Wednesday, June 26, 2013

27 players arrested since the Super Bowl, almost enough players to start a team!

As the helicopters hovered over Aaron Hernandez and another media stakeout camps on another football player's curb, it should be obvious that such scenes are going to be a constant companion of the NFL. The Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson and Michael Vick and Jovan Belcher stories will continue to repeat themselves because the game has become too high profile. Players are more famous, they feel bulletproof, old associates don't go away and new trouble attaches itself to new fame.
The most popular league in the country has a problem many of its own players don't know how to handle: How do you steer yourself away from the things that can take you down?

Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots (June 26): Arrested on murder charges for the alleged execution-style death of former associate Odin Lloyd.

Ausar Walcott, Cleveland Browns (June 26): Arrested for attempted murder after punching a man outside a club in New Jersey

Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles (June 12): Arrested for street racing and leading police on a high-speed chase

Pacman Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (June 11): Arrested on an assault charge for allegedly punching a woman outside a club in Cincinnati

Joe Morgan, New Orleans Saints (May 29): Arrested for DWI in Louisiana

Mike Goodson, New York Jets (May 17): Arrested on drug and gun charges in New Jersey

Titus Young, free agent (May 5, twice, and May 10): Arrested on suspicion of DUI, and then arrested again on the same day for trying to steal his own car from the tow yard. Arrested less than a week later for burglary

Armonty Bryant, Cleveland Browns (May 6): Arrested for DUI in Oklahoma

Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals (May 3): Arrested for aggravated assault after an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend

Claude Davis, New York Jets (May 2): Arrested for marijuana possession in New Jersey

Cliff Harris, New York Jets (May 2): Arrested for marijuana possession in New Jersey

Quentin Groves, Cleveland Browns (April 24): Arrested for solicitation in a prostitution sting in Ohio

Ronnell Lewis, Detroit Lions (April 23): Arrested for getting in a bar fight in Oklahoma

Rolando McClain, Baltimore Ravens (April 22): Arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Alabama

William Moore, Atlanta Falcons (April 18): Arrested for simple battery after allegedly grabbing a woman by the shoulder in Atlanta

Amari Spivey, Detroit Lions (March 27): Arrested for third-degree assault in an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend in Connecticut

Brandon Barden, Tennessee Titans (March 23): Arrested on suspicion of DUI after driving his car off the road in Georgia

Trumaine Johnson, St. Louis Rams (March 22): Arrested for misdemeanour DUI in Montana

Evan Rodriguez, Chicago Bears (March 21 and May 31): Arrested for resisting an officer in Miami (charged later dropped), and then for DUI, speeding and “improper lane usage”

Cody Grimm, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (March 10 and May 28): Arrested for public intoxication in Virginia twice

Quinton Carter, Denver Broncos (March 9): Arrested for allegedly cheating at craps at a Vegas casino, case dismissed

Javarris James, Arizona Cardinals (March 7): Arrested for failing to appear in court in Florida

J’Marcus Webb, Chicago Bears (Feb. 24): Arrested for marijuana possession in Illinois, charges dropped

Desmond Bryant, Cleveland Browns (Feb. 24): Arrested for criminal mischief in Miami

Al Netter, San Francisco 49ers (Feb. 22): Arrested for DUI in California

Da’Quan Bowers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Feb. 18): Arrested for having a gun in his luggage at LaGuardia Airport, charges later reduced to disorderly conduct

Michael Boley, New York Giants (Feb. 8): Arrested for child abuse in Alabama

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