Police charged the 6-foot-5, 302-pound lineman Saturday evening,
saying the 24-year-old struggled with officers trying to handcuff
him and broke away before being shocked with a stun gun. He had
ignored an officer's warning to move his illegally parked car and
then refused to give his identification when asked for it, police
On Monday, Askew's lawyer disputed that version of events,
saying officers shocked Askew at least three times.
"They are trying to make this look like it was all Matthias'
fault ... so they could justify the use of force," attorney Ken
Lawson said. "He always complied."
Askew did not speak during the brief court appearance.
The Bengals generally do not comment on players' pending legal
Askew's arrest came about a week after Bengals owner Mike Brown
issued a statement to reassure fans that the team has standards for
its players. Three other Bengals players have been charged with
criminal offenses in recent months.