CINCINNATI -- Chris Henry got a judge's lecture and a
two-day jail sentence after settling the last of his four court
cases Thursday, putting the Cincinnati Bengals receiver in line for
another suspension from the NFL.
Henry drew a two-game suspension this season for violating the
league's conduct and substance abuse policies, and could get a
harsher punishment for his latest convictions.
"We are reviewing this and will take appropriate disciplinary
action in due course," spokesman Steve Alic said.
Henry has become the symbol of Cincinnati's extensive off-field
problems -- nine players arrested in the last nine months, two of
them suspended by the league during the season. Henry had four
arrests in the last 14 months.
He avoided jail time in the first three cases, but was taken to
the Kenton County Jail in northern Kentucky on Thursday after a
judge accepted his guilty plea for letting minors drink in a hotel
room he rented last spring.
"You embarrassed yourself," Kenton County District Judge Greg
Grothaus told Henry. "You embarrassed a lot of people, teammates,
friends and family, the city, the fans and myself."
Grothaus gave Henry a 90-day sentence, and suspended all but two
days. Prosecutor Ken Easterling wanted Henry to spend some time in
"Looking at his history and the amount of times he's gone
before other courts and not gotten jail time, the reason we sought
jail time was to send a very clear message to him that this is
going to be the response every time you get in trouble in our
community," Easterling said. "So I hope, as the judge indicated,
that he gets the message."
When the Bengals' season ended with an 8-8 mark, coach Marvin
Lewis sent the message that he was cracking down on player
misconduct. Since then, cornerback Johnathan Joseph has been
arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
Six of the Bengals' picks from the last two drafts have been
charged with crimes.
"It's good that this case involving Chris has been resolved,"
Lewis said in a statement. "Now Chris must continue to strive to
mature and grow both as a player and as a person."
In the last two days, Henry accepted plea agreements to end the
last two court cases against him.
In neighboring Clermont County, he entered a guilty plea on
Wednesday to reckless operation of a vehicle. He was arrested last
June on a drunken-driving charge, but the results of a breath test
were thrown out because the machine was improperly calibrated.
Henry had registered 0.092 on the blood-alcohol test, above the
state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
He was fined $250, given a suspended 30-day jail sentence and
prohibited from using alcohol or drugs as part of the agreement. He
will have to take random drug tests.
Henry's lawyer, Bob Lotz, declined to comment. Clermont County
prosecutor Don White said the plea agreement was offered some time
"His attorney is trying to put everything together, get
everything taken care of at one time," White said.
On Thursday, Henry settled the case involving underaged
drinking. He originally was charged with three counts of unlawful
transactions with a minor.
Police said he brought alcohol for three females -- ages 18, 16
and 15 -- in a Covington, Ky., motel room on April 29. One of the
three, Monica Beamon, 18, was charged with murder in Cincinnati
Witnesses said Henry was not drinking and did not buy the
alcohol. He pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor violation of a
city ordinance commonly referred to as a "keg law."
As part of his sentence, Henry has to give speeches to high
school and middle school students in the area.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been troubled by the Bengals'
series of arrests. When he visited the team last September, he
reminded them of their responsibility to stay out of trouble.
A few days later, linebacker Odell Thurman was arrested on a
drunken-driving charge, and Henry was a passenger. Thurman, already
serving a four-game suspension for skipping a drug test, had the
punishment extended to the full season.
Henry wasn't charged in that matter, but got a two-game
suspension for his marijuana and weapon cases that were already
settled. He could receive a longer suspension for the two latest