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Cedric Benson: Are Police Profiling Bengals Players?

CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 25:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Paul Brown Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Bengals won 45-10.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kyle StrittholtCorrespondent IJune 30, 2010

The Bengals have been the most active team in the league when it comes to supposed criminal activity. They have been the most criticized team in the league because of their mishaps with police.


The latest on the list is running back Cedric Benson, charged with a misdemeanor assault charge for reportedly punching a bar employee in the face last month.


Benson has had past trouble with the law. He was arrested twice in one month with alcohol charges that were dropped.


If the charges stand, Benson could face a year in jail and $4,000 in fines (not to mention a possible suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell).


When Benson's lawyer made a statement, he made it sound like the running back was the victim in the situation. He also stated that Benson avoided confrontation and left the situation before anything bad happened.


This will be worked out with time. If the charges are dropped, does that mean that police are targeting Bengals players? Ric Bucher of ESPN thinks so.


Bucher stated the relationship between Cincinnati police and the city's athletes, claiming that targeting goes on in Cincy.


Even head coach Marvin Lewis claimed his team was being profiled in 2007 when the team had double amount of arrests than wins.


Bucher said that means nothing for the case of Benson, as it happened in Austin, Texas and not Cincinnati.


Cedric Benson has had all of his arrests in Texas. Are the police targeting the half back like Cincinnati has been with its athletes?


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