Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested on Tuesday from an incident that occurred at Annie’s West on May 30 in Austin, Texas.
Numerous reports indicate that Benson punched a bar employee after he refused to be escorted out of the bar following a fight between him and another person.
According to a Tony Plohetski and Kevin Robbins of Statesman.com, he has been released after posting bail from the Travis County Jail and could face up to one year in jail if convicted.
Benson signed with the Bengals in 2008 after he was released from the Chicago Bears in 2008 because of numerous run-ins with the law—including two arrests for alcohol charges. He signed a two-year deal for $7 million with Cincinnati prior to the 2009 season and could become a free agent after this season.
Coming off his best season of his five-year career in which he rushed for 1,251 yards and six touchdowns, Benson was hoping for a contract extension with the Bengals.
Reports indicated last week the two sides had discussed the possibility of adding three years to his current deal that could earn him an extra $16-$20 million.
Dan Parzych is the Cincinnati Bengals Examiner for Examiner.com.
He is also the founder of WhoDeyBengals.com.
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