40 days and no NFL arrests

In early 2007, at a time when more and more players seemed to be getting arrested more and more frequently (which would result in the April 2007 unveiling of a new personal conduct policy), PFT decided to start keeping track of the arrests — and to adopt a twist on a device commonly used in workplaces to track the numbers of days without an injury.

At first, I was concerned that the “days without an arrest” tracker didn’t allow for three digits.  For a while, however, it rarely needed a second digit.

Today, for the first time since its debut, the tracker has hit 40.  (Former 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, cut last week after his home was searched reportedly in connection with a rape accusation, has not yet been arrested, and currently is not in the NFL.)  Whether that’s cause for celebration (you did it!) or a golf clap is a matter of debate.  As a matter of fact, the tracker is now less than two months away from finally needing that previously unneeded triple digit.

Maybe it’s a fluke.  Maybe I just jinxed it by pointing it out.  Or maybe players have realized through the experiences of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and others that real consequences arise when misbehavior happens.

The chances of misbehavior increase as of Monday, when the offseason begins for 20 teams — and when all players are left to their own devices into April.  Here’s hoping that the few who make the many look bad will take advantage of the various resources available to NFL players in order to avoid trouble for as long as possible into 2015.

27 responses to “40 days and no NFL arrests

  1. It might be a good idea for every team to offer every player a chance to come up with some kind of “accountability plan” with a dedicated partnership that will help them structure some kind of a strategy towards achieving their offseason goals. It could be a plan to accomplish any kind of a physical or mental fitness objective, or just a plan to keep their plate full with a constructive agenda.

  2. If McDonald is arrested, not counting him is a mere technicality. He was in the NFL at the time of the incident, and his behavior reflects badly on the league.

    The hard part is during the offseason. I would be much more impressed if every last player could go 40 days in March and April without so much as a single DWI arrest.

  3. I would like to think that the players got it, but I think the real reason is the season right now. Once the offseason hits there will be tons of issues. Player X will start drinking once the season is over. Assume some of the win and still need help teams win but don’t get in, some of those men are going to drown their sorrows. Some that drown their sorrows will overdo it. They are public figures, and will likely get no slack.

  4. if you count active roster, practice squad, and Injured reserve each team has 70ish players. 32 times 70 is 2240. if you sample any line of work with 2240 employees, I wonder what the arrest rate is for them? probably pretty similar to the nfl. now people that get arrested isn’t good and all that, but the way the media spins it makes it look like the nfl is full of criminals and terrible people. you have to look at everything in context, which rational people do but non-rational people(prob 80 percent of general public) don’t and will believe anything the media tells them.

  5. Does the arrest of persons on an NFL Coaching staff count or just NFL Players? I ask because there’s going to be a figurative explosion of the 49ers coaching staff come this Monday or Tuesday. Arrests might have to be made.

  6. Take any random sample of 1500 men in there 20s and 30s and I think you’ll find no difference in arrest rate

  7. Yeah I wouldn’t get too far ahead of yourself. Last Sunday for a majority of these guys is coming up very soon, and they’ll have several months to get back to partying form. And you’ll never, ever need that third digit, unless it’s a decimal place.

  8. You have 32 teams with 52 man rosters it’s essentially a small town and small towns have arrests.

    In the context of the sport, I think these guys are asked to play aggressively in a pretty violent sport and are expected to turn it off when they go home. I say this not to excuse their behavior, but to point out the NFL has an obligation here too. They should be proactive and not reactive by instituting a personal conduct policy that only addresses what happens on the back end.

    The majority of these guys come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and are products of violent communities and saw sports as an escape to another echelon, and the NFL and NCAA see fit to take advantage of that to the tune of billions of dollars. If they truly want the league cleaned up, put forth more of an effort on the front end. Why isn’t conduct aligned with the NCAA and NFL, so players are well prepared for that crossover – whether it be from high school to college or college to professional?

    Spotlights, money or currency being thrown at them and these guys are in their early 20’s and younger, but no one sees fit to provide more guidance.

  9. gbfanforever says:
    Dec 26, 2014 10:54 AM
    Take any random sample of 1500 men in there 20s and 30s and I think you’ll find no difference in arrest rate
    It’s just not that simple.

    The NHL has roughly half that amount of players, but the arrest rate is nowhere NEAR half of the NFL, it’s just a fraction of it.

    Their background and culture has a lot to do with it, like it or not.

  10. These articles are fillers or you are a bowl of contradiction, u know that during the season arrest rates are typically down, its when these guys are left up to their own devices during the of-season after Sunday (for most) that it shoots up.

  11. I hate to say this but maybe Roger Goodell’s disciplinary actions have gotten the players’ attention and had a positive effect. The off-season will be the real test.

  12. Didn’t you used to say if it got to a certain number you would get rid of it all together? Was it 100 days?

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