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BlackNGold203
07-15-2006, 10:29 AM
CINCINNATI -- Bengals owner Mike Brown defended the team's decision to take another player with a troubled background in the NFL's supplemental draft, a move that has raised questions about the team's standards.



The Bengals chose linebacker Ahmad Brooks in the supplemental draft Thursday. Brooks played at Virginia for three seasons, but was later kicked off the team. The university didn't give specifics about the decision.



Second-year receiver Chris Henry and 2006 draft picks Frostee Rucker and A.J. Nicholson have been charged with criminal offenses in recent months. When they drafted them, the Bengals were aware that all three got into trouble during their college careers.



In an unusual move, Brown issued a statement Friday reassuring fans that the team has standards for its players.



"We want our fans to know that we share their concerns regarding the recent off-field conduct of several Bengals players," Brown said. "We expect our players to be good citizens, as most are, and we hold them accountable for their conduct under team and league rules."



Brown defended the decision to take Brooks, noting that there are no pending allegations against him.



"The club's judgment is that any past transgressions were insufficient to deny him an opportunity to prove himself as a responsible NFL player," Brown said.



The Bengals drafted Henry in the third round last year despite his history of run-ins with coaches at West Virginia, where he was ejected, benched and suspended. Henry has been arrested four times since joining the Bengals.



Last month, Henry pleaded not guilty to charges that he provided alcohol to three underage females. He also faces a drunken driving charge in suburban Cincinnati, and is scheduled for trial Aug. 21 in Florida on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.



Nicholson, a fifth-round pick in April, was charged last month with burglarizing the apartment of a former Florida State teammate. He also faces grand theft and vandalism charges in Florida.



Also last month, Rucker was charged with two counts of spousal battery and vandalism in Los Angeles. The third-round pick has denied the allegations.



Coach Marvin Lewis said before the April draft that he would "red flag" any players who had trouble with their coaches or teammates in college. He has defended the team's subsequent draft picks.



DENIAL....it aint just a river in Egypt!!!!!!!

:dang: :dang: :dang:

floodcitygirl
07-15-2006, 11:16 AM
From what I've heard and read in the editorials, even the folks here in Cincy are questioning all of this. Cincy is overall a fairly conservative town and most want to feel good about their players off the field. However, I also get the impression that for many people, they ultimately want a winning team....now.... even if that means that they accept people with "character" issues. :rolleyes:

BlackNGold203
07-15-2006, 11:19 AM
From what I've heard and read in the editorials, even the folks here in Cincy are questioning all of this. Cincy is overall a fairly conservative town and most want to feel good about their players off the field. However, I also get the impression that for many people, they ultimately want a winning team....now.... even if that means that they accept people with "character" issues. :rolleyes:


i understand...but you CAN have both.....*STEELERS*....(possibly sans Santonio)

floodcitygirl
07-15-2006, 11:29 AM
i understand...but you CAN have both.....*STEELERS*....(possibly sans Santonio)TOTALLY agree!!! They just haven't had a whole lot of success over the years....with either one! Being a lifetime Steelergirl myself, I cannot relate to their dilemma only empathize..........................NAAAAAAAAHHHHHH HHHH!!! :sofunny:

Livinginthe past
07-15-2006, 01:09 PM
"We want our fans to know that we share their concerns regarding the recent off-field conduct of several Bengals players," Brown said. "We expect our players to be good citizens, as most are, and we hold them accountable for their conduct under team and league rules."

The guy is talking complete nonsense and obviously thinks football fans have below average intelligence.

It is obvious to just about everyone, including Bengal fans, that the recent draft history is one of talented players with character issues.

If he had been honest and stated that he thinks he is getting value for these picks (they are getting them at a relatively good value in the draft) and that he expects the Bengals organisation to turn them around I would have had some respect for him, as it is just saying it does not make it so.

I think it is a poor strategy for reasons I highlighted in another post - with this crop of troubled players they wont taste success now or in the future.

NM

X-Terminator
07-15-2006, 02:17 PM
Win at all costs, even if they field a team full of troublemakers and criminals...seems to be the Bengals' official credo now.

Bengal fans CANNOT be happy with this. Yes, they have hungered for a winner for a long time, but do they seriously want a team with this kind of image? They are turning into the laughingstock of the league again, but this time for very different reasons, and Mike Brown apparently doesn't care. Paul Brown must be spinning in his grave.

slashsteel
07-15-2006, 08:32 PM
They are basically taking over for the ratbird felonites. I know they wanted to compete within our divison but this is ridiculous!

MasterOfPuppets
07-15-2006, 08:55 PM
"We want our fans to know that we share their concerns regarding the recent off-field conduct of several Bengals players," Brown said. "We expect our players to be good citizens, as most are, and we hold them accountable for their conduct under team and league rules."

The guy is talking complete nonsense and obviously thinks football fans have below average intelligence.

It is obvious to just about everyone, including Bengal fans, that the recent draft history is one of talented players with character issues.

If he had been honest and stated that he thinks he is getting value for these picks (they are getting them at a relatively good value in the draft) and that he expects the Bengals organisation to turn them around I would have had some respect for him, as it is just saying it does not make it so.

I think it is a poor strategy for reasons I highlighted in another post - with this crop of troubled players they wont taste success now or in the future.

NMnot football fans...bengal fans!!! :sofunny:

MNsteelers
07-16-2006, 12:06 AM
"We want our fans to know that we share their concerns regarding the recent off-field conduct of several Bengals players," Brown said. "We expect our players to be good citizens, as most are, and we hold them accountable for their conduct under team and league rules."

The guy is talking complete nonsense and obviously thinks football fans have below average intelligence.

It is obvious to just about everyone, including Bengal fans, that the recent draft history is one of talented players with character issues.

If he had been honest and stated that he thinks he is getting value for these picks (they are getting them at a relatively good value in the draft) and that he expects the Bengals organisation to turn them around I would have had some respect for him, as it is just saying it does not make it so.

I think it is a poor strategy for reasons I highlighted in another post - with this crop of troubled players they wont taste success now or in the future.

NM

Agreed. Props to you. But I don't think anyone mentioned this, which is the highlight of my sporting life after Feb. 5, 2006 (and anything related to Francisco Liriano)

I was out on business and stopped into a sports bar for a sandwich before going back to the office on Thursday. I see the "breaking news" logo on ESPNEWS telling me about the Cincinnati Reds inexplicably trading a .270, 20 HR and 60 RBI guy for basically nothing, but the true breaking news wasn't even out of the municipal limits of that puzzling town.

On the ticker, I read "Cincinnati Bengals draft Ahmad Brooks with a third round pick in the supplemental draft," and IMMEDIATELY after that, I read "Cincinnati LB Odell Thurman suspended for four games for violation of the league's substance abuse policy."

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! This is worse than the Ravens! Seriously, is it a coincidence Pittsburgh's ONLY off-season issue in the last 10 years is a drafted wide receiver with baby-momma-drama and a penchant to walk on the street, while the team won a Super Bowl and being the best team in the division in that time? I think not.

As I heard from a very drunk and blunt guy earlier this off-season, "I want to hear nothing anymore from you Cincy f*ckers. You got NUTHIN', so just sit down and shut up. Ok? Thanks..."

SteelerMurf
07-16-2006, 08:58 AM
From what I've heard and read in the editorials, even the folks here in Cincy are questioning all of this. Cincy is overall a fairly conservative town and most want to feel good about their players off the field. However, I also get the impression that for many people, they ultimately want a winning team....now.... even if that means that they accept people with "character" issues. :rolleyes:

I have visited some fantasy football sites where some Bengal fans are embarassed.

Imagine going from Palmer as the face of your franchise to a bunch of criminals. Perceptions is everything and Cincy is now known for their prison stripes. Nice job Marvin.

HometownGal
07-16-2006, 09:22 AM
The AFC North is starting to remind me of.....

http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/animalhouse/group2lg.jpg

lamberts-lost-tooth
07-16-2006, 11:22 AM
The AFC North is starting to remind me of.....

http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/animalhouse/group2lg.jpg

Todays starting lineup:

QB...Bluto
RB...D-day
FB...Flounder
WR..Otter
WR..Pinto
TE...Boone

CAH
07-16-2006, 11:29 AM
Mike Brown must have seen the movie The Longest Yard and thinks that with a team of prisoners, he can also have a winning team.

It was a movie, Mike. Got that? A movie.

BB2W
07-16-2006, 11:57 AM
I know the Steelers didn't have a very smooth off-season, but check this out...

link: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060716/SPT02/607160390/1066/SPT