Cincinnati, OH, United States (AHN) – Embattled Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson is reportedly slated to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday relating to assault charges last month.
Benson, 27, was arrested June 29 and charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with an incident at an Austin, Texas bar.
According to police, the Bengals running back allegedly punched a bar employee in the face outside of Annie’s West bar in Austin.
In the reports, Benson, who previously faced criminal charges twice while playing for the Chicago Bears, insisted that he did not commit a crime.
Meanwhile, a confident Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis expects Benson will not be suspended because of the incident, the Cincinnati Enquirer.com reported.
After being released in 2007 by the Bears, who made him the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the former Texas standout came to Cincinnati in 2008.
In 2009, Benson rushed for 1,251 yards and six TD on 301 carries in 13 contests for the Bengals.