Cedric Benson's Assault Trial Postponed Until Late August

On June 29 last year, a report surfaced that Bengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested and charged with assault nearly a month after the incident. According to Benson's attorney, the running back was "asked to take pictures with some female fans" when a man took exception.

"An altercation followed and while Cedric was leaving the club, he was approached by another man aggressively. Believing this man was a friend of the man who had punched him; Cedric attempted to protect himself and continued out of the club. Immediately upon leaving the club, Cedric called the police. He was interviewed by the police and left the area.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who often sidesteps questions about anything off the field, came to Benson's defense saying that his running back was "sucker punched".

The league viewed it as a minor incident, electing not to suspend Benson after the running back and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a "productive discussion."

According to the Austin American-Statesman (via Joe Reedy), Benson's trial has been postponed until August after his lawyer, Sam Bassett, was granted "more time to review some evidence he only recently received from prosecutors."

Bassett said that a delay also gives Benson and prosecutors a chance to talk about a possible plea bargain in the case.

The new trial date is August 29.

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