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Marvin Lewis: 'Cincy Police Profile Players'

May 24, 2007 – 2:10 PM
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Well, it looks like Cincinnati-area law enforcement officials have been, um, racial Bengals profiling. How else can you explain all the arrests? You know, other than the fact that Marvin Lewis's roster is full of guys who routinely break the law. Anyway, during an interview with ESPN radio's Dan Patrick, Lewis offered this:
"I think there's profiling, no question... We're (Cincinnati) a small place - our guys stand out, and they know that, and you've got to do things the right way. But when you are arrested for, or you are pulled over for, not putting on your turn signal, there's something wrong there.

Many people make right turns without putting on their turn signals and it's unfortunate that we've had a guy that's pulled over for not putting on his turn signal."
Lewis is referring specifically to Chris Henry, who was pulled over last week for -- you guessed it -- not using his turn signal. Henry was later alleged to have failed a drug test, but those reports were wrong. When Lewis says things like "our guys stand out," it makes you wonder what exactly he means. (Actually, no it doesn't, but that's a whole other can of worms.)

For all the off-field silliness that has gone on in Cincinnati the past two seasons, I'm not sure Lewis' message is the best one for this team. Yeah, Cincy is a small town, and yeah, the cops probably know who the professional athletes are (they do have access to the mugshots database, right?), but isn't it on the players to be extra vigilant when it comes to following the law? Getting pulled over for not using a turn signal is ticky tack, I agree. But here's an idea: just use your turn signal. And wear your seat belt while you're at it. At least Henry wasn't packing heat or driving drunk, I guess. Though no word on if he was wearing his jersey.

Seriously, instead of Lewis suggesting that police are too quick to make a traffic stop, maybe he should remember that his players have a little something to do with Cincy's two-year crime surge.

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