Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is "battling for his life" after falling out of the back of a pickup truck yesterday during what police described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee.
Henry was found in the road about 8 miles north of downtown Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Robert Fey said officers were stationed near the 26-year-old Henry's hospital room. He had no information on Henry's condition, but said he was alive. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Henry suffered serious head injuries in the incident. FoxSports.com, citing a source, reported early this morning that Henry was on life support and called the situation "dire."
"We ask everyone to pray for Chris," agent Andy Simms of PlayersRep Sports said in a statement. "We also ask that you respect the privacy of Chris' family. Chris is indeed battling for his life tonight, and our thoughts and prayers [are] with him during this extremely difficult time."
Police said a dispute began at a home just before noon and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his fiancee - whom they did not identify by name - was driving away from the residence.
"The domestic situation continued between the operator and Mr. Henry," the police said in a statement. "At some point while she was driving, Mr. Henry came out of the back of the vehicle."
The Enquirer identified the woman as Henry's fiancee, Loleini Tonga. Fey wouldn't identify the woman, but said no charges would be filed yesterday.
Henry was away from the team after breaking his left forearm during a win over Baltimore on Nov. 8. He had surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve following the game. Charlotte is home to his fiancee's parents.
Henry is in the final year of his contract with the Bengals, who let him go after his fifth arrest following the 2007 season. Owner Mike Brown then brought him back a few months later, signing him to a 2-year deal. Henry had stayed out of trouble since his return.
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