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Browns CB Bodden to start Sunday

Even with a legal problem facing him, Tony Grossi and Gabriel Baird of the Cleveland Plain Dealer are reporting that Cleveland Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden is expected to start against trhe Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. Team head coach Romeo Crennel on Thursday told the Plain Dealer that until the facts of the case in question against Bodden come out, he will start this Sunday at CB.

On Thursday, Bodden told the Inquirer regarding the case, “You all know there are two sides to every story. But right now I can’t comment on my side of the story. My attorney’s going to handle that. It’s unfortunate that this is a distraction before the Steelers game. I apologize to my coaches and my teammates, and I’ve talked to the coaches and we’re trying to get past that and get ready for Pittsburgh. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

According to to the NFL, Bodden could possibly face disciplinary action under their souped-up personal conduct policy, which states: “Unless the case involves significant bodily harm, a first offense generally will not result in discipline until there has been a disposition of the proceeding.” Bodden, being a first-time offender, stands a decent chance of no penalties. But that’s speculation until there’s a disposition of the case. As required by the league, the Browns reported the incident to NFL security.

The case in question involving Bodden originated at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Wednesday, where he was arrested for arguing with local police officers and resisting arrest in the “arrivals” area of the airport. Bodden was there to pick up his girlfriend and their two children. Bodden posted a $1,000 bond and was released on Thursday at 1:05 AM. Later the same morning, Bodden’s attorney, Matt Selby, entered “not-guilty” pleas in Cleveland Municipal Court to charges of resisting arrest, failure to comply and a traffic ticket. A pretrial court date was set for September 25 for 9 AM.

This appears, at least to me, to be a case of a misunderstanding between Bodden and the officers involved in the case. Whether it does in fact go to trial is unclear, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a resolution of this case well before the September 25 court date. Bodden, by all accounts, is a law-abiding citizen with none of the baggage that certain other NFL players carry.

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