Bengal Cedric Benson arrested in Texas

Cedric Benson (Source: Austin Police Department)
Cedric Benson (Source: Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN, TX (FOX19) - Bengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested Tuesday morning in Austin, Texas.

A warrant had been issued for his arrest after a bar fight on May 30, 2010. Police say Benson and an unknown subject were involved in a physical disturbance at Annie's West bar in Austin. According to court documents, Benson shoved bar manager Brett Vance after he tried to break up the altercation. A bartender, Bryan White, attempted to help Vance out and advised Benson to stop, and Benson cursed at him.

Benson was asked several times to leave the bar and refused, so he was physically escorted out. Once outside, he tried to re-enter the bar and told a bystander, "All these white boys are ganging up on me and kicking me out."

White replied, "I'm going to take time out of my busy job to kick you out?" That's when police say Benson then punched White in the face.

Benson is charged with one count of misdemeanor assault for the punch to White. He was booked in jail at 7:31 a.m. Tuesday morning and bonded out at 8:37 a.m. on a $5,000 bond.

Benson's hometown is Midland, Texas, and he attended college at the University of Texas. He has been a Bengal since 2008 after playing for the Bears for three seasons. He started 13 games for the Bengals last season.

This is not Benson's first run-in with the law. In 2008, Benson was arrested twice in a month on alcohol charges. While in college at the University of Texas, he pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal trespassing for forcing his way into an apartment to find a television he said was stolen from him.

"We are aware of the incident," said Bengals spokesman P.J. Combs. "We feel it is inappropriate to comment until the incident is resolved through the normal legal system."

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