An early Sunday morning arrest of Cedric Benson in Austin gave the Cincinnati Bengals retake the NFL league lead in arrests since 2000, according to the statisticians at the San Diego Union-Tribune who track such happenings. Benson, who lives in Austin, is accused of punching an ex-roommate on an Austin street corner at 5 a.m. We’re thinking there should be an asterisk next to this league lead. Benson is a free agent.
Benson, 28 , a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals for the past three years , was held at the Travis County Jail for about seven hours Sunday on a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member , according to online jail records and Benson’s lawyer, Sam Bassett . Benson was released about 2 p.m. after posting $10,000 bail, Bassett said.
According to an arrest affidavit, the former roommate contacted police about 5 a.m. and said “a hostile and aggressive Benson” had approached him at West Fifth and Guadalupe streets minutes before and said they needed to talk. The man, whom the arrest affidavit identified as Charles Clavens, told police that they were arguing about their living arrangements when Benson punched him several times in the face, resulting in severe injuries, the affidavit said.
Combine Benson’s troubles with safety Marvin White being cuffed last week and the Bengals have the numbers to regain the league lead that used to belong to the Minnesota Vikings with 33 cuff ’ems since 2000.
Benson has now been arrested twice in 3 weeks.