Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested on Tuesday in Texas over an incident that occurred over Memorial Day Weekend.
Benson, who has had alcohol arrests in the past, allegedly punched an Austin, TX bar employee in the face. He did post bail and has been released.
Coming off a career season in 2009, Benson had been jockeying for a contract extension as he enters the final season of a two-year deal with the Bengals.
ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio raises questions on whether or not the incident was even reported to the Bengals and/or the NFL.
If not, that could certainly complicate matters in terms of league action.
The Personal Conduct Policy contains clear language regarding the obligations of a player who potentially commits a violation: "The League must be advised promptly of any incident that may be a violation of this policy, and particularly when any conduct results in an arrest or other criminal charge. Players and club employees must report any such incident to the club, which must then report it to NFL Security at (800) NFL-XXXX.
Failure to report an incident will constitute conduct detrimental and will be taken into consideration in making disciplinary determination under this policy. Clubs are also required to report incidents that come to their attention."
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