Bengals DB Leon Hall Enters a Not Guilty Plea

Zane DanielsCorrespondent IApril 10, 2009

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 28:  Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 28, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

According to ESPN.com, Bengals corner Leon Hall entered a plea of not guilty at his court appearance earlier today. Hall was arrested after driving with a blood alcohol content of .149 when the legal limit is .08 on Sunday.

It's curious that he would enter a not guilty plea after failing breathalyzer and field sobriety tests. Typically not guilty pleas in DUI cases stem from an error in paperwork on the arresting officer's part.

I can't say if that's the case this time around but after looking at Hall's file online the only error I could find in the paperwork was that he was listed as blond. Then again I am not a lawyer or a good judge of fashionable hair colors.

This plea could also have something to do with his wife going into labor but I don't see how that argument would sway any judge. The fact is that the Bengals have a service for players to get immediate rides should they need it and someone with the networking and monetary resources of an NFL player shouldn't have a problem finding a ride.

It's sad that one of the more intelligent and promising players on the Bengals roster made a bad decision to drive but that is what it was, a bad decision.

You would face a formidable challenge of finding a person of Hall's age who drinks and who didn't at some point decide to drive after having more than they should.

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