Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chris Henry, 1983-2009. R.I.P.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry has died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday. He was 26.

Apparently, Henry was involved in what local authorities describe as a domestic dispute with his fiancé. Henry jumped on the flat bed of a truck driven by his fiance and then subsequently fell out of the truck. Whether this happened accidentally or was an act of vehicular homicide is not clear at this point.

Henry had a troubled past. He has had infractions with authority during both his collegiate and NFL career. Henry had been arrested on drug, weapons and assault charges. In fact, the Bengals had released him in April 2008 due to his ongoing problems. However, the team gave him a second chance and re-signed him four months later.

Until last night, Henry had not any other further off the field problems and appeared to have turned a corner. At the time of his death, Henry had been on the injured reserve list after breaking his forearm while making a catch during a game against the Baltimore Ravens last month.

The Bengals are currently leading the AFC North and are poised to make their first playoff appearance since 2005 and only their second since 1990. However, tragedies like this have a way of making it very difficult for teams to concentrate on sport and understandably so.

1 comment: said...

I am not a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, but it is still upsetting to hear of his death. It seemed like he was genuinely interested in turning his life around, but he never got the chance to do it completely. He died far too young. RIP