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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Orson Charles (80) during the AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

It's hard for a fullback to make headlines during the offseason, but Cincinnati’s Orson Charles found a way.

Charles was arrested in Madison County, Ky., late Monday and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, according to The Bengals' fullback allegedly pulled a gun during a road rage incident.

Here is’s explanation of Charles’ charges:

Wanton endangerment in the first degree in Kentucky is defined as when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, someone wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another.

Charles was a fourth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. The Bengals converted him from tight end to fullback last season. He has eight starts in 31 games.

Charles is not a star player, which never helps with job security. Considering he was arrested for a DUI prior to the NFL draft, his inability to stay out of trouble will not help him stay employed in Cincinnati. The Bengals used to be a safe haven for troubled athletes, but that is no longer the case.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis might keep Charles around, but not if he continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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