Associate says Dillon innocent

BY GEOFF HOBSON

Bengals Pro Bowl running back Corey Dillon plans to meet with coach Bruce Coslet and Bengals President Mike Brown before Tuesday's practice to explain his side of this past weekend's domestic incident in his hometown of Seattle.

The Associated Press said police in Federal Way, Wash., found Dillon with his wife and that her lip was bloody and he was booked for investigation of fourth-degree assault.

But Daryl Henry, Dillon's business associate, told bengals.com tonight Dillon is innocent and didn't hit her.

"She was the aggressor," Henry said. "She was the one throwing punches, Corey didn't hit anyone. He put his arms up to protect his face. He didn't hit her or throw a punch at her and he'll talk to the Bengals about it."

The Bengals, who have a bye this Sunday, had the weekend off following last Friday night's 21-13 loss to Detroit in the preseason finale in which Dillon had 45 yards on six carries. The club said earlier in the day that Dillon was excused from today's practice to tend to personal matters.

The Bengals, who were informed of the arrest late tonight, had no comment.

Running back Mario Bates of the Cardinals and Titans cornerback Denard Walker have each been suspended for a game after similar domestic incidents. But that was only after they went through the court system. Dillon hasn't been charged, according to AP.

Three weeks ago, Dillon, 24, the team's leading rusher in all three of his seasons, signed a one-year deal for $3 million.

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