Jun 13, 2007 12:10 AM
Assault Accusation Against Bengals' Chris Henry
Bengals' wide-receiver Chris Henry is accused of breaking the law again.
9News has learned that Florence police interviewed Henry, along with Bengal Reggie McNeal on Tuesday.
The two football pros may have been involved in assaulting a 16-year-old boy.
The family of the victim shared their story exclusively with 9News Tuesday night.
They talked off-camera because they say they're not ready to publicly show their faces.
But they are angry, alleging that Bengals players Chris Henry, along with a few others, beat the 16-year-old so severely that he had to be treated at the hospital for his injuries.
"It's very obvious," said Captain Linny Cloyd, of the Florence police department. "I've seen the young man. There's no doubt he was assaulted. At this point we're still trying to figure out who is who – where they were."
Police say the 16-year-old and an 18-year-old friend were walking along Wetherington Boulevard near Mt. Zion Road just after 11 p.m. Friday night when, they say a black Navigator or Escalade pulled up next to them.
According to the police report, a white male jumped out and started punching the 16-year-old in the face.
"From that, the victim tells us another gentleman got out of the vehicle the same vehicle and in their attempt to get away, was shoved to the ground by this African American gentleman," said Cloyd.
The teen identified that man as Bengals receiver Chris Henry, and says receiver Reggie McNeill was also in the vehicle.
The teen also alleges that they were throwing beer bottles at him as he tried to run away.
"Go away, we don't want to talk to you."
9News tried to talk to Chris Henry Tuesday night, but no one at his house wanted to talk to us.
Henry lives just a few blocks away from where police say the assault happened.
The victim's family tells 9News that the teen knows Henry and knows his vehicle because he lives in the neighborhood and was friends with Henry's younger brother.
Police questioned Henry Tuesday afternoon and are taking this allegation very seriously.
"We have been in contact with Mr. Henry and Mr. McNeal as to their whereabouts," said Capt. Cloyd. "They deny being in the area, or knowing this gentleman."
Police say they are still following leads and their investigation is on-going.
As for Chris Henry, he's been arrested four times in the past year-and-a-half for marijuana and gun charges, drunk driving and providing alcohol to female minors.
His run-ins with the law got him an eight-game, unpaid suspension this past season.
If these allegation are true, this could spell the end of Chris Henry's career.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that Henry would be banished for life if there were any more mis-steps.