LeCharles Bentley scores court win as he pursues Browns

Score a victory for LeCharles Bentley against the Cleveland Browns.

An Ohio appeals court ruled in favor of the team’s former center, according to the Associated Press, saying the Browns cannot force him into NFL arbitration to stop a lawsuit. Bentley is pursuing the Browns in court because of a career-ending staph infection he says he contracted at the club’s year-round facility.

The Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals upheld a Cuyahoga County court ruling, aiding Bentley in the process. Bentley claims he suffered the staph infection while rehabilitating from a separate knee injury at the club’s facility in Berea. He has accused the team of persuading him to work out there and not telling him about unsanitary conditions and other players who had contracted staph. Bentley’s lawyer contends the infection nearly killed his client.

Bentley had a $36 million, six-year contract with the Browns and never played for them. The staph infection damaged tendons in his knee. Per the report, at least six Browns players contracted staff. Former wide receiver Joe Jurevicius settled a similar lawsuit with the team in 2010.

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