Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Bengals are tied for second in arrests
By Jamison Hensley
The biggest black mark in a feel-good year for the Cincinnati Bengals has been their frequent run-ins with the law.
Since June of last year, the Bengals are tied with the Detroit Lions for the second-most arrests with five, according to the San Diego Tribune's NFL arrests database. The Minnesota Vikings took the league lead with six when fullback Jerome Felton was arrested over the weekend for drunk driving.
Of the five players who were arrested, only two remain with the Bengals: linebacker Rey Maualuga and cornerback Adam Jones. Two played for the team last season after their arrests (running back Cedric Benson and wide receiver Jerome Simpson) and are no longer with the team. And, as the Cincinnati Enquirer pointed out, one wasn't tendered a contract after his arrest (safety Marvin White).
The Bengals made headlines last month when they decided to retain the rights of undrafted linebacker Brandon Joiner after he was sentenced to three years in prison.
Over the past 12 months, 20 teams have had at least one player arrested. The Steelers have had one (wide receiver Hines Ward) while the Ravens and Browns have had none.