The NFL offseason has been going slowly for the Bengals. With the exception of the minor verbal war Chad and Carson got in to, there's been nothing to deter fans from actually having optimistic outlooks on the 2010-11 season.
Now, there may be something, as Pro Football Talk informs us that Cedric Benson was recently arrested for misdemeanor assault. He's charged because of an incident one month ago in which he punched someone at a Texas bar.
Of course, there are many questions yet to be answered. Will Roger Goodell slap the same passive fate onto Benson as he (supposedly) will on Vince Young, who committed roughly the same crime? Why did no one hear about this until now, given that the incident happened at the end of May?
As PFT points out, Benson and his agent -- currently negotiating a new contract -- may have simply prayed that news of the alleged assault would never come out. This violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, along with the prior legal trouble Benson has been in, may force the commish to suspend him for at least the first two or four games of the season. We'll all just have to wait and see, but right now, it appears that Benson messed up in more ways than just punching a guy.
Regardless, we all know what this means to Mike Brown: Discount bitches!
And oh ya--perhaps Benson isn't as changed, or "redeemed" if you will, as originally thought.
Update: as pointed out in the comments, this does not seem the type of incident that usually requires police involvement and issuing warrants for arrest based on a cursory reading of the facts. In fact, it seems more like celeb/athlete targeting for publicity than anything else. While we are very publicly on the record against Mikey's strategy of serial accumulation of players with character flags for a discount, we certainly hope Ced's side of the story ultimately proves to be the accurate and true version. Sadly, the damage is likely already done to his somewhat rehabbed rep - but hopefully on the field things work out.