Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Henry for the first eight games of the season on Tuesday, part of a tougher league approach to player misconduct. Tennessee cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was suspended for the entire season.
The two players from West Virginia have become the face of NFL player misbehavior. Henry was arrested four times in a 14-month span, and served two days in jail last January after pleading guilty to letting minors drink alcohol in a hotel room he had rented.
The team had become exasperated with Henry's repeated problems, most recently his citations for traffic violations last month, including driving with a suspended license.
“We support the commissioner's ruling,” coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “And while we regret the circumstances that called for it, it's good for both Chris and the Bengals to have the matter resolved.
“Our team will move forward, and now it is up to Chris to acquire a more mature understanding of his responsibilities as a player for the Bengals and a representative of the NFL.”
Last year, the Bengals became synonymous with player misconduct. Nine players were arrested during a nine-month span, even though Goodell had visited Cincinnati and warned the team to stay out of trouble.