Chris Henry Is Cleared

By Mark Curnutte
Updated: May 24, 2007

CINCINNATI — Chris Henry received some good news late Wednesday morning.

The random drug test sample given by Henry to meet terms of his probation in Orange County, Fla., came back negative.

“Clean, man,” said Henry’s agent, New Jersey-based Marvin Frazier. “We’re not saying anything at this point, until we figure out what we’re going to do next.”

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told the Enquirer Wednesday afternoon that “(Chris Henry) obviously has strict requirements he has to attend to. He knows the significance he does and the repurcussions.”

The Bengals released the following statement:

“The Bengals are pleased that Kentucky’s Division of Probation and Parole has confirmed in a press advisory today that Chris Henry did not violate any court-ordered testing he has undergone.

“The club is not aware of any circumstance in which Chris has not complied with his obligations to legal and NFL-related procedures that will be required if he is to return to active playing status during the 2007 season.

“The Club regrets that incomplete and/or false information distributed to the media earlier this week resulted in incorrect reports regarding Chris’ status.”

The Division of Probation & Parole in Kentucky analyzes samples provided by Henry and relays those findings to court officials in Florida, where Henry is on probation for a felony gun conviction that stems from a January 2006 incident.

Final results of another positive field test from Henry, to meet terms of his probation in Kenton County, were not immediately known.

Henry’s attorney, Robert Lotz said that test is negative, too.

“I have copies of both tests here.”

Melissa Pryor-Reed, public information officer for the Kenton County Attorney’s office, gave the Enquirer this statement Wednesday.

“We did not receive the news advisory (from the Kentucky department of corrections) or the results, so until we receive the test results, we stand where we did (Tuesday) and will have no further comment.”

The Kentucky Department of Corrections in Frankfort released the following statement this morning: “The state Division of Probation & Parole, through our District 7 office in Newport, provides probation supervision of Chris Henry for the Florida Division of Probation and Parole.

“This supervision is provided through what is called the interstate compact agreement and is in connection with Henry’s Florida conviction in 2006 for carrying a concealed firearm.

“Henry received a sentence of two years supervised probation and that probation, under the interstate agreement, was transferred to Boone County, Kentucky.” Henry is on probation in Kenton County for allowing minor to drink alcohol in his hotel room in April 2006. It was a violation of Covington keg law ordinance. He served two days of a suspended 90-day sentence and also must submit to random drug testing under terms of his probation. Those tests are overseen by the Kentucky Alternative Program, a private agency that contracts to handle misdemeanor cases for Kenton and other Kentucky counties.