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Benson meeting with Goodell on Thursday
Posted Jul. 20 at 10:14 PM
A Cedric Benson suspension for his role in a bar altercation last month? "Unbelievable" that it's even being discussed, says Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who has something of a reputation for having a blindspot for player missteps. It's not up to Lewis, however.
The man who will decide is commissioner Roger Goodell; he'll meet with Benson tomorrow, according to this story. If Benson is viewed as a repeat offender under the league's personal conduct policy, a one- or two-game suspension is indeed a possibility.
In two different accounts of the story, Benson either punched a bar employee in the face, or was punched in the face himself. Clearly if the first account is true, Lewis' incredulity regarding Benson possibly getting in trouble with the league will prove misguided.
Benson's history of off-field incidents, which played a factor in the Bears releasing him, appears to be mostly overblown. Charges in a pair of alcohol related events in 2008 were dropped.
Still, it won't be surprising if Goodell frowns on this skirmish, depending on what police have come up with from interviewing witnesses. If Benson threw a punch, there's a decent chance he'll end up missing at least a game at the start of the season.
Posted by Joseph Lacher | Jul. 21 at 06:23 AM
He had charges (later dropped). Big Ben had no charges and got 6 games. Charges should be like 10 games then.
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