COVINGTON, Ky. -- Bengals receiver Chris Henry was released
from jail Saturday after completing a two-day sentence for letting
minors drink alcohol in a hotel room he had rented.
Henry's guilty plea and two-day sentence settled the last of his
four court cases. He has been arrested four times in the last 14
As part of his two most recent convictions, Henry must avoid
using alcohol and drugs. He also is on probation and must perform
The NFL is likely to suspend Henry for the start of next season.
He was suspended for two games this season after his first two
court cases were settled. Under league policies, any additional
convictions can result in a longer suspension.
Nine Bengals players have been arrested in the last nine months,
and two have been suspended. Henry got the two-game penalty from
the league, and linebacker Odell Thurman was suspended for last
season after failing a drug test and getting arrested for drunken
The Bengals' myriad off-field problems prompted team president Mike Brown to say his staff would take a different approach come draft day in April.
"There may be some gifted athletes we won't pick that we might have picked a year ago," Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Friday, a day after Kenton County District Judge Greg Grothaus told Henry in court that he embarrassed himself, his teammates, friends, family, the city and fans with his actions.
"I've never thought the word 'cancer' was appropriate for a human being," Brown told the newspaper. "People aren't cancerous. They misbehave. I would not use that word. But he deserved to be scolded, and it did not displease me that the judge did that. We're trying to do the same thing with Chris, to send a message to other players."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.