Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Jan 2006

Bengal WR Has More Legal Trouble

Coming out of West Virginia, the knock on Chris Henry was that he had first round talent, but also had some character issues. Henry had a promising rookie year, but he was arrested in December for marijuana possession, and last weekend he was arrested again, this time on three firearms charges. Depending on how things work out with Henry and Sean Taylor, The Longest Yard 2 could be really good.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 31 Jan 2006

19 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2006, 7:35pm by NF

Comments

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by C. Henry (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 12:58pm

It's Kimo von Oelhoefen's fault. He planted the weed and guns on me.

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by Steve Z (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 1:02pm

So, let me get this straight, there are a bunch of cops standing around when Henry gets out his gun and waives it at someone nearby. I’d imagine Henry got a negative number when he took the Wonderlic test!

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by Al (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 1:28pm

Single digit Wonderlic according to ProFootballTalk.com.

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by James, London (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 1:30pm

I'll bet he's sorry he didn't "waive" his gun.

"I'm sorry, I've got this gun I don't want anymore. Please, you have it"

He'd be in a lot less trouble than he is now.

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by Walt (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 1:30pm

Thanks to injury (Palmer) and stupidity (Henry) it looks like John Kitna and Kelly Washington might be in line for better then expected FA $ this offseason.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 2:09pm

When cops are giving the direct eyewitness testimony to the alleged assault, and the weapon has been recovered, the chances of a conviction are about as good as Jerome Bettis' parents appearing on camera during the game on Sunday. Furthermore, there is no reason at all for the prosecuter to use a light touch in a case like this, and all sorts of career and politically-driven reasons to go overboard in the other direction.

Henry would be well-advised to cut as good a deal as he can, which may not be much, as soon as he can, thus getting him out of jail as young as possible, if he wants to salvage his career. I haven't kept up with it; how strong is the case against the Redskins' gun-waving (allegedly) defensive back?

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by MNRX (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 2:39pm

The case against Taylor is much less strong; the only witnesses are the people who allegedly stole his ATV (which led to the alleged gun-waving), and according to PFT, some of their statements conflict with each other on whether Taylor actually pulled a piece.It's not certain that Sean Taylor's going to walk, but the case is nowhere near as open-and-shut as this one with Henry seems to be.

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by J (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 3:01pm

THe last Steeler to score a SB TD....Bam Morris. He just recently got out of prison for having a small quantity of pot...I forget what it was, but more than 100lbs.!!

These players; Henry, Taylor, Morris, etc. must have rocks for brains.

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by Ron Mexico (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 3:13pm

I heard the Ravens want to trade Derrick Mason to the Bungles for Henry. They feel Henry's fire and spirit will help finally help Kyle Boller to reach Trent Dilfer levels...

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by Bob (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 4:27pm

Chris Henry was born to be a Raven. Maybe when he gets out of jail in 20 years they can sign him. He'd be their best receiver, even at age 45

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by NF (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 7:30pm

Chris Henry seems intent on competing with Reggie Williams, Charles Rogers, and Freddie Mitchell for the biggest WR bust of the last 6 years.

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by Smeghead (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 8:17pm

Except that Henry was a mid-third round pick. Sort of cripples his chances in the all-time-bust derby.

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by Potomac .Drainage Basin Indigenous Person (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 10:28pm

Do episodes like this affect a player's on-field performance? Jamal Lewis aside, of course. It's easy to make fun of the guy, but come next year, will it matter?

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by Potomac .Drainage Basin Indigenous Person (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 10:30pm

I also read on Deadspin that Henry was wearing his own jersey when this happened. That's awesome!

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by Harris (not verified) :: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 10:33pm

Re: #9 Not true, Ron. Henry is going to be catching passes from your kid brother, who is clearly destined to be a Raven.

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by jimmo (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 1:29am

RE:13, it will matter next year when Henry is in jail and not playing football. Of course, based on your psuedonym, you may be commenting on Sean Taylor; if so, I'd agree that there will be minimal on-field fallout next year.

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by jimmo (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 2:13am

re:13 again, sorry for the double-post, but now I'm curious about the on-field consequences. I'd say off-field craziness affected Rae Carruth; Randy Moss had his worst year in 2002, when he had a run-in with a cop; Ahman Green was an ineffective then injured flop last year following a domestic violence arrest; and of course you mention Jamal Lewis.

On the other hand, Ray Lewis and the Ravens won the Super Bowl the season following his escapades; Mike Doss and the Colts didn't appear to suffer too greatly this year (until the recently stabbed Nick Harper couldn't/didn't run away from Roethlisberger!), and numerous minor transgressions didn't appear to damage the Chiefs much this year.... interesting question. I guess I have a Peter King-type response: Sometimes it matters, sometimes it doesn't.

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by Guy Poland (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 12:22pm

Well the lake Minnetonka incident clearly didn't affect the Vikes this year *smirk* ...

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by NF (not verified) :: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 7:35pm

12:

Doh! I confused him with Braylon Edwards. I'll admit that this is not the first time I have confused the Browns and the Bengals.

And I should have remembered that, as at one point in my FFL I was so desperate for a decent WR I signed and played him for a game. It did not work out well.