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05-04-2008, 03:05 PM
Bears RB Benson arrested, pepper sprayed
Posted: May 4, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson failed a sobriety test while operating a 30-foot boat, then resisted arrest before being hit with pepper spray and dragged ashore by officers.

Benson faces charges of boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest after the incident Saturday night on Lake Travis, Travis County Sheriff's Department spokesman Roger Wade said.

Benson was released from jail early Sunday on a $14,500 bond. A call to Benson's agent was not immediately returned.

Benson was operating the boat with 15 passengers aboard when he was stopped by a Lower Colorado River Authority officer for a random safety inspection. He failed a field sobriety test on the officer's boat and was uncooperative when the officer tried to take him ashore, the authority said.

"When Benson did not pass the test, he presented himself as a threat to the officer and argued about whether or not he would be taken to land to have a follow-up field sobriety test performed on land and refused to put on a life jacket," the authority said in a statement.

The officer had to use pepper spray to subdue Benson. He then refused to leave the officer's boat and authorities had to drag him to a car to be taken to the Travis County jail, the authority said.

Benson has had legal problems before.

He was sentenced to eight days in jail in 2003 for a misdemeanor trespassing charge after forcing his way into an apartment to look for a reported stolen TV. In 2002, misdemeanor drug and alcohol charges against him were dropped.

Benson rushed for more than 5,500 yards and 64 touchdowns at the University of Texas, going for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons.

The 25-year-old has done little since the Bears took him with the fourth pick of the 2005 draft.

As a rookie he couldn't beat out Thomas Jones and rushed for 272 yards in nine games. He was more effective the next season while sharing time with Jones, going for six touchdowns and 647 yards.

Last year, Benson took over as the featured back after Jones was traded away. He rushed for 674 yards, four touchdowns and 3.4 yards a carry before going on injured reserve in November.

In three years with the Bears, Benson has rushed for 1,593 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards a carry. He's also missed 13 games.

05-04-2008, 03:08 PM
trade him to the bengals now Lovie..lol

Black@Gold Forever32
05-04-2008, 03:18 PM
Benson is a bum.....Matt Forte will be starting for the Bears early in the season.....

05-04-2008, 03:43 PM
Benson is a bum.....Matt Forte will be starting for the Bears early in the season.....

You are right on the money....they should have known they had a "headcase" when Benson stated after he was drafted that Ricky Williams was a roll model to him.

Forte has something that Benson will never have....DESIRE.

05-04-2008, 03:54 PM
Ricky Williams part deux. Bust.

There must be something about these Texas RB's.

05-04-2008, 05:17 PM
Rookie hold out - check
Out of shape for first training camp - check
Under achieve in first season - check
Lose carries to a free agent who was third string on his previous team - check
Under achieve once again after that free agent is moved - check
Average less than 3 1/2 yards per carry - check
Get busted and then resist arrest - check

Mr. Benson, please take a seat next to William Green and Maurice Clarrett. Don't call us, we'll call you.

Galax Steeler
05-05-2008, 05:23 AM
Benson isn't that good anyway time to get rid of him and in with Forte.

05-05-2008, 10:35 AM
here is his mug shot..

Dino 6 Rings
05-05-2008, 12:52 PM
Nice Head....Lettuce!!!

05-05-2008, 01:32 PM
Chicago will be just fine using Peterson and Forte, they will be better off without him.

That team tried to ride its defense to a Super Bowl and would have succeeded if it weren't for those meddling kids.

I can't believe Grossman has survived as long as he has. Say what you will about his ability to sometimes have good games, the guy is a loser. Olin Kruetz is one of the best centers in the game. I can't believe all those botched snaps were his fault.

The Bears need to rebuild the offense. Cutting Benson will be a nice start.