Is recent rash of arrests an aberration or the return of a trend?

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More than a decade ago, NFL player arrests happened far more frequently than they do now. Enhancements to the Personal Conduct Policy, made in both 2007 and 2014 by Commissioner Roger Goodell, changed that.

Recent events (four arrests this week) may be an aberration, fueled by the fact that players have had their routines disrupted by the pandemic. With no offseason programs, there’s no structure for players from April to June. And there’s no opportunity for coaches to continue to reiterate messages about responsible behavior and good citizenship and avoiding situations and decisions that, for men in their early 20s, could create all sorts of problems.

That said, four arrests represent a very small percentage of the total amount of players currently in the league, especially with rosters at 90 per team. The incidents stand out primarily because there had been so few problems in recent years, especially in comparison to how things used to be.

It remains to be seen whether this week’s incidents are a blip on the radar screen or the opening act of a long, hot summer. Either way, it’s important for the league and its teams to take steps aimed at reminding players about the importance of staying out of bad situations. If the teams can’t convince the players to avoid trouble before trouble happens, the league will handle things in a way that will serve as a clear and stark reminder.

40 responses to “Is recent rash of arrests an aberration or the return of a trend?

  1. These young men have never had much of any direction in life other than football.
    This is a travesty of family, common sense, and knowing right from wrong.
    They’ve been coddled and pumped up by coaches since they flashed some talent on the field.

  2. These guys weren’t your average undrafted free agents filling out the rosters. These guys had some money in their pockets.
    Somehow, I think that factors in. A roster bubble guy would tend to keep his nose clean. Some pretty serious charges in the mix.

  3. The lockdown had its effect on me. It made me slovenly. I am shaving less. Showering every other day, truth be told. And I ain’t proud of that. But, jeez, can’t see myself shooting up apartments or robbing people at gunpoint anytime soon.

  4. Distance learning and virtual team activities. Both bad ideas.

    Structure and discipline.

  5. NFL teams who do not have arrests, should move up 10 spaces in 3rd round.

  6. Four arrests may represent a small percentage among the total rosters right now, but that’s 4 arrests of those who got caught. How many more are driving above the legal BAC with a handgun in the console? How many more are at illegal gambling parties every weekend?

  7. How about the NFL awards teams better draft spots in the third round to teams with zero arrests? You know to encourage good behavior and better role models. Things the NFL really should be trying to improve on.

  8. Just because these guys are football players does not mean they’re not criminals. If they were other professions, they would probably already be out of a job. Even innocent, they put themselves in a bad spot.

  9. That ringing you hear in the background are NFL Owners calling the Governors in their states to bring Stay At Home orders back — at least until NFL camps are allowed to open.

  10. Probably if they were not football players, they would be doing this in a lesser scale.

  11. NFL players have a lower arrest rate than the general population in that age group. With 90 man offseason rosters there are 2,880 players in the league, mostly 21-35 years old.

  12. NFL players are also members of the U.S. population. There are about 3,000 young men, between ages 21 and 40 on NFL rosters. I would be willing to bet that these young NFL players get arrested at a much lower rate than the rest of that segment of the U.S. population. So maybe we should be using the NFL as a role model for the rest of the population. What are these kids doing to stay out of trouble, compared to the rest of us? Being in college for 3 or 4 years has a lot to do with it. If we were to have a serious discussion based on facts, that’s what we’d be saying. Or at least that’s what people who go by real facts would be saying. Good job NFL! I mean, one arrest out of 3,000 is one too many, but the NFL is mostly made up of law abiding young men, compared to everyone else in society. These young men even look better when you narrow it down to the arrest rates in the neighborhoods lots of these kids grew up in. By the time these kids get through 3 or 4 years of college, the NFL teams have a pretty good idea of who the bad apples are, and they generally steer clear of them. So it’s actually a combination of the colleges these kids attend, and the NFL that takes kids out of the ghetto’s and helps them become responsible citizens.

  13. whostolemyxanax says:
    May 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm
    NFL players have a lower arrest rate than the general population in that age group. With 90 man offseason rosters there are 2,880 players in the league, mostly 21-35 years old
    …………..
    If they actually started arresting Patriot players in Massachusetts it would be way higher.

  14. ricko1112 says:
    May 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm
    This is what many of these guys would be doing if not for football.

    ….at least not hanging out in the middle of a georgia road waiting for action.

  15. If they were not football players they would not be getting a slap of the hand and told do not do this again, that is till at least next week

  16. The sad thing is that they need coaches to remind them about responsible behavior and don’t have the common sense not to act like antisocial derelicts on their own.

  17. How about discussing the Bengals’ character and culture changes. You rarely hear about Bengal players getting in trouble with the law.

  18. How many arrests did the NFL have through the off season at this time last year? That is the first question that needs to be answered. Not just plain speculation. One bad weekend might be in the middle of a best off season in recent years if you don’t collect all the facts.

  19. “”That said, four arrests represent a very small percentage of the total amount of players currently in the league””
    Yes, but how many other millionaires in the US got arrested for this weekend for guns, drinking and violence?

  20. As the old saying goes “IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE,ODDS ARE IT ISN’T TRUE”.
    It goes the other way also,
    IF IT SOUNDS STUPID + HAVING A GUN INVOLVED “IT IS STUPID”.

  21. Obvious trend.

    And wait till August.

    Right now everyone is like, “it’s summer time” but really we’re not even to JUNE.

    Just wait until people (players) really get hot and bothered.

  22. “patriotmaleorgy says: May 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm. whostolemyxanax says: May 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm. NFL players have a lower arrest rate than the general population in that age group. With 90 man offseason rosters there are 2,880 players in the league, mostly 21-35 years old
    …………..
    If they actually started arresting Patriot players in Massachusetts it would be way higher.”
    *
    Pats fan all the way here, but I have to say that was one of the funnier comments I’ve heard lately. I laughed.

  23. They could probably make a pretty entertaining TV show based on the colorful lives these NFL players lead…

  24. lgw91s says:

    These guys weren’t your average undrafted free agents filling out the rosters. These guys had some money in their pockets.
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    Chances are that they blow their game checks as soon as they get them and are broke in the offseason. We aren’t talking about civilized, intelligent and responsible people here.

  25. Dudes spend millions on a house with no furniture and don’t like staying in them.

  26. Maybe goodell could introduce a concept in rewarding teams with 3rd rd draft picks if they suffer no arrests in the off-season.

  27. If they actually started arresting Patriot players in Massachusetts it would be way higher.
    —————————–
    Don’t forget the ones who slink off to Florida.

  28. Regardless of whether it is an aberration or a return to a trend, the reality is the NFL should set a higher standard. 1 strike and you are out. Period. Banned for life for any felony conviction. There are places for second chances. The NFL is not it.

  29. These are people who claim to be men therefore they should be treated as such. However for far too long, too many of them were coddled. Why should they need to be reminded to do, not just the right things, but the legal things too.

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