Remaining charges against Benson dropped

The Associated Press is reporting that the two misdemeanor charges remaining against Cedric Benson have been dropped after a review of the case indicated that there wasn't enough evidence to convict the UT freshman.

Both Benson and Mack Brown released statements through The University Monday afternoon.

Statement from Cedric Benson:

I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and all of the Longhorn fans for the negative attention and embarrassment this situation has brought to the program and UT. I also want to thank all of them for their support and faith in me through this ordeal.

This was an unfortunate incident, but I was confident that the truth would come out in the end. It has been a tough couple of weeks for me. I've been preparing for finals, which is the most important thing, trying to get ready for baseball and doing everything I need to for football. Because of all of the support I've received from everyone, I made it through.

My number one concern all along was the example that I set for kid. I've worked extremely hard to maintain a positive image and to set a good example and I want to continue to do that. The situation was unfortunate, but hopefully it will help me teach kids a lesson.

I'm thankful for my Midland attorney Brian Carney, the attorneys that helped on this case and the Midland authorities for handling this with professionalism. I am certain that in the future the only time you will see my name mentioned in the newspapers is going to be for the accomplishments that my teammates and I achieve. I'm looking forward to playing baseball with the Dodgers this Summer and then coming back and helping my team prepare for another challenging season.

From this point forward, my attorney has asked me not to say anything further about the case.

Statement from Mack Brown

"We're happy for Cedric that his situation has been resolved. He is such a great young man and this has been very trying for him, but I'm glad that everything worked out. Like I said earlier, we have been in constant contact with Cedric and he has been very honest and forthcoming with us. We are glad to see the trust we had in him held true. I'm proud of how he has handled this difficult situation and now he's ready to move on with his life."

For the AP story on the dropped charges, click here.

Also see the Austin American-Statesman story by clicking here.

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