receive a beating as seen in the photo.

For more on Benson and the Bengals, visit our Cincinnati blog, Cincy Jungle.

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Bengals' Cedric Benson Arrested For Assault; Fourth Arrest Of NFL Career

Bengals running back Cedric Benson's NFL career has been star-crossed, but after being underwhelming with the Chicago Bears on the field and running into all sorts of off-the-field issues during his time in Chicago, Benson had appeared to get his career and life on track in Cincinnati. And now he's in a Texas jail after allegedly assaulting a family member.

That's according to a report from Austin reporter Ricky Doyle, who notes that this crime would be a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. The incident allegedly happened early Sunday morning.

It's Benson's fourth arrest during his NFL career. In 2008, he was arrested for operating a boat while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated in two separate incidents over five weeks. In 2010, he was arrested for assault after allegedly punching a bartender in the face.

Benson was not suspended for the 2010 arrest, but his second 2008 arrest likely precipitated his release from the Bears. Due to the ongoing NFL lockout, it is unclear whether Benson will face further discipline for this arrest.

For more on Benson and the Bengals, visit our Cincinnati blog, Cincy Jungle.

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