Ced Benson Got Drunk On A Boat, Pepper Sprayed

Bears RB Cedric Benson ran for 674 yards last season. Last night, Benson tried to run from an arrest and was pepper sprayed for his trouble.

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Benson was boating “with about 12 or 15 others” near Austin, Texas when he failed an abbreviated sobriety test and refused to take a follow-up test on dry land. And then the fun started.


A [River Authority] spokesperson said that Benson, who failed a sobriety “float test” (an abbreviated version of a field sobriety test) on the boat, argued over taking a follow-up test on land and refused to put on a life jacket. LCRA officers attempted to arrest Benson at that time but he refused to cooperate and was pepper sprayed. He was booked at 11:24 p.m. Saturday and is out on a $14,500 bond.

“Anytime we’re talking about one of our players getting arrested, you’re disappointed,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. A spokesperson for the NFL said the league was aware of the situation and is investigating.

Benson was on his 30-foot boat with 12 to 15 others but Benson was the only person to be arrested, police said.

The only one to be arrested? You’re telling me nobody else was drinking? I thought the only reason to go boating was to get totally plastered. You’re telling me that’s illegal? Next thing you’ll tell me is that Lovie Smith is keeping Rex Grossman as his starting quarterback. He is? Oh.