05-21-2007, 04:39 PM
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Re: Another Bengal arrest
Bengals released Nicholson today:
Bengals release Nicholson
By GEOFF HOBSON
May 21, 2007
Updated: 3:05 p.m.
A few hours after A.J. Nicholson pleaded not guilty to a domestic violence charge Monday, the Bengals released the second-year linebacker.
Although the mother of his two-year-old child recanted her statement from Friday that Nicholson hit her, Kenton District Court Judge Douglas Grothaus chose not to drop the case and set a pretrial hearing for May 31, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Also Monday the Bengals said that Chris Henry is in compliance with his legal matters and that Monday’s reports about the embattled wide receiver failing a court drug test “may not be based on complete information.”
Nicholson, 23, was arrested Friday for the second time since the Bengals drafted him in the fifth round 13 months ago when Victoria Johnson said Nicholson hit her in the face.
The Associated Press reported after a police officer saw that the woman had an injury around her eye, Nicholson later showed up at the police station and was arrested.
Two months ago Nicholson pleaded no contest to burglary and grand theft after being charged with stealing electronic equipment and other items from the apartment of a former Florida State teammate last May.
Under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association, teams can only release players for lack of talent.
Even before Friday it’s believed Nicholson would have had a difficult time making the roster.
With the Bengals expected to keep seven linebackers, he was believed to be behind the group of starters, Ahmad Brooks, Ed Hartwell and Rashad Jeanty, as well as Landon Johnson, Caleb Miller, Andre Frazier and Eric Henderson. The Bengals may also need to make room for Odell Thurman because he’s expected to be reinstated from a year-suspension in time for training camp.
Also, undrafted rookie Earl Everett out of Florida is expected to compete for a roster spot. He could be back for next week’s voluntary workouts as he recovers from arthroscopic ankle surgery.
And, Nicholson played in only two games last year.