It has become quite common to hear that an NFL player has been arrested. From 2000-2014 there have been 697 NFL players (while active) arrested for a crime. The numbers below are a small snapshot of an enormous problem in the NFL.
Here are the top charges NFL players were arrested for from 2000-2014.
- 209: DUI arrests
- 91: Assault and battery
- 88: Drug arrest
- 87: Domestic Violence
- 47: Disorderly Conduct
- 46: Guns/Weapons
- Bonus: The player topping the charts with most arrests by a player is Adam “Pacman” Jones with 9 arrests.
- The Vikings lead the way with most arrests by team with 47
These numbers are staggering. It is sad to see a startling number of players take advantage of their opportunity to play in the NFL, and in some cases destroy that opportunity, by committing some type of crime. NFL team ownership needs to be more proactive so that they don’t have to be reactive. Instead of waiting for an athlete to make a mistake and then disciplining them, team owners, and the NFL itself, need to make better efforts to help the players improve themselves not only as athletes but as people. Whatever it may be, a change needs to be made. Hundreds of young men have an opportunity to change their families lives for generations. Team owners need to start viewing their players more as humanized employees and less as disposable objects.
But what do I know? I am not a professional athlete. I do not have the same life experiences as some of these individuals. I do not own a football team. I do not have millions or billions of dollars invested in anything. I am not an employer of one person, let alone hundreds. Maybe it is up to the teammates themselves to hold each other accountable? If there was one easy answer, I am sure team owners and GM’s around the country would have found it and applied it. After all, the last thing the front office wants is their players being arrested. So what is the answer? What is the solution? Does one even exist?What do you think?