Henry's fiancee says he changed her life

NFL Notes

December 23, 2009|By From Sun news services

Chris Henry's fiancee wept as she spoke about the late Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tuesday, saying that while she often got credit for steering him clear of trouble, he had changed her life as well.

Henry, 26, was killed after he fell out of the bed of a pickup truck driven by his fiancee, Loleini Tonga, during what police have called a domestic dispute. Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed.

Tonga, wearing sunglasses, repeatedly paused to gather herself as she spoke to hundreds of mourners at his funeral, including Henry's teammates, who filled the stands at a suburban New Orleans events center. Tonga professed eternal love for Henry and promised to raise their children the way he would have wanted.

"Can't nobody know the way I'm feeling right now. No one can explain the relationship that me and Chris had. In six years of knowing each other - through hard times, good times - we loved each other very much," she said. "People say I helped change his life. No, he changed mine."

Mourners clapped briefly as Tonga slowly made her way back to her front row seat.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Bengals players, coaches and members of the front office, as well as other NFL players, including New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, were among those who attended. The Bengals wore black buttons on their lapels with Henry's No. 15. Many from Henry's hometown of Belle Chasse wore red ribbons with a small photo of Henry that read: "In loving memory" and "Chris 'Slim' Henry."

Speaking before the service, Goodell said Henry would be remembered as a good person who made mistakes, then sought to better himself.

BILLS: Cornerback Terrence McGee will have season-ending surgery to repair a rotator cuff injury.

BROWNS: Quarterback Brady Quinn will miss Cleveland's final two games with a foot injury. Derek Anderson will start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

SAINTS: Kicker John Carney, a 21-year NFL veteran who signed with the Saints in August for his second stint with the team, was cut. Carney had been inactive for the past two games, with second-year pro Garrett Hartley taking over.

STEELERS: Wide receiver Joey Galloway has been added to the roster as the replacement for Limas Sweed, who was placed on injured reserve.

LEGAL: A former UPS driver has sued Joe Namath, alleging he was attacked by the Hall of Fame quarterback's dogs while making a delivery at his Florida home.

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