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Bengals WR Henry will have to face Lewis

CINCINNATI (Jan. 31, 2006) -- Receiver Chris Henry's weekend arrest on gun charges might jeopardize his future with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The third-round draft pick from West Virginia was arrested in Orlando, Fla., in a weekend street altercation, authorities said. He was already facing drug charges that resulted from a traffic stop last month in the Cincinnati area.

Coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement that Henry's arrest "is unfortunate and does not shine a good light on the Bengals organization," adding that he "will deal with Chris in relation to his standing on our football team."

Lewis benched Henry for one game in December after the receiver's arrest on drug charges. Henry, the team's No. 3 receiver, was charged with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in northern Kentucky. Those charges are pending.

The latest charges follow his arrest early Jan. 28 in Orlando, where police said he pulled a 9 mm pistol on a group of revelers. An officer directing traffic aimed his gun at Henry and ordered him to drop the pistol, the police report states.

Henry moved toward a limousine in the street and threw the gun inside the car, the report says. The officer pulled Henry away from the limo and pushed him to the ground, according to the report.

Police said Henry appeared to be preparing to fight with a group on the sidewalk. Officers found a 9 mm Luger on the back seat of the limousine and a loaded magazine in a gutter where Henry was standing, the report says. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office had listed the gun as stolen.

Henry was charged with felony counts of possession of a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm. He posted $3,000 bail and was released.

The Associated Press News Service

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