AUSTIN, Texas - Bengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested early Sunday morning for what police say was an assault on a family member.
Benson was booked into the Travis County, Texas jail just before 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The arrest record says he was booked for "Assualt causing bodily injury to a family member". The offense is classified as a "Class A" misdemeanor offense.
A statement from Benson's lawyer, Sam Bassett, conflicts with the police's account of the incident.
Bassett's statement, released Sunday afternoon is as follows:
"Mr. Benson has been charged with misdemeanor assault arising out of a conflict with a former male roommate. The two had difficulties resulting from Mr. Benson asking the former male roommate to leave his home a few days prior to this incident. The conflict became physical early (Sunday) morning and we intend to fully investigate. There is not enough information available at this time for further comment."
Benson was released from the Travis County Jail around 2 p.m. Central Standard Time Sunday.
This is not Benson's first legal incident. He was charged in June of 2010 with assault in a bar incident in the Austin area. Benson had a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the incident and Goodell did not take disciplinary action. There was a trial scheduled to begin Monday on that incident, however, it recently had been postponed until August 29.
Because of the NFL Lockout, the Bengals are not allowed to comment on situations such as this.
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