AUSTIN - Cedric Benson, the former standout running back at the University of Texas and Midland Lee who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals, was arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching a bar employee in the face nearly a month ago.
Benson was booked into the Travis County jail where he later posted $5,000 bail and was released. The charge of assault with injury carries a maximum potential penalty of up to $4,000 in fines and up to a year in jail.
According to the Austin police arrest affidavit, Benson was at Annie’s West bar in the Sixth Street entertainment district on May 30 when he got into an altercation with another, unknown bar patron that left him spitting blood from a cut lip. After staff intervened, witnesses told police Benson shoved a bar worker and was verbally abusive. After being asked to leave, Benson was escorted to the door.
“As they took him outside, he continued to push and shove,” Senior Police Officer Veneza Aguinaga said.
Bartender Bryan White told police that once outside, Benson complained to people passing by that “all these white boys are ganging up on me and kicking me out.”
White said he told Benson he wouldn’t take time out of his night just to kick him out, then Benson punched him in the face.