Benson grievance against NFL rejected

Cedric Benson's non-injury grievance against the NFL has been rejected. Benson was suspended earlier this season for three games for conduct that occurred during the lockout. Upon appeal, Benson's suspension was reduced from three games to one game with an additional fine for one week's pay.

In addition to appealing his suspension, Benson filed a non-injury grievance against the league claiming that Commissioner Roger Goodell could not impose discipline during the lockout due to (1) Benson being a free agent not affiliated with any team at the time, and (2) the NFL not having an employer-employee relationship with its players due to a lockout being in place.

The arbitrator found that she did not have jurisdiction to address the issues, agreeing with the NFL that the Personal Conduct Policy remained in effect during the lockout.

Benson will serve his suspension for tomorrow's game between the Bengals and Seahawks.

Benson continues to have an unfair labor practice charge pending against the NFLPA -- his own union -- alleging it breached its duty to fairly represent him by allowing discipline from the NFL for conduct during the lockout.

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