NFL star tackled for loss on the water

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Cedric Benson failed to do his team proud when he allegedly resisted arrest for drunken boating in Texas, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

A running back for the Chicago Bears and a former University of Texas star, Benson was arrested Saturday night after he turned “combative” and “argumentative” when officers from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) performed a safety check on his 37-foot boat at about 11 p.m. on Lake Travis, about 20 miles from Austin, according to the report.

Benson refused a breath test, saying he had not been drinking whereas the other guests on his boat had been. However, it was determined he had failed the “floating” sobriety test for boaters, which includes having the person follow an object with their eyes, recite the alphabet and count down with their fingers. LCRA wanted to bring him ashore to perform more tests, but Benson refused, according to the report.

Benson also refused to put on a life jacket as officers led him onto their vessel, and began arguing with the officers. He was then pepper-sprayed by an officer after displaying himself as a threat, according to the report. When they arrived ashore, Benson refused to leave the vessel, forcing the other officers to drag him to the patrol car and take him to jail. However, Benson says they kicked his feet out from under him so he was face down on the ground and began hosing him in the face.

“Very disappointed,” says Bears coach Lovie Smith about Benson. “You try to wait and get as much information before you make a lot of comments about it, and that’s what I am going to do.”

Benson’s future with the Bears has been uncertain since he fractured his left leg last November. He was released on a $14,500 bond from the Travis County Jail, but has been charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest — misdemeanors punishable up to six months in jail.

— Elizabeth Ellis