Former University of Texas player Cedric Benson was arrested Sunday morning for assault causing bodily injury to a family member, according to jail records. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
According to a police affidavit, Benson and his roommate were arguing about their living arrangements when Benson struck the man on the left side of his face with a closed fist.
The affidavit says Benson continued to strike the victim with several more closed fists, causing severe injury.
The incident took place a little before 5 a.m. at the corner of 5th and Guadalupe. Benson was booked into Travis County jail a short-time later, and was released around 2 p.m. after posting $10,000 bond.
Benson, a former running back for the Longhorns football team, was also arrested in June of last year for assault after he reportedly punched a bartender in the face. Benson denied committing that crime.
Benson currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Statement from Benson’s lawyer, Sam Bassett
Mr. Benson has been charged with misdemeanor assault arising out of a conflict with a former male roommate.
The two had difficulties resulting from Mr. Benson asking the former male roommate to leave his home a few days prior to this incident. The conflict became physical early this morning and we intend to fully investigate. There is not enough information available at this time for further comment. Thank you.