AUSTIN — Former Texas Longhorns running back and current Cincinnati Bengals player Cedric Benson was arrested in Austin early Sunday. Benson was charged with one count of assault causing bodily injury.
The incident took place at the corner of 5th Street and Guadalupe. According to the arrest affidavit, the victim — a former roommate, Clavens Charles — was on his cell phone at 4:45 a.m.
Charles said a "hostile and aggressive" Benson told him they needed to talk about their problems. He then stated the two began to argue, and that's when Benson allegedly punched him in the left side of his face multiple times.
"The two had difficulties resulting from Mr. Benson asking the former male roommate to leave his home a few days prior to this incident," said Benson's lawyer Sam Bassett in a written statement.
Benson has been arrested three other times in the Austin area.
- In June 2010, Benson was accused of punching a West 6th Street bar employee.
- In May 2008, Lower Colorado River Authority officers charged Benson with boating while intoxicated at Lake Travis.
- In June 2008, Benson was arrested in downtown Austin and charged with driving while intoxicated.
Benson still faces a court date next month in connection with last year's bar fight. Two different grand juries declined to indict Benson in the earlier cases.
"It's unfortunate some of these athletes think they can get away with certain behaviors," said Austin resident Tiffany Miller. "It does not set a good example, and frankly, I'm embarrassed for him."
Sharnell Lydia said Benson "definitely should shape it up, because he is definitely a role model to the students at UT and a role model to kids watching him play professional ball."