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State of Kentucky says Henry didn't fail drug test

CINCINNATI -- Suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
Chris Henry has passed his drug screenings, a Kentucky prosecutor
and an attorney for the player said Wednesday.

"There were no drugs found in his system," said attorney
Robert Lotz, who received the final test results at his office in
nearby Covington, Ky.

Rob Sanders, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Kenton County, Ky.,
confirmed that lab analysis of Henry's drug tests came back
negative.

"He's been tested and cleared twice," Sanders said.

The Bengals said they were pleased with the latest news on
Henry.

"The club is not aware of any circumstance in which Chris has
not complied with his obligations to legal and NFL-related
procedures that will be required if he is to return to active
playing status during the 2007 season," the Bengals said in a
statement.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment Wednesday on
Henry.

Henry undergoes drug screenings as part of his probation in
Orlando, Fla., for carrying a concealed weapon and in Kenton County
for letting minors drink in a hotel room he rented. Kentucky state
authorities screen Henry for Florida authorities.

Reports had circulated Monday that Henry, already suspended for
eight NFL games and on probation in both Kentucky and Florida for
crimes there, had failed a drug test. Henry's agent denied the
report, and the Kenton county prosecutor's office conceded there
were inconsistencies and that more testing was needed.

The Kentucky Division of Probation and Parole said Wednesday
that Henry had passed a drug screening it conducted for Florida.

"Our office did receive results today of a drug test conducted
on Henry, and those results were negative," said Lisa Lamb, a
spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

The Kenton County screening is done by a local agency.
Spokeswoman Melissa Pryor-Reed said the county prosecutor's office
had not yet received the final test results.

Lotz said he had the results of both screenings and both were
negative, and Sanders, the Commonwealth's attorney for the judicial
circuit comprised of Kenton County, said he had also received
confirmations in both cases.

"I think Chris Henry is owed an apology," Lotz said Wednesday.

The stakes are high for Henry, who was arrested four times over
a 14-month period. Failing a drug screening could not only mean
jail time but an extension of his NFL suspension by a full year or
more.

The Bengals, who had nine players arrested in a nine-month span,
were part of the reason that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell
introduced a conduct policy last month that stiffens penalties and
holds franchises responsible when their players get into trouble.

Goodell suspended Henry, a third-year pro, for eight games and
his former West Virginia teammate Adam "Pacman" Jones, Tennessee
cornerback, for the season.

"I must emphasize to you that this is your last opportunity to
salvage your NFL career," Goodell wrote in letters to the players.