AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former University of Texas at Austin running back Cedric Benson has been sued over an alleged attack by his Rottweiler on a woman and her dog, according to court records.
Lynn and Jerry Comegys filed the lawsuit in Travis County District Court after Benson’s “Rottweiler dogs” jumped on Lynn, knocked her down and attacked her and her dog, Carson, on July 18, according to the lawsuit.
Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, said Benson personally apologized and sent a letter to Lynn Comegys apologizing for what happened to her dog. Benson “also offered to pay for all the expenses she incurred as a result of the incident,” Bassett said.
“Mr. Benson is sorry about what happened but could not do more to try to remedy the situation than he did back in the Summer near the time when it happened,” Bassett said in an email.
KXAN received the letter Benson wrote to Lynn Comegys. In the letter, which was obtained from Bassett, Benson expressed his “deepest apologies for the damage [his] dog Annabelle caused…on July 18.”
Benson said he had opened his garage door before his dog was fully leashed, his dog sensed another dog outside and gave chase. “She is a naturally sweet dog and not a danger but was simply reacting to her environment,” Benson said in the letter.
Benson also offered to pay for the Comegys’ out-of-pocket medical expenses, and he said the dog would be leashed before opening the garage in the future, according to the letter.
The Comegys’ dog, Carson, needed significant medical procedures that resulted in thousands of dollars in medical bills. Lynn was bitten on the arm, according to the plaintiff’s attorney Brooks Schuelke.
“The dog knocked her down, bit her in the arm, and she has some injuries there that she is still receiving care for,” Schuelke said. The incident happened outside the address where the lawsuit was served in the Northwest Hills area, he said.
Schuelke said the attack primarily involved one Rottweiler that came out into the street, but another Rottweiler got involved when Benson went out to try to remove the first dog.
The Sept. 27 lawsuit names Benson and CMB Family LP—a Texas company managed by Benson, according to state records—as defendants.
“Mr. Benson came to try to remove his Rottweiler when another of Mr. Benson’s Rottweiler’s started going after Carson,” according to the lawsuit. “This is not Mr. Benson’s first issue with dangerous dogs. Mr. Benson has owned dogs in prior incidents that led to both criminal and civil issues.”
The plaintiffs allege Benson was negligent in failing to prevent the attack and properly handle the dogs, according to the suit.
The Comegys are seeking monetary relief of more than $200,000 but less than $1 million. Damages listed in the lawsuit include medical costs, lost earning capacity, physical impairment, pain, disfigurement and mental anguish, the lawsuit states.
Benson has made headlines in the past for issues related to his dogs. According to media reports, in late 2012 Benson’s dogs attacked and bit a number of calves.
In 2014, Benson was arrested for public intoxication. That charge was dismissed, according to his attorney.
Following his time at UT, Benson played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.