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Since the mid-2000s, the Bengals have had this image of being a safe haven for criminals, miscreants and other NFL players who have had legal run-ins. From 2005-2008, the amount of Bengal player arrests was staggering and it led to a number of players being suspended and/or booted from the team. It hindered the franchise's growth, as the club had placed some relatively high hopes in these troubled athletes and it blew up in their faces often.
It's difficult to say with certainty as to who gave these troubled players a chance (sometimes a second or third one), but signs point to owner, Mike Brown. With the case of former Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry, Brown notoriously referred to himself as a "redeemer", cementing the team's reputation as being a sanctuary for players that have a checkered past.
That had seemed to dissipate over the last couple of years, but with the earlier news that rookie free agent Brandon Joiner was sentenced to three...