The National Football League is in a golden age right now: It’s been 23 days since one of its players has been arrested.
The average time between arrests is just seven days, while the record without an arrest is slightly more than two months, at 65 days, according to NFLarrest.com, which “provides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges,” the site says.
Players get arrested for a variety of crimes: drunk driving, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, gun violations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, theft, burglary, rape and even murder.
The NFL virtually embraces players who abuse women. Take this report in the Chicago Tribune: “In the first round [of the 2017 draft], the Oakland Raiders drafted Gareon Conley, who has been accused of rape. In the second round, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Joe Mixon, who in a much-viewed video punches a woman so hard that she falls down unconscious. In the sixth round, the Cleveland Browns selected Caleb Brantley, who was accused of doing pretty much what Mixon did.”
The hypocrisy is so stark that Donald Trump Jr. fired out this fierce tweet on Sunday.
If only Roger Goodell cared as much about domestic abuse and traumatic brain injury as he does about disrespecting America. #nfl
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 25, 2017
The top team — at least in arrests — is, weirdly, the Minnesota Vikings, according to NFLarrest.com. Rounding out the Top 5: Denver, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Jacksonville.
By year, 2006 was a doozy: 71 arrests of NFL players. 2013 had 62 arrests, while last year was the lowest in the data base at just 28 arrests. This year, the players are setting a torrid pace:
Assault and battery – 7
Drugs – 6
DUI – 5
Domestic violence – 5
Disorderly conduct – 4
Resisting arrest – 2
Guns – 1
License/traffic – 1
Other – 1
That makes 32 arrests — and we’re only in Week 3.
The top crimes are:
DUI – 218
Domestic violence – 98
Assault – 74
Disorderly conduct – 44
So, maybe — just maybe — NFL players aren’t the best ones to be preaching to America about the perils of police brutality.