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Bad News Bears ( ... and Bengals)

Aug. 07, 2006
Aug. 07, 2006

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Bad News Bears ( ... and Bengals)

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Training campsare open, and NFL players are back to creating mayhem on the field--which isnot to say that all of them took a break in the off-season. At least 25 playerson 17 of the league's 32 teams had brushes with the law, the misdeeds rangingfrom domestic assault (the Browns' Reuben Droughns, Steelers rookie SantonioHolmes) to resisting arrest (the Chargers' Steve Foley and Shaun Phillips) todisorderly conduct (Holmes again) to excessive street dancing (the Eagles'Dhani Jones). But the blotters of two teams, the Bengals and Bears, standout.

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Bengals

 Bears
Wideout Chris Henry (right) kicked off his troubled off-season with anarrest for allegedly pulling a gun during an altercation in Orlando. His trialon concealed weapon and aggravated assault charges begins on Aug. 21.

WEAPONS
Cornerback Daven Holly was arrested in February after a shot was fired fromhis SUV on Chicago's North Side. Holly, who was driving, wasn't the triggermanbut was charged with unlawful use of a weapon. The Bears cut him in June.
More Henry: He pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in March, got pickedup for drunken driving in June and later that month pleaded not guilty toproviding alcohol to three underage women at a Covington, Ky., hotel.

DRUGSEmployees of a Chicago bar called police on July 22 when tight end JohnGilmore refused to leave. He was cited for trespassing, resisting arrest--and,since he had a small amount of marijuana, pot possession.
In June rookie defensive end Frostee Rucker was charged with spousalbattery and vandalism for allegedly hitting his girlfriend and damaging herBlackBerry and cellphone in August 2005. He's due to be arraigned on Aug.11.

ASSAULTIn April cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. was arrested for assault after he andfriends allegedly attacked a man at an L.A. Denny's. He pleaded notguilty.
On July 22 defensive tackle Matthias Askew ignored a Cincinnati cop's orderto move his illegally parked car; he struggled to avoid handcuffs, was Tasered,then charged with resisting arrest and obstructing police business.

TRAFFICDefensive tackle Tank Johnson allegedly scuffled with an officer ticketinghis limo, which was double-parked outside a Chicago club. Battery and resistingarrest charges were dropped--good news for Johnson, who was on probation for agun charge.

 

FIVE PHOTOSSCOTT BOEHM/GETTY IMAGES (ASKEW); WARREN WIMMER/US PRESSWIRE (JOHNSON); JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES (MANNING); DAVID DUROCHIK/SPORTSPICS (GILMORE); DAN BEINEKE/WIREIMAGE.COM (HENRY)