Star Football Player Wrecks Bike, Out for Season

Marcus Benard, a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns, has pled not guilty to two charges stemming from his October wreck of his Can-Am Spyder. Benard broke his hand and sustained other injuries in the wreck which has ended his 2011-2012 season.

A witness told police that Benard was traveling at “a high rate of speed” before he crossed four lanes of traffic and slammed into a guard rail, where police estimated Benard traveled over 200 feet in the air after impact.
The team has decided it will keep Benard, despite his contract violation which forbids him from sky diving and riding motorcycles. A pre-trial hearing has been set for Nov. 21, 2011.