Henry catching a break

Bill's Rant

August 20, 2008|By BILL ORDINE

When athletes, such as wide receiver Chris Henry, get in trouble with the law for the second, the third, the fourth time and so on, the reasonable question is: When will they ever learn?

Henry was suspended for two games for bad off-field behavior in 2006 and for eight games in 2007. Finally, after another arrest in March, the Cincinnati Bengals cut their ties with their repeat-offender wide receiver and the NFL chimed in with a four-game suspension in the event Henry signed with a team for 2008.

Henry's latest legal scuffle - he was charged with assault and breaking a car window with a bottle - ended in a mistrial and the charges were dropped. And stunningly, despite Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis' adamant stance just last month that he was through with Henry, the Bengals have signed him after their two star receivers, Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, were banged up in training camp.

All of which raises this question of the Bengals - when will they ever learn?

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