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Players could face tougher penalties for misbehavior

Off-field incidents involving players have brought the NFL under intense scrutiny, Greg Garber writes. Could tougher penalties for bad behavior be next?

Updated: March 14, 2007, 5:24 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Chris Henry, shorn of his familiar dreadlocks and wearing a black leather jacket with a fur-trimmed hood, stood silently in front of the judge.

The Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver pled guilty to an alcohol-related charge in late January, after supplying three underage females in a Kentucky hotel room. But before Henry served his two days in prison, Kenton County Judge Douglas Grothaus had some harsh words.

The judge, balding and bespectacled, called ...

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