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Who Dey Revolution Manifesto

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    IN THIS TIME of perpetual Cincinnati Bengals incompetence and futility, with zero playoff wins in the nineteen seasons since the WhoDeyRevolution Godfather, Paul Brown, passed away in 1991 and handed the team to his fortunate son, the Despot, Mike Brown;


    WE, the members of the Who Dey Revolution, in our fervent dedication to the Cincinnati Bengals and fanatical desire to transform our hometown team into perpetual Super Bowl contenders, call for a popular revolution of fans to demand comprehensive reform to the managerial decisions and approach of Cincinnati Bengals ownership, management, staff and players, and hereby call for the adoption of the following Who Dey Revolution Manifesto:

    Manifesto Demands

    THAT the Mike Brown, Katie Blackburn, Marvin Lewis, along with every other member of the Bengals management, staff and personnel, state publicly to all Bengals fans, “I will do everything in my power to help the Cincinnati Bengals win a Super Bowl;”

    THAT Mike Brown will hire a general manager, drastically expand the scouting department and relinquish all control of player personnel;

    THAT all training, rehabilitation and medical facilities are considered best-in-class compared to other NFL teams;

    THAT the management fill the team only with players who fit the system, both mentally and physically, and are not reluctant to makes changes to player personnel when needed, regardless of cost or loyalty concerns;

    THAT offensive and defensive line depth is considered the top priority for all player personnel decisions;

    THAT all decisions made by ownership, management, staff and players, both on and off the field, are judged only by this criterion: “Does this help the Cincinnati Bengals win a Super Bowl?”

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June 29, 2010


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How many arrests is that now this year? Three? I'm honestly trying to remember. I know Rey and Purify, but I thought there might be one more in there.

ESPN is reporting this:

AUSTIN, Texas -- Cedric Benson is in trouble with the law again.


An Austin police spokeswoman says the Cincinnati Bengals running back was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Travis County jail where he posted bail and was released. An arrest affidavit says he punched an employee of an Austin, Texas, bar on May 30 after being kicked out for getting into an altercation with another patron.

In 2008, Benson was arrested twice in a month on alcohol charges. While in college at the University of Texas, he pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal trespassing for forcing his way into an apartment to find a television he said was stolen from him.

According to the affidavit, details of which were published by the Austin American-Statesman, Benson was fighting with an unknown person in the bar when he was separated by club personnel. Benson allegedly shoved the bar's manager in order to continue the fight and spit blood, which was coming from his injured lip, at another employee.

Benson refused to leave when asked by employees and was escorted out of the bar, the affidavit said, according to the newspaper. When the bar's staff tried to prevent Benson from re-entering the establishment, the running back punched an employee's face "with his right fist to the left side", the affidavit said, according to the newspaper.

According to the newspaper, Benson faces up to a year in jail if convicted of the offense, which is misdemeanor.

The 27-year-old Benson enjoyed the best season of his career in 2009, rushing for 1,251 yards with six touchdowns, helping the Bengals win the AFC North.

Benson was the Chicago Bears' first-round pick and the fourth overall in the 2005 draft, but didn't pan out and was released in 2008 following two arrests in Texas involving alcohol. The cases were dropped when grand juries decided not to indict Benson, who was out of football.

He has been with the Bengals since 2008.

Ced is neither some redeemed soul or a bad guy. Truth is obviously in between. In this case, he allegedly punched a bouncer at a bar, likely while drunk. Even if true, how on earth that becomes arrest-able and prosecutable I have no idea. Oh yes, I do, he's a pro athlete so he is a target. He should know this.

"how on earth that becomes arrest-able and prosecutable I have no idea."

In most states that is considered assault no matter who it is. In Texas, I thought that would just be considered a fun night out on the town.

Love the yinzers and 'moreons, not to mention the milakes, riding high horse all the sudden on PFT. This is significant, even if the charges get dropped, Goodell will suspend him beyond a shadow of a doubt unless this turns into what Tahoe was for Fat Ben, but that's unlikely in my eyes. 4-6 and we'll need BScott to stay healthy, and, if they're smart, they'll go get an insurance policy in the form of one DeDe Dorsey, or Larry Johnson. I do NOT think, however, that this HAS to mean fewer wins, as long as Brat can make adjustments if he has to... Wait, that doesn't make sense does it, fuck.

I have never seen a minor fight with a bouncer end in jail time. A really severe fight maybe. Then again, I've never seen a lot of fights with a bouncer. I mean, you're a bouncer, aren't you just supposed to deal with this stuff without the police?

God damn it, Ced. Just when I was starting not to hate you.

Well, for once the off-season critics were right! The general theme of the Bleacher Report, ESPN, SI, NFL Network, etc has been that giving Benson a contract extention would be premature. Looks like "Discount" is going to be the name of the game... if the game even gets played.

My gut tells me that this will get settled (why wouldn't it, right?... right?) but if this does turn to jail time, we have a different house of cards for this season.

On a more personal note, if your a bouncer and you get punched in the face by a drunk, that's just part of the gig. Sure its assualt, Ken, but what bouncer really gives a shit when it comes in the job discription. I agree with SWB: this is a clear-cut case of celeb targeting. Was Ced wrong here, yup - no question of that. But would this be ending up in the courts if it was some normal out-of-town muscle-head looking for some post-college tail? Hells no.

In the wake of this and that article on Gen. McChrystal, I would like to state that there is a special circle of Hell reserved for bitch-ass civilians who look to profit off of other's fame and status by destroying it... that and for Red Sox players who become Yankees.

Break out the Patron and marijuana, Cincinnati--here comes Lendale White!

Ced will get the same punishment as Vince Young as stated above. He seems to have a drinking problem. He needs to get with Rey and do some A/A. Do the right thing CED GET HELP!!!!

fucking sportscenter - teasing and leading with,

"and ANOTHER bengal busted!"...

ced benson has,

"ANOTHER run-in with the law"...

lazy, biased reporting per usual. whatever.

oh yeah, and f'u willie colon

In an effort to keep things real...

Like I said, clear-cut celeb explotation. Makes me sick. Like American Idol sick.

Ced is such a liar.

This is such a stupid new story, but I hope it helps the Bengals save some money for JJ and Leon.

Mike Vick - Mike Brown's favorite player.

CedBen shows piss-poor judgment and gets arrested, but it's quickly outstripped in the news because Vick may or may not had involvement in the shooting of his former dog fighting partner.

For those of you who were advocating JaCarcass, aren't you glad the Brownburns didn't sign him up? Now, instead of Fat Vick, we can have the real thing as soon as the Eagles release him.

Benson was never indicted for previous crimes, which I believe include boating under the influence or something else fairly trivial. This is really not a big deal... he got punched and ended up punching a bouncer who was probably running his mouth at him... who the hell cares... if you're a bouncer don't run your mouth at a 230 pound NFL running back. How any of these claims, though none have turned into any sort of conviction for a crime, mark Ced as having baggage, i'm not sure. He's not a bad guy, even if any of these charges were true. Non-story. I'm furious if he get's any suspension.

Artrell, yea, exactly, at least if what I'm reading is absolute or even close to the truth. I will be furious as well, but I think we should both get prepared to be pretty fucking mad, Goodell will find a way to come down hard here, I'm sure of it.

@Artrell and Bo:

Goodell hates the Bengals and loves the Rooneys - Ced will miss the entire season.

Thanks to Comrade Guttersnake. When I first read the Who Dey article I was angry. Then after reading Benson's account from the Trenches, and re-reading the Who Dey article, a lot doesn't make sense and maybe it is all about nothing.

Wyatt & Bo - I fear you are right on Goodell. Let's keep our fingers crossed. This would really suck. Especially when you look at who we play in the first 4+ games.

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