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Henry could be re-instated by the league in weeks
Posted Jul. 08 at 11:35 AM
More good news for Chris Henry. (And by Chris Henry, we’re referring to the Chris Henry who’s been suspended by the league multiple times for off-field behavior, not the Chris Henry who’s been suspended by the league for using steroids.)
Henry – the former Cincinnati Bengal – will be in court again next week, facing assault charges that he punched an 18-year-old in March. The original trial ended in a hung jury a week ago. With this next trial starting quickly (on July 14), it’s possible that Henry will be cleared before camp begins. And if it goes down that way, the NFL will have little option but to lift the indefinite suspension it’s shackled him with.
Henry is no choir boy – he never seems to go more than about two months without some kind of arrest or incident – but he’s also wildly talented. And with his combination of size, speed and playmaking ability, he won’t stay unemployed for long once that suspension is lifted. The Cowboys have issues at wide receiver, where Patrick Crayton has underachieved and Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn are both getting long in the tooth. The Bucs definitely would like to add a wide receiver, and they haven’t been shy about adding players with character issues.
The opinion here, therefore, is that Henry makes sense with a late-round pick in larger leagues. He can definitely play, and I’ll be surprised if he isn’t able to wiggle off the hook on these charges. A week ago, the jury voted 6-2 that he was not guilty. If the prosecutors failed to convince the majority of the jurors last time, I don’t see how they’re going to convince every one of a new jury two weeks later.
To read the blurb on Henry’s case click here.
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