The court of public opinion has had Cedric Benson on trial for a week now.
General manager Jerry Angelo took his turn judging the running back Saturday night at the Bears’ black-tie fundraiser at Soldier Field.
Benson’s guilty, at least when it comes to proper judgment.
That’s what Angelo said in his first comments about the arrest of the former No. 4 overall pick from 2005. Benson was busted May 3 on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, charged with drunk boating and resisting arrest. They are allegations he vehemently denies. Benson claims he was sober and was roughed up by police for no reason, that he was fully cooperative even after being sprayed in the face with pepper spray.
``The thing that I am most disappointed is the fact that he put himself in a position to be the victim,’’ Angelo said. ``That’s the disappointment. He’s done a real fine job in the offseason, obviously this makes big storylines. That’s not good for business. But unfortunately we’re having to deal with it and as I said, we’ll just wait and see how all the facts present themselves.
``He put himself in a position. Obviously, he knows he is going to be held to a higher standard. All athletes know that. Particularly those that are high profile like him. That’s his hometown, everybody knows him. Again, it is what it is and we’ll deal with it from here on out.’’
Angelo said the team has no plans to cut Benson and the Bears are anxious to see him on the field this summer.
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