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No Suspension for Benson

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed today what Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had asserted all along:  That halfback Cedric Benson would not face disciplinary action from the league stemming from the Austin bar incident.

Here’s the actual statement, courtesy of

“Cedric Benson met last week (July 22) with Commissioner Goodell and members of his staff at the league office in New York to review a recent incident in Austin, Texas. Benson was reminded of his responsibility to take precautions to avoid putting himself at risk when he is in public. He also was informed that based on our current understanding of the facts, no disciplinary action is planned.  “Cedric expressed to us his understanding that NFL players have a special responsibility to meet high standards of conduct,” Commissioner Goodell said. “Like most public figures, Cedric and other NFL players occasionally may find themselves facing risks that other individuals do not.  They must exercise good judgment and restraint when confronted with those risks.  Cedric said he recognizes this and has committed to working hard to make better decisions and avoid any further incidents.  We support him and expect him to be successful in meeting this commitment.”

Benson has stated since his arrest in June on assault charges that he was “sucker punched” by a bar employee and that he was innocent of any transgressions.  He was able to give his side of the story to the Commissioner in a meeting in July.

Benson also made mention of his gratitude and respect for the Bengals organization in his discussions with Goodell, particularly for Owner Mike Brown.

And so the only hiccup in an otherwise superb offseason ends quietly for the Bengals.

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