In a Seattle-area hotel room in Oct. 1990 the Cincinnati Bengals reputation would take its first hit when a woman known only as Victoria C. claimed to be raped by 20 Bengals’ players. It made worldwide news. Shortly after, the team smartly released pretty much every player involved. Gone – but the damage was done.
Victoria C. was the first smear on the team’s rap sheet before a rash of player arrests between 2006 – 07.
The team and its fans have boldly weathered those legal storms with the arrival of disciplinarian DC Mike Zimmer, and the long-awaited purging of Chad Stupid Name, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and a few other trouble-makers.
Enter the Dalton-Green Era.
Rookie sensations Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, as well as good-guy, team-comes-first’ers like Leon Hall, Damato Peko, Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, etc., have given the team second life. All’s good.
On the eve of Training Camp ’12, and after putting the kibosh to testy RB CedBen and WR Munchies Simpson , the team has an open-field opportunity to rid itself of the two remaining criminals – Rey Maualuga and Pacman Jones (I’ll probably take flake for suggesting dumping two potential ’12 contributors – be that as it may, I say Rey has been marginal at best, and Pacman is always one titty bar shootout from the patty wagon).
Not that Maualuga is better at ML than Jones is at CB, because he isn’t – but Rey would probably be missed more, since the team is thinner at linebacker. But I don’t care. I dream of the day Cincinnati has not a criminal on the roster. Not a felon in stripes. I’m hoping for squeaky clean, or at least Dalton-Green Clean.
Good bye Rey. You, too, P-man. Fingers crossed.