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NFL Star Cedric Benson

Helps an Old Lady

Cross the Street

3/20/2012 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cedric Benson helps an old lady cross the street
NFL running back Cedric Benson has been arrested several times over the past few years, so to even begin to rehab his image he'd have to do something cheesy like ... oh, we don't know ... help an old lady cross the street. Well, what are the odds ...

According to our spies, Benson was having lunch a few weeks back in Austin, TX with some friends when he spotted the woman crossing the street, headed toward a nearby bus stop.

Benson immediately got up to help her cross the street. We're told the woman gave him a hug and told him, "We need more men like him in this world."
 
But this guy would probably beg to differ -- we broke the story ... Benson's ex-roomate claims the NFL star broke his face when they got into an argument over living arrangements last year. Benson's attorney said the running back was provoked ... claiming the alleged victim was using the incident to extort Cedric.

Random act of violence ... random act of kindness. Good thing he's not dyslexic. 

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12 COMMENTS

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1.

PRO US    

That lady was safe because she wasn't his gay lover.

948 days ago
2.

Truth    

SCHIZOID IS MORE LIKE IT... ONE TOO MANY SHOTS TO THE EMPTY FRIGGIN HEAD. #TRUTH!!

948 days ago
3.

James R. - Los Angeles    

How convenient that someone was close enough to snap a picture.

What a sad excuse for a photo op.

948 days ago
4.

Amber    

Would you please take that picture of his bloody face down??? I'm tired of looking at it!

948 days ago
5.

God-Of-Lyf    

Worse photo op EVER!!!!

948 days ago
6.

ohreally    

TMZ is very slick, I must say. It's a shame really.

948 days ago
7.

Ashley    

I'm sorry but I have to say whoever wrote this article cracked me up. As long as the nice lady is fine & dandy, who cares? Everybody has a past and who hasn't wanted to punch a roommate in the face a few good times?

948 days ago
8.

football101    

i no that ex-roommate of his i must say he is a very good and real man and has a kid so he is not gay for one and 2nd i have kicked it with the both of them and he was cedric right hand man, this is the same guy who was with cedric at the bar fight downtown austin when he hit the bartender in the face. so come one people this guy has been doing this to anyone he wants and gets away with it..you people grow up look at his pic and check out cedric jail pic.. he is all smiles when your done with that check out his other jail pic's.

948 days ago
9.

Tom Brokaw    

couldnt help but notice TMZ dropped the smashed face photo and just left a link to the original incident, whats wrong TMZ did you get a little phone call lol

948 days ago
10.

Angie    

WOW, How can you give a black man a busted lip?? He looks fine to me..

948 days ago
11.

RaffyBStatenIsland    

This is what it's come to: We praise these guys when they do what they're supposed to do.

948 days ago
12.

The Neko Nation    

What they didn't show is Cedric the crime repeating ghetto thug beating the woman and stealing her purse.

948 days ago

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