Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Updated: April 3, 11:36 AM ET
Henry accused of striking 18-year-old, breaking car window
CINCINNATI -- Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry surrendered to police late Wednesday night after being accused of punching an 18-year-old man in the face and breaking his car window with a beer bottle.
Henry, 24, was being held in the Hamilton County jail, pending a court appearance Thursday, after being charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal damaging. A warrant for Henry's arrest was issued Wednesday and he surrendered, a police spokesman said.
Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said the team is aware of the charges but declined comment.
Henry, arrested five times since December 2005, was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the first half of last season for repeatedly violating the league's conduct policy.
The player has had a string of problems with police. He most recently was in court last week after being ticketed for driving with expired Kentucky license plates. He paid $149, according to the Hamilton County Municipal Court records.
Court records do not indicate if Henry has hired an attorney in the new case.
The player's agent, Marvin Frazier, said Henry gave him a different version of events but declined to elaborate.
"I was told it didn't happen that way," Frazier said.
According to an affidavit filed in Hamilton County, Henry was identified by Gregory Meyer, whose hometown was not listed, and an eyewitness. The eyewitness claimed Henry punched Meyer on Monday, causing "visible injury." Henry then threw a beer bottle at Meyer's car, breaking the rear passenger window, according to the affidavit.
Henry also pleaded guilty to letting minors drink alcohol in a hotel room he had rented. He served two days in a northern Kentucky jail.
The Bengals issued a statement expressing frustration with Henry when he was in traffic court a year ago for driving with a suspended license.
Following his NFL suspension, Henry caught 21 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns.