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Bengals take back their bad boy

Way back in March of this year, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry was arrested after allegedly punching a college student and breaking his car window with a beer bottle. It was Henry's fifth arrest, and he was one of ten Bengals arrested in a 14-month span.

The Bengals released him after that arrest, and owner Mike Brown's commented at the time: "His conduct can no longer be tolerated...the Bengals tried for an extended period of time to support Chris and his potentially bright career. We had hoped to guide him toward an appropriate standard of personal responsibility that this community would support and that would allow him to play in the NFL...but those efforts end today, as we move on with what is best for our team."

Flash-forward to now, and the Bengals' receiver corps is hurting. Chad Johnson suffered a shoulder injury in an exhibition game and T.J. Houshmandzadeh hasn't even been able to work out due to a hamstring injury. So guess who's back with the Bengals? That's right. They re-signed Chris Henry, even though he has to serve a four-game suspension, by which time they theoretically would have both Johnson and Houshmandzadeh back.

Ah, once again the smell of hypocrisy is in the air. No wonder this team, so often overrated by pundits at the start of each year, continues to be a perennial failure. -- Joe Guckin