Ex-Bear Benson Gets Jail Sentence In Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson has been sentenced to 20 days in jail after reaching a deal to settle two misdemeanor assault cases in Texas.

Benson was in court in Austin, Texas, on Monday and the deal was struck after a jury was picked. He said he will surrender to authorities on Oct. 17, which is the Monday of Cincinnati’s bye week.

Benson was arrested in 2010 for allegedly punching a bar employee in Austin, and he pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with injury in that case.

He was also arrested last month for allegedly punching a former roommate in downtown Austin. He pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with bodily injury with family violence, and that will be dismissed if he performs 30 hours of community service and pays an undisclosed amount of restitution to the victim.

Benson has been the Bengals’ leading rusher since 2008. The former Texas star was an unrestricted free agent but chose to sign a one-year contract to stay in Cincinnati.

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  • Cameltoe Rancher

    Good thing that I passed on him in the draft last night!

  • watcher

    It seems Mr Benson has a problem,I`m sure we haven`t heard the last of his
    escapades.He`s a hater.

  • Don Cimo

    This “arrest” is pointless. Everyone involved: the judge, the team, Benson should be ashamed of themselves. What a farce. Serving jail time at Mr. Benson’s “convenience” sends a real bad message to the kids and shows that big money once again trumps justice and what is right.

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