Bengals' Henry out of jail after serving two days

Updated: January 27, 2007, 7:14 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Bengals receiver Chris Henry was released from jail Saturday after completing a two-day sentence for letting minors drink alcohol in a hotel room he had rented.

Chris Henry
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Henry's guilty plea and two-day sentence settled the last of his four court cases. He has been arrested four times in the last 14 months.

As part of his two most recent convictions, Henry must avoid using alcohol and drugs. He also is on probation and must perform community service.

The NFL is likely to suspend Henry for the start of next season. He was suspended for two games this season after his first two court cases were settled. Under league policies, any additional convictions can result in a longer suspension.

Nine Bengals players have been arrested in the last nine months, and two have been suspended. Henry got the two-game penalty from the league, and linebacker Odell Thurman was suspended for last season after failing a drug test and getting arrested for drunken driving.

The Bengals' myriad off-field problems prompted team president Mike Brown to say his staff would take a different approach come draft day in April.

"There may be some gifted athletes we won't pick that we might have picked a year ago," Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Friday, a day after Kenton County District Judge Greg Grothaus told Henry in court that he embarrassed himself, his teammates, friends, family, the city and fans with his actions.

"I've never thought the word 'cancer' was appropriate for a human being," Brown told the newspaper. "People aren't cancerous. They misbehave. I would not use that word. But he deserved to be scolded, and it did not displease me that the judge did that. We're trying to do the same thing with Chris, to send a message to other players."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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