Cedric Benson Becomes the Third Jail Bird Bungal to Be Arrested

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2011

Benson's mug from earlier in his career.
Benson's mug from earlier in his career.

The NFL lockout coming to an end is something that many NFL fans are getting excited for. You could say it will be like Christmas morning to see the entire season salvaged and players suit up in pads for training camp.

But for Cincinnati Bengals fans, anticipation has been marred by the recent string of arrests of current players, most recently Cedric Benson.

Benson was arrested early Sunday morning in Travis County, Texas, for assault causing bodily injury to a family member. In Texas, that is not a felony charge, but a Class A misdemeanor.

Benson joins the likes of recently-arrested players Marvin White and Adam "Pacman" Jones.

White, a reserve safety, was arrested Thursday in Louisiana when he became verbally abusive at a day care center where he was paying a bill. Reports say he made threats to the employees and used vulgar language in front of the children.

Pacman was arrested for disorderly conduct just a week ago. Reports say Jones was shouting profanities and resisting arrest outside a Cincinnati bar. Jones would later state that he was not drinking at all and could not resist arrest due to the fact that he was healing from a neck injury.

So, is this 2005 all over again?

Not quite; that team actually won some games.

So how will this affect the team once the lockout ends?

Benson, a free agent, will likely get the cold shoulder from other teams, meaning Bengals owner Mike Brown should get a deal on resigning Benson. Jones was thought to be the starting corner this year, as it is expected that Johnathan Joseph will end up exiting Cincy via the free agency route. White is an up-in-the-air guy that many could care less about.

The bigger question is, when do the Bengals and Mike Brown change their image? How long can they exist as the Bungles on the field and street thugs off of it?

As many fans already know, the big problem is Mike Brown. He is too old-school to run a franchise in the 21st century. To let a talented guy like Carson Palmer just retire and get nothing for him is absolutely nuts. Furthermore, it is just as nuts to continue bringing "bad seeds" to the Queen City to join an already-futile franchise.

When the lockout does end, it will be interesting to see how commissioner Roger Goodell deals with these three incidents. It will be even more interesting to see who gets picked up by the police next.

Unfortunately for Bengals fans, they could have more arrests than wins in 2011.