Bengals not involved in assault
ID of players by teen unfounded
BY JIM HANNAH | mailto:JHANNAH@NKY.COM
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Bengals Chris Henry and Reggie McNeal were cleared Friday of any involvement in a roadside altercation in Florence that left a teenage boy with a black eye last week.
Investigators have identified two 21-year-old Florence residents as suspects, Florence Police Capt. Linny Cloyd said during a Friday afternoon press conference. He refused to release the suspects' names.
Henry and McNeal's names became public only after the teen's family spoke with a local television station, Cloyd said.
Investigators were asked to leave the teenager's home Wednesday as they attempted to clarify "discrepancies" in his accounts of the assault, Cloyd said. The victim initially said one of his attackers was white but then said the attacker was black when questioned further.
"The victim and the victim's family is no longer cooperating," Cloyd said.
Henry and McNeal answered the investigators' questions, Cloyd said. The pair told detectives they were at another location in the city when the assault took place, Cloyd said.
The assault allegedly happened shortly after 11 p.m. June 8 at Wetherington Boulevard and Mount Zion Road.
The teenager told investigators he was walking down the road with a friend when a black Cadillac Escalade pulled up and a man jumped out of a passenger-side door and asked if they knew someone. When they said neither of them was the person he was looking for, the driver punched the teenager, he said.
Cloyd said the teen alleges a second man stepped out of the driver's- side door and pushed him to the ground. Investigators reported the teen had bruising around the eye, but Cloyd wasn't sure if he received medical treatment.
When investigators spoke with the teen the next day, the boy handed them a computer printout of Henry's picture downloaded from the Internet and said that was one of the men who attacked him, Cloyd said.
He isn't sure how or why the teenager fingered the wrong people in the assault because the teenager and his family "abruptly" stopped cooperating with investigators.
The Bengals had little to say about the matter Friday.
"There was never even a charge, and we've got nothing more to add," Jack Brennan, the Bengals' public relations director, said.
Cloyd said the teenager would not be charged with filing a false report because investigators confirmed an assault took place.
"Simply naming someone else doesn't rise to the crime of filing a false report," Cloyd said.
Shouldn't be too long before Chris has as many false indictments against him as he does legitimate claims