The Cincinnati Bengals have been the joke of the NFL in recent years when it comes to housing players with character issues. Any incident that happens, whether minor or major will immediately get an onslaught of media attention as long as that player has been affiliated with the Bengals. There have been players in similar situations that play for other teams that go virtually unnoticed by the press. One recent example of this type of negative publicity is that of former Bengal, Nate Webster who was charged for a sex crime. Note that in the last sentence, I labeled him as ‘former Bengal’ which is exactly what the media has done. They fail to mention that he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2000, traded to the Bengals in 2004, and then went to the Denver Broncos as a free agent in 2006, only spending two seasons of his career in Cincinnati.
Yes, the media do have a point with their assessment of the Bengals players of late. They have failed to stay out of trouble and now the team from Cincinnati is the poster child for off the field incidents involving NFL players. Below is a list of Bengals that have had run-ins with the law within the past 10 years.
Pacman Jones, Chris Henry, Antwan Odom, Marvin White, Cedric Benson, Jerome Simpson, Odell Thurman, Rey Maualuga, Tank Johnson, Maurice Purify, Leon Hall, Ahmad Brooks, Quincy Wilson, A.J. Nicholson, Johnathan Joseph, Deltha O’Neal, Reggie McNeal, Eric Steinbach, Matthias Askew, Frostee Rucker, Justin Smith, Levi Jones, Neil Rackers, Vaughn Booker, Akili Smith, Tremain Mack, Corey Dillon, Darnay Scott, and Steve Foley.