Benson goes on offensive

Cedric Benson had (one of) his days in court yesterday. Benson previously filed claims against both the NFL and the NFL Players Association for discipline imposed on him for conduct during the lockout. While the claim against his own union will be in front of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a while, the appeal in front of the NFL occurred yesterday in New York.

Benson and attorney David Cornwell presented their objections to the NFL's discipline in front of the NFL's hearing officer, Harold Henderson. Henderson is a longtime NFL official who has involved in several previous collective bargaining agreement negotiations, although not the most recent one. Henderson heard the evidence but did not say when he would rule. Benson plays on while under appeal.

Benson not only appealed his discipline but filed a grievance against the NFL. According to an email sent to NFP by Cornwell:

"We also filed a non-injury grievance challenging the application of the NFL's conduct policy to Cedric at a time when there was a lockout, no CBA, no union, and Cedric was not an employee of any team. We believe that the interpretation and enforceability of the side letter agreement between the NFLPA and the NFL must be resolved either through the non-injury grievance or by the NLRB before a decision can be made in the disciplinary appeal."

Sounds like the Cedric Benson case -- in its multiple forms -- has several chapters ahead. Stay tuned.

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