NFL News: Browns and LeCharles Bentley Settle Suit

Former Cleveland Browns center LeCharles Bentley has reportedly settled his lawsuit against the Cleveland Browns.

Fox Sports Ohio’s Pat McManamon reports that the former Pro Bowl offensive lineman, after months of back-and-forth squabbling that elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court, worked out an agreement with long-time Browns owner Randy Lerner.

Bentley had sued charging he got a staph infection at the team’s facility while rehabbing from 2006 knee surgery wherein the player tore his patellar tendon on the first day of training camp after signing as a free agent. The injury not only led to a revolving door of centers, but a recovery which allegedly nearly cost the player his life.

“These last six years have been the most trying time of my life, but now that it is over I can honestly say I am a better man for having gone through it,” Bentley said in a statement Monday night. “Randy Lerner and I – two men born and raised in Cleveland – were able to sit down face to face back in June and come to an agreement that was fair.”

[Related: Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report: 8/13/12]

  • MrCleaveland

    Who does Bentley sue when he catches a cold?

  • mgbode

    non-guaranteed deals in the NFL and the Browns training room had a rash of staph infections at the time. LCB’s cost him his career and all those future paydays.

  • MrCleaveland

    And Bentley has incontrovertible proof that the Browns caused him to get a staph infection through their own negligence?

    I don’t know, but I doubt it.

  • mgbode

    enough that the courts couldn’t fully decide, it escalated up the ranks and he and Lerner finally settled suit.

    now, let’s hope that LCB is as good at teaching OL as he was playing it before his injury (since our OGs both chose him as their offseason mentor/trainer).

  • porckchopexpress

    Civil case has a different standard of proof than a criminal case. LCB didn’t have to have “incontrovertible” proof, he just needed enough evidence to prove that it was likely to have occurred in the Browns training room. Its an intentionally vague standard that encourages the parties to come to a settlement on their own, rather than risk everything by placing a decision in a juries hands.

  • porckchopexpress

    Just wanted to add that incontrovertible evidence is only necessary when attempting to sentence Pink to be exposed before his peers.

  • Petefranklin

    Put him up against the wall!

  • MrCleaveland

    Whoa, that’s even better. Bentley doesn’t even have to prove anything to win the Lawsuit Lottery. Ka-CHING!