Benson arrested, charged with assault

Posted July 18, 2011 @ 4:52 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated Monday, July 18, 4:30 p.m. ET

RB Cedric Benson, a free agent who played for the Bengals last season, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault with injury on Sunday. The news was first reported by Ricky Doyle, sports director for YNN in Austin, Texas.

According to Doyle, the incident happened early Sunday morning. Benson spends much of his offseason, where he was a star player at the University of Texas.

KXAN-TV in Austin reported on Monday that according to an arrest affidavit, a former roommate of Benson's was "struck on his face with a closed fist throw by Benson." According to KXAN-TV, which cited the affidavit, Benson's former roommate complained of "possible loss of teeth and massive swelling of the left cheek" and was bleeding from the mouth.

According to the KXAN-TV report, which cited the affidavit, Benson approached his former roommate, who was taking on his cellular telephone on an Austin street corner at approximately 5 a.m. on Sunday, to discuss their living situation when the alleged incident occurred.

Benson was released on bond around 2 p.m. Sunday. When asked about his arrest, the running back said "No comment," according to the TV station.

Benson faced similar charges in June 2010, when an Austin bartender charged the running back with assault after he claimed Benson punched him in the face. That incident still has yet to go to trial.

Playing for the Bengals last season, Benson rushed for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns. It was his second-consecutive season with more than 1,000 rushing yards. He is considered one of the top backs on the free agent market this offseason.