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McNeal elbows officer, charged with resisting arrest

HOUSTON -- Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver
Reggie McNeal was arrested in Houston and charged with resisting arrest
after being refused entrance to a nightclub early Sunday.

McNeal, a former Texas A&M quarterback, was arrested outside The
Red Door, said Houston police spokesman Gabe Ortiz on Monday.

Ortiz said McNeal approached two officers who were standing near
the entrance and became unruly when the officers told him the club
was closing. McNeal "became aggressive and started using
profanity" when the officers refused to let him enter, Ortiz said.

McNeal walked away, then approached the officers again and
elbowed one of them in the chest. Officers detected "a strong odor
of alcohol" from McNeal, police said.

McNeal was taken to jail, then released on a $1,000 bond. He was
due in Harris County district court on Friday.

McNeal set an A&M record with 6,992 passing yards and rushed for
1,889 yards, the second-most by an Aggie quarterback. The Lufkin,
Texas, native set a Big 12 record with 213 consecutive passes
without an interception.

McNeal was the Bengals' sixth-round pick and has played
sparingly. The Bengals had the weekend off after their Thursday
night victory over Baltimore.

"We have been informed that Reggie has been arrested," team
spokesman Jack Brennan said. "We don't feel it's appropriate to
comment on a matter that's not resolved."

McNeal is the seventh Bengals player arrested this year.